We’re having a boy!
My husband and I are very excited! He has been wanting our firstborn to be a son all along. As a big brother himself, he tends to feel that role is very important. I’ve been going back and forth, but lately I’ve been wanting to decorate the nursery in trains, and now it looks like I’ll get to.
Of course, this means we still have a long road ahead of us in terms of naming. You see, we had pretty much settled on a girls’ name. If it were a she, she would probably have been Clara Joy Anneliese. We’d even jokingly come up with a hermaphrodite name, in case our child were to be born with both parts and we wanted him-her to make the decision later on. He-she would have been Elliot Joyce. (I know Joyce might not be ideal as a boys’ name anymore, but we want to use family middles, and it’s the only family name that even comes close to sounding decent on both genders. Because you really can’t have a boy named Ruth or a girl named Steve.)
But our little one is clearly all boy, at least judging from the pictures the sonographer showed us. And boys’ names are tough, at least for me. We’ve yet to find one that sounds like “the one.” For those who are curious, here’s the current list of names that have been suggested by either me or my husband and not flat-out vetoed by either one of us. Current favorites (of mine or his) are closer to the top:
- Edward / Edmond
- Simon / Simeon
- Miles / Milo
As I mentioned, we’ve agreed to use family middles. We’ve narrowed the list down to these five, and once we pick the first name, we’ll choose the middle that sounds best with it:
- Arthur: This was the middle name of my father and my husband’s grandpa, and I love that it honors both sides of the family at once.
- Daniel: Another two-for-one choice. My husband is Brian Daniel and my grandpa was John Daniel, though he always went by Dan instead of John.
- Benjamin: My husband’s dad is Ben… just Ben. We’d use the longer form in honor of him.
- Bennett: A less expected way of honoring Ben.
- William: After my husband’s favorite grandfather, Wilbert Arthur. Wilbert is just a bit too dorky now-a-days, but I think William makes a fine adaptation.
The good thing about not having settled on a boys’ name yet is that we still have several months of naming fun ahead of us! As always, any comments or suggestions are appreciated.