While I have told a lot of people at work (my boss, close co-workers, and friends), I'm not really one to scream it to everyone I pass or send out an embarassing company-wide email. I figured it was news that would just trickle out or become naturally evident when I was just about ready to pop and/or was out on maternity leave. But people are polite. This week, however, people have been figuring it out and have actually been asking about it.
We've been having lots of baby name conversations. Well, it's more like every time a new name comes into our head (or rolls across the credits on tv) we throw it out as a contender. It feels like it's going nowhere. The whole process reminds me of T.S. Eliot's "The Naming of Cats," which is also a song in the musical Cats. Anyway, the naming of a baby, like the naming of a cat apparently, "is a difficult matter."
We're looking for a name that flows with the last name and also sounds like a girl headed to Harvard but also has a bit of whimsy. A historical or literary reference is a bonus, and I'd like to avoid picking an uber-popular name (though it's not a top priority if we find a popular name that we both really love). Also, I don't want anything that will be mispronounced for her entire life or cause other sorts of confusion. Is that too much to ask? Probably. And we may well be over-thinking the decision as we tend to do. Sometimes I throw out a name, and without a moment's hesitation, Rykert will immediately reject it saying that it sounds like she is going to grow up to be a stripper. Not the Ivy League staying power we are hoping for. Of couse he is the one who announced at my grandparent's on Christmas Day during a rare lull in the conversation, for shock value, that we're considering "Cinnamon, only with an S."
It's not that we don't have contenders. We do. But we're trying to keep a tight lip on those. And here's why: on this topic specifically, people are more than willing to shower you with all sort of unsolicited advice. So if you say you like a particular name, they will immediately tell you about the snotty little girl at their kid's day care or the girl they knew in high school who picked her nose. You see my point.