Whew! Baby shower weekend is over, and was a huge success. (More posts on that later!) One thing that came up at my shower is that this baby does not yet have a name. One of the games we played involved guests creating names using the letters from mine and my husbands name, and Wow! I was impressed and surprised at all the options the ladies came up with. I don’t think we’ll be naming our son ‘Pilot’ or ‘Ned’, but it is nice to know that there are lots of options
At first, I thought that we would find out the gender, and shortly after that, decide on a name. Well, we found out at 16 weeks that he is a he, and at nearly 35 weeks, we still have not decided what he will be called.
And, I am ok with it. There were a few weeks where it was driving me crazy that I didn’t know the name of the little thing growing inside me. At first I felt like a bad parent for not knowing his name, but as time went on, I became comfortable with not knowing for sure what his name is.
Its not like we haven’t thought about it. My husband and I have had a number of conversations about names that we like, and ones that we don’t like. We have a couple that we both like, so It is likely that his name will end up being one of those. But, we’re also not ruling out other options at this point.
My personal criteria for a name include:
1. Must be a gender specific name. This is a tough one, considering that many traditionally ‘male’ names are now being used as ‘female’ names.
2. Must not be the name of a close family member.
3. I would like for it to be a little ‘unique’ considering we have one of the most common last names in the country.
4. I would like for it to not be ‘popular’, but this one is difficult to gauge.
I guess I’m not that worried about it because it turns out that my husband and I like a lot of the same names, or at least the same types of names. One of the places we drew inspiration from was a ‘family tree’ type book of names from my husband’s side of the family.
We will probably take our short list of favorites with us to the delivery room, and after he is born, we’ll size him up and make the final decision.