Anyone else struggle with deciding baby names? As we look ahead to add another child to our humble abode and family, we feel so blessed. The thing is, as we've added more children I also feel the urge to find the "perfect" name that suits baby and our family. I really want to LOVE the name, which is a little silly because I'll love the child and the name falls into place. I find myself toying with names and then coming back to a certain name or two just not quite able to let some of them go. I get a little name crazy, especially when I think "this MAY be our last baby (I have thought that with the last three pregnancies), what names do I think are cute/meaningful and want to be sure to use?"
But then, it's not just about me. I have a husband who needs to try on the names for size too. And then, so as not to be too exclusive, we try the names on with the kids as well. Any ideas how hard that is in a house full of stubborn, determined human beings??!!
I'll tell ya....VERY.
Last night in an attempt to really troll through the deepest, meaningful names that would strike my heart and mind as the.best.names.ever., I pulled out this book:
My bestie sent it to me in the early weeks of this pregnancy. She must know me well, huh?
I sat down and perused every single page of that book and logged a short list of possibilities. There were perhaps eight names for each gender that made it.
With plenty of wonderful names on both sides of the family used, it kind of cuts down the list you know?
Well then, how about Dagobert? Maxellendis perhaps? (Kidding, of course)
But then, then! I took it to the higher court of baby naming specialists and tried them on for size.
Do you have any idea how sweet some of those names sound when a toddler says them? Melt my heart with the preciousness. I then ran them by the big kids. I think they could only agree on two names for each gender. Lily gasped as some of her most liked names were poo-pooed by her brother. Inside, a little part of me did too realizing this is going to be harder than anticipated.
Lastly, we took it to the patriarch. I should have known based on past experience this would be my toughest sell.
Pregnant wife: "I want to run a few names by you and see what you think."
Unaware husband: "I thought we already decided which names we already liked and chose them."
Hormonal person: "Well, sure, but what if there's another REALLY GREAT name we haven't thought of?"
He humored me for two minutes.
And we came right back to the names he felt we had already settled on.
Well, I tried. At least I'm settled on the middle names for each gender.
Now I just need to look at this latest photo of little one and decide whether or not carrying the baby plus going through labor and delivery trumps everyone else's votes.
Who knows, maybe it will be Eutropius or Madalberta after all?
We'll see in September. Until then, our lips are sealed and we'll all have to wait for the final reveal.