Aside from the " Are you getting ANY sleep?" question, ( the answer is YES! He's been a great overnight sleeper since early on), the second most popular question I get happens when I introduce him to people.
For instance, my exchange with a female grocery checker this morning...
Checker looks in and sees Sal's shirt..: " Sal", is that his name?
Me: "Yep, short for Salvatore."
Checker: " That's different. It must be a family name."
Me: " Nope. "
Checker looks dumfounded: "Oh..it's just that you don't hear of many babies with that name."
I'm thinking to myself--okay, lady, you have made it completely obvious that either A) you grew up under a rock, or B) you wouldn't name your kid Salvatore. My guess is that it is more likely B than A, and I'm okay with that.
So, to answer the second most popular question---Is his name a family name? The answer is no.
It's likely that somewhere in one of our family trees full of Italian decendents, that one of us has a great uncle Salvatore or something, but he certainly wasn't named after anyone in particular.
Simply put, we wanted a traditional Italian name ( NZ and I are both at least a quarter Italian, if not more), spelled the way it sounds, and won't sound silly when he's a grown man conducting business. None of this, "Hi, my name is Blue Ivy" bull$h!t.".
So, there you have it. The story behind the man, the myth, the legend-to-be, Salvatore.