Tuesday, July 16, 2013
When you're expecting a baby, there are three questions that everyone seems to want to know: Is this your first? Do you know if you're having a girl or a boy? Do you have a name picked out? They're harmless questions and they're the ones that I usually ask as well. But the name question. Everyone has an opinion about names! And they aren't afraid to share those opinions.
With only 7-8 weeks until Baby Billie Jean arrives, I'm afraid to admit that we do not have a real name picked out (no, the baby's name will not be Baby Billie Jean). Picking out a name seems like so much pressure. It's how this little person will be known, it will often be the first thing that someone new learns about her, and many times the name ends up being permanent. What if she hates her name? What if the name doesn't fit her? Whenever I think of names I think of the book Freakanomics and those twins Lemonjello and Oranejello.
Pressure aside, we're having trouble agreeing on a name. When naming Elle (whose real name is Elizabeth), we tossed names back and forth but then one night Scott said we needed a strong name and I said that two long-reigning queens were Elizabeth. It wasn't a name I had ever considered before, but he agreed and it stuck. But this time we've come to a bit of a stalemate. We both have names that we like but neither of us likes the other's pick.
Some people are really particular about names, and I've come to realize that I'm like this a little bit. I don't have letter or syllable requirements, but I am looking for a name that is more classic than trendy, a name that isn't difficult to spell, isn't difficult to pronounce, and as a bonus has the possibility of nicknames. Funny in a way because while Elizabeth is all of these things, Elle is not.
So here we stand with less than two months to go and we're gridlocked and undecided what we'll name that baby girl. I know many many people go into the hospital (and some even come out) without a name for the baby. Maybe it'll take meeting her to make the final decision?
Is there a story behind your children's names or even your own name?