Re: Baby Names
posted at 2/4/2012 8:24 PM EST
I love this thread, hearing about how everyone came to choose names!
My favorite story, of naming our 4 kids, was naming our son (who is, as it turned out) our only boy. We knew we were having a boy, so we went through lots of lists. Everyone wanted to know! So, we called him "Atticus" when I was pregnant (after the father of the main character of our favorite book To Kill A Mockingbird), just to mess with everyone. It was sort of fun. He's a February baby, so I even have an ornament for him from the Christmas before he was born, labeled "Atticus."
Finally, we had it down to two choices. We couldn't decide. I said, I'll know when he's born -- because, Moms just know, right? Yeah. Maybe not. After he came out, I looked at him for hours and just could not figure it out. So we wrote both names on slips of papers and put them into a hat (actually, a sterilized bedpan), and chose. So, he became Cooper Anthony (Cooper because we liked it, Anthony after my beloved grandpa) instead of Samuel Charles.
He just turned nine, and he is *definitely* Cooper.
The only name we share beforehand was our first -- Mary Grace, for our grandmothers, but we call her "Mitzi" for mine grandma's nickname (she was the Grace of the pair) -- because my mom had to sew a Christmas stocking (baby was due around that time and mom didn't want to be late). So, even though she's only known as Mitzi, her stocking says Mary.
We have an Eloise Michelle (Eloise because we loved it, Michelle for my only sister) and Joanna Claire (Joanna after my mother, Claire for my grandmother).
But the son was the hardest. Particularly when DH pointed out that anything starting with a "T" was off the table, in case the boy played sports, and his jersey would be the first letter of his first name, plus the last name: T.Estes.
Took me a few minutes, till I saw it. Probably not the best abbreviation for an adolescent boy!