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Yes, I do.

But no, I'm not telling.

My mother knows that we don't share the names until there's a baby here to accept the burden of what we've chosen, but she still tries to trip me up from time to time. Today's effort resulted in me telling her we've selected Guadalupe.

My mother, you might recall, said, "But what are you going to call him," when I told her Ezra's name. I said, very slowly, "Ezzzzzraaaaaa." Then she sort of snapped out of it and decided it was her favorite boy name ever. She had been surprised because it was rather old-fashioned. Not too long ago I had someone ask me, "Is that one of those new, trendy names?" I said, "Well, new, like Moses or Noah is new." That got a blank stare, so I clarified that it was one of those trendy Biblical names.

Some of you might not know Anya's name is really Aniele (pronounced sort of like ahn-YELL, although it's really got a diphthong in the middle and is more of an ahn-IELL, but people have trouble with that). Nobody but my dad and I ever call her Aniele, but she likes it and says she's glad she has a "secret real name" that she likes as much as her nickname. It was P's great-grandmother's name and I loved it the first time I heard it, so there was no debate on her name. We bounced around a couple of names for Ez but actually decided pretty quickly.

This time, I have pretty much abandoned any notion of cooperative effort. P asked if I had thought about names and I said, "Yes. I like these two. Pick which you like better." I've read all the names in the world. Two times before I have played on the Baby Name Wizard (man, you can waste some time on that site, even if you aren't anywhere near having a baby), and with E I have weighed and considered and discussed. It's not that I don't appreciate P's input, but really, I'm not entertaining other first-name suggestions at this time. Strictly speaking, he picked A's, we both picked E's, and now it's my turn. I'm not entirely unreasonable; if he'd hated my choices I gave him enough time to get used to them. ;)

Date: 2011-07-17 03:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blakdove.livejournal.com
As far as I'm concerned, the person doing the baby-gestating and birthing gets the say, anyway.

Date: 2011-07-17 03:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lemon-says.livejournal.com
I'm willing to discuss, and I would have been open to discussion if he'd really hated a name for some reason--like negative connotations. That's why I gave him TWO choices. :D

You know what I always thought was interesting? How man seem to be a lot more inclined to favor top-ten names.

Date: 2011-07-17 11:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blakdove.livejournal.com
Oh, we picked our names together, but had there been a standstill, I would have called it :) Plus, he's the one who comes up with names like Genevieve, so he's really not a top-10 kind of guy.

Date: 2011-07-17 05:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] themysteriousg.livejournal.com
I wish I had strong feelings on this one. I have a name that I think I have strong feelings about but I feel compelled to go back and keep looking. I felt pretty strongly about Charlie's name right up until the last month or so and then he became Charlie. So I'm hesitant to settle on something now. At the same time, I'd like to call her something other than Baby Sister in my quiet talks with her.

Have you been to Baby Name Wizard lately? That thing has expanded. Whoa. It's almost too much for me to handle looking at. But that's probably where I'm surfing to next.

Date: 2011-07-17 06:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lemon-says.livejournal.com
I haven't played on it as much this time, no. I'll see what's up over there. I like Nameberry, too. You can see what people are searching right then, and it's funny that the most popular searched names this week are ones that famous people used.

I thought I had stronger feelings about one of my two, but now I keep thinking of her as the other one, so I think that one is going to win.

Date: 2011-07-17 07:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] patsila.livejournal.com
I adore your children's names! Can't wait to see/hear who we have in the works now!

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