Saturday, January 15, 2011

Week 27

Whatshername is the size of a cauliflower this week.


And suddenly, I look pregnant. Apparently.


I do have a head, but thought the picture was a little odd. You can see it here. You will notice that I need a haircut. But I did get new glasses (actually 2 pairs thanks to end of year flex spending shopping spree and BOGO0. "Don'tcha think they make me look smarter?"

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.

I'm working on a post about our baby decorating, but need to get some better pictures. And I need to try to figure out what else we need to be purchasing. I really don't want to go overboard with baby gear especially on anything that we won't be needing

So, seriously, what is her name?

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.

8 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Jennifer said...

Yes, yes! Keep the lid shut on the naming game. Someone close to you will inadvertently give you their oh-too-honest opinion and hurt your feelings. Oops - there I went and gave you unsolicited advice. Sorry! Good luck with your pregnancy. You look like you're positively glowing. The naming game is so much fun. And just think - you can even name her twice - once for real and a pseudonym for the blog. ; )

amy said...

You look great! My daughter wasn't named until 2 days after she was born with a little help of some voting visitors and a white board in my hospital room - so don't worry you have lots of time.

Emily said...

I like your new glasses. By the way, don't forget the ever-confusing yet unique Abcde (that's pronounced absidee) I'm pretty sure it's one of those "NICU urban legends" but a good one at that... I do like Sinnamon, though, I bet no one else in kindergarten would have a name THAT special!

Anonymous said...

You look darling, glowing and maybe even a teeny bit smarter with the new glasses. As for the name, have you given any thought to naming her after an old friend, Mississippi?

Emily said...

Well if we're going that route... you'd have to consider DeeDee and Liisi.

L said...

Apparently my mom and sister want to air all my laundry about my childhood imaginary friends.

Abby said...

You look great, Lib!

janna said...

You know - the part about avoiding a name that will be mispronounced/confusing? I have one of those names, and it used to be worse - I kept my married name when I got divorced because it was more common and pronounceable than my maiden name. But now I like having a not-so-common first name, and I don't mind spelling it at all. I do think my name is more common now that when I was a kid, but I still have the less common spelling.

Anyway, this is just a long way of saying that if there's a name you love (and it's not to weird!), go with it!

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