Saturday, August 13, 2011

Baby names

Oh my poor neglected blog! If anyone is still reading, I apologise for my lack of posting!

Partly I’m just busy, partly I’m just uninspired. I’m sure everyone is sick of reading my dribble! The only things I’ve got to talk about are my toddler, and my pregnancy and at the moment I’m into my 3rd week of battling a cold/chesty cough/tonsillitis so my motivation is quite low right now!

Anyway, onto baby names…

Wow – its SO hard to come up with baby names that you can both agree on. Last time, we had two girls names picked out – our number one pick was Piper Lily, and our “back up name” was Skye Lily (but we both preferred our first choice). I’m a big believer in having a few options!

When she was born, I looked at her and I thought to myself “She doesn’t LOOK like a ‘Piper’”… and two seconds later my husband said the exact same thing! So by default, she became Skye! I couldn’t imagine her with any other name now!

It was lucky that we had a girl, because we had absolutely ZERO boy names picked out. We just couldn’t agree on anything.

During my labour, my husband was asking all the midwives:

Have you got any good boys names?” I didn’t know about this until later, I was so wrapped up in my own little world LOL!

Girls names seem to be much easier. Boys names are tougher in my opinion!

Names are so individual too. Once the baby is born, people will generally say that it’s a lovely name, whether they actually feel that way or not! It doesn’t matter though, as long as we like it.

How did you go about choosing names? Baby name book? Internet site? Celebrity name?

Before Skye, I’ve only had to name pets in the past. I had a beautiful Staffie once, and named him “Tyler”. I got his name by flicking through the White Pages, looking for surnames that appealed to me.

When we got miss Elke (Border Collie X Keeshond) she was nameless for a day or two. We toyed with the idea of “Sassy” and even called her that for a day, but it wasn’t right. I found “Elke” on a baby name website, and it just fit. (We pronounce it “Elkie”).

Connor the Siamese cat got his name from the Highlander movie (“Connor MacLeod, of the clan MacLeod!” – I used to love that movie, and this is the only line I remember from it!)

We like unusual names, but not so weird that they’ll get teased. We prefer names of just one or two syllables too – it just seems to fit with our surname better.

I have about 5 iphone apps dedicated to Baby Names – I guess I’ll just keep looking! Time is running out though – we need inspiration!


Shar said...

Omg!!! Dont talk to me bout boys names!!!! With two so close together it was hard!! Archie had no name for 3 days, doesnt sound like long but seemed like we were calling him baby forever, archie wasnt even on our list that came to hospital.

One thing we d was write agreed names on the whiteboard so we saw thm each day, if one of us decided we didnt like it anymore or by seeing it and saying it because it was on there that we ddnt want to use it nymore we oud ipe it off, inte end we had about 4 that stuk around for a while, ening we liked them :)

As for suggestions, some of my fav's -

Try the white board thing, you'll be suprised what seeing them written down does plus by not gettting wiped off must mean its a goodie.

Shar x

Shar said...

Soooo sorry about the spelling, on my i pad and sometimes i dont contact the screen properly when im trying to type fast!

Liz N said...

Do you know if you're having a boy or a girl?
We couldn't think of boys names at all so I sympathise
- I do like Daniel or Dan for a boy though and girls - I like Reese - one of ours nearly got that one.

gracefullyHis said...

Ahh baby names are so hard to come up with! I love so many of them, how do you choose lol. Congratulations on your pregnancy, we are adopting. Not sure which journey is more difficult sometimes. Good luck and thanks for sharing your story.


Running Fan said...

I agree. Choosing names are so hard. We had no boys names the first time and luckily we had a girl. This time around we still have no names and we don't know what we are having and it will he here in 3weeks.

Hilary said...

Thanks Shar - I like some of those names you've mentioned and some are even on my shortlist, trouble is that my husband doesn't like my choices!

Hi Liz, no we dont know what we're having, so we need to come up with boy AND girl names!

Thank you Wendy, and good luck with your journey too!

Running Fan - good luck! I feel like we'll be in the same predicament in about 3 months time!

Hilary xx

Tamil Baby Names said...

This time around we still have no names and we don't know what we are having and it will he here in 3weeks..

Thanks for sharing, I will bookmark and be back again