Do you like to have the enitre baby name picked out before the baby is born and tell everyone so that the baby is known by that name before being born, or do you prefer to wait and see what the baby looks like to settle on a name and then make an announcement? Have you done both, and it just depended on each child and situation? Do you have names picked out for future children? And do you have any baby name stories to tell? Any favorite names that you or your spouse love, but the other doesn’t like so you will never get to use it? Ever have any regrets or “lessons learned” with naming any of your children?
These are some of the names that were in the running with each of my children-
Dylan- Dylan, Elijah or Connor
Ciel- Abigail or Isobel/Isobella (I intended to use
Ciel as part of her middle name, but it suited her
better as her first name)
Noah-Noah, Jonah or Jonas
Haven- Haven, Erin, or Isobel/Isobella (we ended up using Erin as one of her middle names)
Mathes- Matheson, Brigham, Payson or Xavier
Gracen- Gracen, Emerson Jane.
I love the name “Jemima” for a girl and will never get to
use it, Craig is dead set against it. Also, I learned to never give your
child a name that is not visually pronounceable or they will
spend the rest of their life with people stumbling all over the
pronounciation at school, at the Dr’s office and basically everywhere.
People mispronounce Ciel’s name all of the time, and had I spelled just a
little differently, we never would have had this porblem, but it would
have changed the French meaning of her name so I didn’t do it. We
usually wait until the baby is born before making our final choice on
the name, and we are still planning on doing that with this last baby as
well. But I only have two first names I really like, and I’m 99.9% sure
of the middle name, so it shouldn’t be too hard or take us very long to
make the decision.
-I hate cucumbers and most varieties of squash with every fiber of my being, except for zucchini and yellow squash.
-at our house, my children refer to all cereal as “bees”
-I don’t even attempt to potty train my children until after they turn
3. But it only takes me one week and they’re done and out of diapers.
-I wasn’t an American citizen until I was 22. I even had to study for
and take the test, and was then sworn in as an American Citizen.
-Craig was a witness in a murder trial, but the defendant took a plea bargain so he never had to testify.
-two of my favorite movies, ever, are Braveheart and Gladiator (edited), I cry everytime. To me, these movies are romantic.
-I used to squeeze myself into my little sisters ballerina outfit (it
was way too small for me) and make up “dances”, and while showing my Dad
my “dance routine”, twirled into a cabinet door and knocked myself out cold.
-I watch cartoons even when my children are nowhere around.
-I hated the move “Ghost”, mocked it, and don’t think it’s romantic in any way.
-I made several of my siblings nearly suffer heat stroke in the
back of our family station wagon one summer at Yellowstone Park because I
didn’t want to open my window to circulate some cooler air for them. I
claimed it was because it would dry out my contacts, but the truth was I
didn’t want to mess up my hair.
-I didn’t wear maternity clothes with my first three pregnancies
because I wasn’t big enough and they looked absolutely ridiculous on me.That all ended with baby #4.
-Craig used to be an E.M.T.
-My parents first kiss was the night they got engaged.
-I used to have recurring dreams when I was a little girl that I was the real Wonder Woman
-my favorite name for a little girl is ”Jemima”, but it would
never work here in the States (it’s widely used in England).
Nevertheless, if Craig had let me I still would have used it, but he
said “no way”.
-Craig and I eloped and were married for several weeks before we told
anyone. And we wouldn’t have told anyone for a while longer, then we discovered I was pregnant.
-I love the movie “The Bodyguard” and the song “I will Always Love You” and I’m not really sure why.
-I have been hit by a car twice while riding my bike and came away
both times with just bruises and a mangled bike (I was 13 & 14). I
have never ridden a bike since then, even after my parents bought me
another one right after for Christmas. I never touched it.
-The only car accident I have ever been in was one block from my
house. I had Heidi and my two oldest children (2 & 4 at the time) in
the car with me, and I was not at fault. A girl blew through the yield
sign at the intersection and hit our car so hard it flipped us on our
side and turned us to face the way we had just come from. We walked away
with only a few bruises.
-I’m deathly afraid of any and all spiders. I can’t even look at or
touch pictures of them in the science and nature books my kids bring
home from school from time to time.
-I really hate apple juice, and yet my family serves it at every
single family dinner we have. And for some reason I drink it, hating it
the entire time, but still drink it.