In 8 days we hope to see our little one on the ultrasound monitor. In honesty, though in the beginning we thought it might be a boy, we just have no idea if it is a boy or a girl. Perhaps intuitive mothers can guess these things. I have no clue. And I can hardly wait to know.
On my checklist for the past few months: nailing down a boy name and a girl name. May 2010 will hold enough decisions and excitement for our little family. I want the name decided upon beforehand. I’ve given David until the day of the ultrasound to make the final decision. After that, Laurin and I need to start monogramming!
Though we’re not exactly secretive (in case the fact that my life is on the world wide web doesn’t express that enough), we decided that we would take suggestions for the name from family and friends but we’re not really discussing our short list of possibilities. The naming of a child suggests authority, and as the parents that authority and responsibility is ours….not to be defined by the preferences of others. Names are important. The meaning behind a name is important.
Admittedly, this name selection process has not gone so smoothly in our household.
David searches the internet for a name he likes with a solid meaning behind it….he suggests it…
Laura cringes at the name. Like the meaning, not the sound.
Laura suggests a name which elicits the same response from David.
In the end, it appears that there are very few names we do agree upon. Why didn’t anyone mention when I was naming my children at age 8 that my husband might have an opinion in the matter?
We decide we should take a break from discussing.
We discuss again.
We wonder if we should seek pastoral help in our marriage.
We discuss again. We make headway.
I change my mind.
I change my mind back.
We call out names to the baby and hope he will kick wildly when we say “his” name.
The baby doesn’t move through the entire list. Five minutes after the list, the baby kicks wildly.
And so it goes.
Thankfully...in the past few weeks we've made significant headway and I think we just might make that deadline:)