It usually takes us a while to come up with a name for our babies. Little did I know, it was because Scott was having all of our children’s names follow a certain pattern. We include at least one family name, each girl goes by her middle name, her middle name begins with an “R” sound, and the first name is multi-syllabic while the middle name is only one syllable. And, at least one name is a Spanish name, which I love because it harkens back to their Cuban heritage. I know, so many rules. We’re such lawyers. Now with this baby girl, Scott and I want to stick with calling her by an “R” name, since we have already done it with the other three, and we have a saying down here in the South: “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” (We are known for our impeccable grammar down here.)
I have a list of potential baby names that Scott and I both like (which is the hardest part.) However, we haven’t had that “aha” moment that we had with the other three yet. With Wren, we saved her name reveal until the day of her birth, and I loved doing it that way. It means there is still a surprise announcement for that day, even though we already know the gender. Also, we have had some bad experiences in the past where we have revealed our favorite names to people before the baby was born, and gotten some negative reactions, like “You are naming her X? I knew an X in elementary school. She was a total jerk.” Or, “Are you sure? Because I have always liked this other name, and it is the name of your great aunt after all. But you guys name her whatever you feel is best, I suppose.” Or my personal favorite, the barely concealed cringe. If you tell everyone the name after the baby is born and the name is already on the birth certificate, they tend to keep their negative opinions to themselves and at least feign approval.
So what do you guys think baby lady number four should be named? I think we will eventually go with an “R” name that is old fashioned and traditional like the other three, but hey, you never know what might strike our fancy. It is just such an enormous responsibility to name an eternal soul.
No pressure, mom and dad. It’s only my name for my entire life that I will have to hear over and over again. Don’t mess this up.