Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Name Game

I know it's been a while.  Nearly two weeks since my last post.  I know my last few post have been anything but entertaining.  Sorry 'bout that.  Keeping things consistently inconsistent is the name of the game folks.  In short, the first trimester is kicking my butt.  So far I have been blessed with manageable pregnancies.   They all come with their own set of complaints, but manageable.  This one I have been exhausted and nauseated.  Thankfully, no vomiting, but still this crippling nausea that makes me want to do nothing more that lay on the couch and sleep it off.  Chris was on leave and bless him because that is what he let me do!

Anyway, let's talk about my favorite part about being pregnant: picking names.  Hands down.  I've heard other couples sometimes have a hard time agreeing, and though Chris and I don't agree on every suggestion we usually don't have a hard time.  Actually, we usually have several names we have agreed on and then have a hard time making a decision.  We are the most indecisive couple you will ever meet.  We are that degree of annoying.  Trust me.

I mentioned during a Quick Take that I wasn't sure if I wanted to find out the sex this time.  Choosing the name is one of the reasons why I would want to find out again.  It's not the sticking to one gender so much, but once we choose a name we use it.  I like that aspect of finding out the gender of the baby.  I don't think it would work if we switched back and forth.  We're still not sure about finding out the gender, but the name and picking the coming home outfit are the two reasons I would want to find out.

Many people like to keep the name a secret so other people don't ruin it for them.  I know not everyone is going to love the name that we choose, so I try not to let other people's opinions bother me.  So far I have never felt like we needed to scrap a name.  We love it, we go with it.

So, we don't really have a system of any kind.  A friend of mine gave me the book The Baby Name Wizard, Revised 3rd Edition: A Magical Method for Finding the Perfect Name for Your Baby and that is how we stumbled upon our boy names.  Within the book it gives you brother and sister names of a particular name.  I loved the name Amelia before we even had kids, but in the book that is how we found Owen and Simon.

Middle names we try to use a family name.

With Owen we had four other names we were considering. Ian, Sawyer, Aiden, and Liam.   We decided to use the names rather than "the baby" to see what would fit.  Chris kept using Owen so I asked him if that was the name he preferred.  It was and we went with it!  We knew we were going to use the middle name Clarence, after Chris's grandfather, before we had the first name picked out.

Owen Clarence: March 3, 2009

When discussing names for Amelia, we had managed to narrow down our list to two boy names and two girl names before we found out the gender.  Jude and Gabriel if she were a boy.  Amelia Rose and Fiona Olive is she were a girl.  Once we found out she was a girl we opted to do the same thing we did with Owen, use the names.  Chris told me that he just thought she was an Amelia so that is what we chose.  Rose is after my best friend Julie.  I just love the name Rose!  I almost wish I had kept it to use as a first name one day.

Amelia Rose: October 23, 2010

And then there was Simon.  We toyed with the idea of not finding out the gender, but I was only looking at girl names even though I was pretty sure I was having a boy.  So we found out the gender so I could force myself to look at boy names...sad I know.  But nothing was appealing.  We even thought about stick with names that began with a vowel, but nothing came of it so we scratched it.  We reached for the baby name book again where we found Simon and Pierce attached to either Owen's or Amelia's name..I can't remember.  Chris said that he felt like he made the final call on the last two kids that he wanted me to do it this go 'round.  He liked both names and that I should make the final call.  Seriously, I was not trilled with this.  Mainly because when I would go back a forth he would not give me a definitive "ok, that's the name".  I felt like I did that for him, but maybe not.  I was drawn to Simon.  I just loved it. We chose Paul as his middle name after my dad.

Simon Paul: October 26, 2012

Ahhh...can't you just smell that new born smell right through the computer screen!!!  The best.  Chris and I have been throwing some names.  Here is what we have so far....

Boys:  Everett, Oliver, Jude, Augustine, Benedict, Emmett,

Girls:  Ruth, Jocelyn, Gianna, Magdalene, Cecilia, Bernadette

Actually, there is more to this list, but I have completely blanked.  Pregnancy Brain? Maybe? But doubtful. Once we really narrow down our list we will probably do an online poll.  It never sways our decision, but I like to know what everyone else thinks.  For fun, ya know?  So, how did you choose your kids' names?  Do you have any suggestions to add to our list?  We wouldn't mind hearing them since we indecisive and non-committal ;)  For real.  Let us know!


  1. I adore Magdalene for a girl. But I think that Amelia and Cecilia sound way too cute together to ignore. Everett is supra fresh! I think we narrowed it to Alma-Lucia Santi Maria (don't judge) for a girl and Tiberius Benedict Rickard for a boy. We use grandmothers for our girls. The boys we are on a pang name train for some reason!

    1. Yea, I totally stole Benedict ;) I told you I might. And I love your girl name...so no judging here. Ever. Chris wasn't thrilled with Amelia and Cecilia when I when I made the correlation yesterday, but that won't necessarily stop us. Name picking is so much fun!

  2. We already have names...if this one is a boy we are going with the boy name we had with raelynn...Ethan Jude if a girl Penelope Grace! I love the names you have picked out! I live using family names, Isaiah's middle is from his dad's grandpa, raelynn is my mom and cory's mom's middle names...I love that your kids names are different but not crazy!

    1. I love those names. Actually, I think we talked about Penelope a few weeks ago and of course I forgot. I'm a fan of less common names. Though Owen and Amelia are in the top 100 names from the year they were born. I think they were both around 50th. Not sure about Simon. I should check that out.

    2. Amanda, I totally didn't know you were pregnant too. congrats.