The Name Game

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Decisions, decisions.

When I asked Abby what her ideas for baby names were, she said Elmo and Coco. Sorry, kid, those aren’t going to make th cut. With only ten weeks left before delivery, my husband and I have finally gotten serious about picking out a name for our new baby.

Well, maybe. Last week he finally wrote out a list of boy names that he likes. I had to restrain myself and wait a week before asking him if he was trying to play a long-running joke on me, as he included some pretty far out names on the list, like Apollo, Ulysses, and Magnus. No offense to anyone who likes those names, of course, but they seem a little grandiose for me. He swears he is not trying to play a joke on me, although I still have my doubts…

Coming up with names is difficult! We didn’t want to go down the road of using family names, unless they were middle names. Multiple names on our combined list just scream “nerd parents!” Because there are comic book character names, more than one Star Trek character names, and musician names.

It is so hard for me to narrow down the list. There are only three names on the list that I actually really like. I never put too much thought into picking boy names over the years; you might remember that I have mentioned that I naively always believed that I would only have girls. The name I am most attached to, Julian, is a name that my husband used to like but now says he feels like it is a name our kid will get picked on for having. My second favorite is Oliver, which he for not care for. My third is Liam, which he says is only so-so. My husband favors Logan, which I just don’t like at all.

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In order to weed out a lot of duds we took turns using each name in a sentence, like, “Quentin, quit picking on your sister,” Or, “Carter, just close your eyes and go to sleep.” There were many names I couldn’t picture saying or just didn’t sound right. Finally we were able to cut the list down to six.

Now it’s time to get down and dirty as the real discussion and debate begins. I have no idea how long it will take us to settle on one, but hopefully it will be soon, or before we head to the hospital anyway!


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