... or does everyone find choosing a name to be the most stressful part of having a baby?
This is seriously keeping me up at night, so please bring on your suggestions! We mostly like vintage old lady names that sound pretty and fresh, but we're open to any and all ideas. We like names that are recognizable, but still unusual. Names that you don't hear called on the playground again and again and definitely nothing from the top ten most popular names. Although in our neighbourhood things are a little different. I don't know any children in our 'hood with a top ten name. We live in a hipster/hippie kind of place, so anything goes when it comes to names. For example: I don't know anyone named Olivia or Emma or Ava but I've met at least four girls named Sequoia.
Last time we had to choose a name, Adeline had already been with us for a couple of days before we finally gave in to peer pressure and picked a name from our list of twenty possibilities. She had temporarily had three other names before we finally settled on Adeline, and we've had bouts of namer's remorse off and on ever since. This time we would really like to settle on a name soon and be sure of our choice before we travel. This time is already different though - we have two names we both really like. Neither of them seem exactly right, though. One of them is a fairly popular name - a classic you hear a lot - and while we both really like the name, we HATE the nickname it inevitably comes with. The other one is a total old lady name and doesn't appear anywhere on the charts, but it's a pretty and cool name with a nickname I love. It's not as unique as Adeline though, as other hipsters in our neighbourhood have already discovered it, and I've met a six year old and a three year old with the name.
People talk about having those "lightning bolt" moments when they just KNOW the name for their baby or talk of the names that they have had chosen for their children since they WERE children, and I wish it could be that easy for us.
Our girl is BEAUTIFUL and I want her to have a name as lovely and special as she is.
This morning Adeline and David were having breakfast together while I got a few extra minutes of sleep. She told him "I have the perfect cats and the perfect house and the perfect Mama and the perfect Daddy and the perfect name" so I guess we did okay the first time!