Isn't it funny how you have things in your head about the way things should be, or how you expect them to be anyway?
When we named our first daughter we planned on calling her Ali, and we sometimes do, although when we do it's typically Ali-pants. Don't ask, I'm not sure I could explain, but mostly we call her by her full name and she frequently corrects anyone who shortens it.
When we named our second daughter, we had the expectation of calling her Elle, but as she grew, that never really fit. We call her by her full name too. Now that she's been in school for a while and talking forever(!) she has managed to develop her own nickname. Whether or not it sticks through into grade school I guess we'll see, but right now all her friends at school call her Lizzy, and some how that seems to suit her so much better.
Elle is a calm, sweet, sophisticated name, in my head. Not that my baby isn't sweet, but calm...no, not by a long shot. She is a pistol. Fully loaded. Smart, sassy and full of personality. I guess to me that seems to fit a Lizzy better.
So, my dreams of an Ali and Elle sister partnership is likely not going to happen, but whatever does happen these two red headed little crazies of mine will do it thoroughly, because they are their father's daughters. :)