I’m 10 weeks today! According to www.babycenter.com, my baby is now the size of a kumquat. I like kumquats. They’re little and silly, and they have a fun name. I think I’m going to enjoy calling the baby a kumquat this week.
Speaking of what to call the baby, I got my husband to sit down and talk baby names yesterday. I’ve been wanting him to come up with his own list of names he likes instead of simply picking and choosing off mine. To facilitate the process (and since I thought a huge book of baby names might intimidate him), I introduced him to Nymbler.
On the boys’ side, he put in six names he already likes (a few originally from his list, a few that were originally mine). I have starred the ones we put in as our inspirations. We then added to the list any of Nymbler’s suggestions that he said he liked. Here’s how his boys’ list currently stands:
For the girls, he put in our currently agreed-upon top five (starred). With the Nymbler suggestions, his list now looks like this:
Overall, I’d say the boys’ list still feels a little all over the place. I do like most of the names, but I find some far more exciting than others. The only one I don’t care for at all is Curtis — I have a vague sense that I must have known a very unpleasant Curtis in my formative years.
I am extremely pleased with how the girls’ list turned out. I’d happily use just about any name from the list. One thing Brian and I do agree on is that we don’t want a very common name, so I’m guessing Audrey and Rachel will get crossed off the list at some point, lovely though they may be.
This all led to a bit of a scary offer last night. You see, I’ve been trying to convince him we should consider using two middle names for our daughters. I have a strong desire to pass on my middle name (Joy), as it has been used in some form by women in my family for three generations now. However, combined with our current two-syllable top girls’ picks and our one-syllable last name, the combos seem a bit bland. Clara Joy Grey. Sonia Joy Grey. I have this feeling that I should be able to come up with something better. Something like Clara Anneliese Joy Grey or Clara Gwendolen Joy Grey would just sparkle a bit more.
Brian is very skeptical about the two middle name idea. I told him last night that I would let him have final say on the girls’ first name if I got to give her two middles. It was a scary offer to make — after all, it does leave us open to the slight possibility that he’ll suddenly fall in love with McKayla or Destiny. Still, considering the names he’s already picked, I think I’d be pretty safe.
Fortunately or unfortunately, my offer was refused. Oh, well. I do think it’s better for naming a child to be a collaborative process, and we do have almost seven months to work this out.
I’d love to hear your reactions to his list — favorites, least favorites — or your opinion on using two middle names. And since school is out, I should be back to regular posting this week. Thanks for reading, as always!