Nov 3, 2010  •  In Asian, Claire, Cute, Funny, Personal

Meet Cloudy

When my younger sister posted the first picture of herself holding her niece Claire on Facebook, she captioned it: “In the words of Phil Dunphy: ‘Claire? Isn’t that gonna be hard for her to say?'”

(If you don’t get the joke, go watch the pilot episode of Modern Family. Hilarious! What a great show!)

My sister’s words had a ring of truth to them, because according to my mother, we couldn’t have picked a worse name for Asians to enunciate — it has both an L and an R! — and NONE of the grandparents can pronounce it correctly.

In fact, one night my father mistakenly called Claire “Cloudy” instead. Where he got the extra syllable, no one knows. But the error managed to crack everyone up and Claire’s first nickname was born.

My sister took the joke a step further and gifted Claire with a teddy bear wearing a shirt embroidered with the word “Cloudy” (and as an added bonus, the bear plays the theme from Star Wars when you squeeze its left paw). Here’s a snapshot of Claire — the first Cloudy — with Cloudy the bear:

J loves Cloudy the bear so much that he plans on taking a photo of Claire and Cloudy together every night to record her growth. Right now they are about the same size, but we have no doubts that she will soon become significantly larger than the bear…after all, we discovered at her pediatrician appointment yesterday that she had gained almost three pounds in just a month!

As for the grandparents, they have given up on trying to pronounce “Claire” correctly. They now call her by her respective Chinese (君婷) and Korean (다정) names.

9 Responses to “Meet Cloudy”

  1. That picture is priceless! I love how they are the same size still :) And we are definitely taking our parent's pronunciation abilities into consideration when we pick our names, haha. Luckily, the names I like should be ok… I think!

  2. LHR:

    love the pic. cute nickname and great story attached.

    we definitely took our parents' pronunciation into account…yet somehow my dad still misspells the name…even though it's 4 letters and really obvious. hell, he still spells my name wrong…

    we joke that if we have a daughter we should name her 'lorelei'.

  3. She. Is. Adorable.

    So cute!! I love the new nickname :) Cloudy. Haha!

  4. kimmie:

    cute cute cute!

    My grandma can't pronounce my son's name (Peyton) and calls him "bacon" instead. I don't see how tha'ts any easier to pronounce, but oh well.

  5. Fiona:

    The second part of Clarie's Chinese name is the first part of mine! It's rare (well, I think it is) to see someone with "ting" written like that for their name!

  6. Donna:

    Too cute! My in-laws still call him "Xiao Bao"
    You should do monthly pics next to Cloudy. You'll be amazed when it gets to the point where she's much bigger and holding Cloudy!

  7. baeshinja:

    OMG!!! she's freakin precious… stop it! hahahah!

  8. Suzy:

    I need to point out that credit is due to Andrew, who was mostly responsible for Cloudy the Bear. :)

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