Baby Family Pip

In which Pip is addressed as a grown up


In the last few weeks since Pip arrived we’ve had a little flurry of baby related post. And at first it was addressed to Baby Butterflies*, or The Parent or Guardian of Baby Butterflies, and that was fine, it was exactly the same as the letters we’d had about the girls, usually right down to the words inside.

But then as Pip’s real name started to filter through the system they changed. And we came across another of those ‘things you never knew about until you had a boy’.

The girls’ letters were addressed to Miss Kitty Butterflies or Miss Elma Butterflies, and that always seemed to fit perfectly. If you think of a Miss it can just as easily be the tiny baby girl in your arms as the memory of your third form primary school teacher, who though probably only in her 40’s at the time seemed utterly ancient to a seven year old me.

But it appears that boys, even the tiny ones, are Mr. And even though I know it’s his name, there’s still part of me that looks at a letter addressed to Mr Pip Butterflies and has to double take. Mr Pip is a grown up, the teenager who will one day loom over me, and the man that he’s yet to become. Mr is the future, it doesn’t really feel like the present.

I mean, how can someone who looks like this:

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Be a Mr?

*NB. Butterflies isn’t actually our surname – wouldn’t it be lovely if it was though, I wonder if anyone actually has it as a surname?

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  • Brandi 30/10/2014 at 11:40 am

    This started my day with a smile 🙂

    • Carie 30/10/2014 at 8:49 pm
  • Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely 30/10/2014 at 2:53 pm

    Carie Butterflies sounds lovely 😉 My boys receive mail addressed to Master X. They haven’t had a Mr yet. It sounds very grown up.

    • Carie 30/10/2014 at 8:57 pm

      Oh I wish they used Master around here, that sounds little and sweet!

  • Donna 30/10/2014 at 3:25 pm

    I work in a bank and we stopped calling boys ‘Master’ a few years back as it cut down on admin always calling them Mr! But yep, he doesn’t look like a Mr just yet! x

    • Carie 30/10/2014 at 8:58 pm

      I can see why you’d do it, but he just looks too little!!

  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure 30/10/2014 at 8:41 pm

    I really wish his name was pip Butterlies! I am just waiting for the day in a few years when we get post to Mr. D and have to work out which of the four of them it is!

    • Carie 30/10/2014 at 9:02 pm

      We’ve definitely been careful to choose different initials for everyone to try to make it a bit easier but I know what you mean, it’s going to be crazy with two Miss and two Mr Butterflies in the house!

  • sally 05/11/2014 at 9:35 pm

    I do think you all need to change your names by deed poll, butterflies is such a perfect surname. And whatever happened to ‘Master’?