You might think that I disliked my son's name, based on how many other things I tend to call him--Griffy, Griffo, Spiffy Griffy, Nifty Grifty, Darlin', mon lionceau (my lion cub, because a gryphon is half lion, half eage), mon amour, mon chéri, mon chéri amour [n.b. as even Stevie Wonder knows, "mon chéri" is used when the recipient of your adoration is male; say "ma chérie" for females]. And when he's misbehaving or being particularly silly*, I roll my eyes and exclaim "Child!" with exasperation in my best southern accent.
But my favorite pet name for him is my own creation, an amalgam of "mon amour" (my love) and "ourson" (baby bear): mon amourson.
While I like thinking that my kid is the only one in town (in the country?) being called an "amourson," I do wonder what diminutives and baby-talk names native speakers of French use with their children. The only one I've heard often is "fiston" for a boy child, which for some reason just doesn't appeal to me.
Care to share any others or a link to a relevant website? My "love-cub" and I thank you in advance!
*By the way, I'm also in the market for a good equivalent of "silly" in French. Nothing seems to fit--"capricieux" has negative connotations, "bête" even more so, "rigolo" and "amusant" and "drôle" don't cut it either. I'm looking for an adjective that conveys my appreciation for his whimsy and silliness. Any ideas?