Baby names, that is.
We are having such a hard time naming this little boy! Giving a name is such a responsibility. And it's not an easy job!
Here's our criteria:
We want our name to be unique (after all, Sarah was the # name in 1984 and Matthew was the #3 name in 1982). I'm okay with being in the top 100, but not top 20.
We want something that fits a child through adult and wouldn't sound bad for a Lawyer, Doctor, or President. (What? We have high hopes for our children!)
We want something that is sort of simple. I like 1-2 syllable names. Something that isn't too much of a mouth full or too difficult to pronounce.
Her middle name was a different story. I stressed over her middle name big time. We felt that her middle name should be very feminine since her first name could be perceived as masculine. I loved the name Dahlila (Delilah), but we also considered Eliza. I had a very hard time with giving her a name that had such negative associations in the bible. We came up with the name before the "Hey there Delilah" song, but the song totally made me decide that I loved the name no matter what. I did have to be difficult and spell is differently.
Douglas was a no brainer for us. My husband's middle name is Douglas and his father's middle name is Douglas. So there you go!
Side Note: The whole time we considered Grayson's name, we said Grayson Douglas Nelson. Sounds good. Around 4-5 weeks after he was born, we realized it was Grayson Nelson....which totally rhymes. Crap. So when he registers for school, his name will be Gray Nelson :)
Big sister likes Max. We both like it, but it seems a bit too common for us. Layne, Gray, and Max sound good together. If we did it, we would probably name him Maximus. But I don't love it.
Daddy likes Sawyer. Sawyer is okay. It's not an immediate "no" for me like a few of his other suggestions. But all of our kids have nicknames....what do you nickname Sawyer? And Sawyer seems sort of serious, which is not what I picture...maybe since our Gray boy is such a clown. I like it. But I don't love it.
Mommy loves the name Calen or Cullen. Yes, I am a Twilight fan. Yes, Cullen came from Twilight. But Calen didn't :) Mommy loves it. But daddy doesn't even like it.
We both liked Harper for a girl. But we still kind of like it for a boy. I just have a hard time with it because a girl with a masculine name is not near as bad as a boy with a feminine name...ya know? Once again, we all like it. But I don't love it.
I just want us to decide one something. I loved being about to refer to Layne by name in utero. It just made it feel more special. Like she already had an identity wasn't just "baby girl" or "her."
Maybe we'll have to come up with a nickname for the peanut.