We don't really have any nicknames for Gavin. Sometimes we'll call him Gavin boy, and rarely we'll call him Gav, but he's usually just Gavin. When we were first thinking of a name for him, we knew his middle name would be John. I didn't want anyone to calling him AJ or TJ or anything like that, so we wanted to have his first name start with a letter that doesn't go with J. About half the alphabet was out. AJ, BJ, CJ, EJ, DJ, JJ, LJ, OJ, PJ, RJ, TJ. So the letters we were left with were F, G, H, I, K, M, N, Q, S, U, V, W, X, Y, and Z. I don't know why I was so set against a two letter nickname, but I was. In the end, Gavin was the name we were both drawn to, and it worked perfectly. No one was going to call him GJ. The funny thing is, sometimes I call him GJ as a joke.
Oh my silly, silly Gavin boy.
Maren, on the other hand, has lots of nicknames. We started out calling her Maren-Barren, but we thought it was mean and sad to call her barren, so we shortened it to Mare-Bear. Because that sounds like Care-Bear, sometimes we call her Care-Mare. We also call her Mare-Mare. She also has a nickname given to her by Gavin. One day he walked up to her, pointed at her, and said "Kovack." I have no idea what that means, but it was really funny. Since it kind of sounds like an orc name, we use Kovack when Maren is being grumpy.
Kovack is not impressed.
Oh how I love my sweet babies!