The Name Game
You know what part of having a child (or I guess in this case children) is? Naming them! At least at our house, we struggle with it and we’re getting to that point in the game where we really need to get serious about picking out names.
What I learned very quickly is that you should never marry a teacher because they make it one hundred times harder when it comes to the name game. Haha! I’m only kidding, but my husband being a teacher does put a kink into things. It’s like every name I suggest he associates with one of his students and he just doesn’t want our kids to be named after one of his students, he wants something unique I guess.
One thing we have going for us is that we find it harder to name girls than boys, so with two boys on the way you would think that might work to our advantage. I’ve heard a lot of people say that they find girls easier to name, but that’s just not the case with us. In fact, my husband ended up picking out the name “Jenna” because I just couldn’t come up with anything. To be honest, I was convinced I was having a boy and therefore didn’t need a girls name, just in case. That didn’t work out so well!
Anyway, so with this whole twin thing it feels like there’s more to think about. Do we want names that start with the same letter or not? Is that cute or too much? Maybe it’s cute, but kind of a mouthful to say? I know it doesn’t sound like a big deal, but there are definitely decisions to be made.
And, with any child that you name, it needs to be a good kid name, but also a good adult name. You know what I mean? They can’t sound like they are 40 years old when they’re two and vice versa. I know a lot of people like trendy names, but Aaron and I tend to not go that way. Some people like that, but to each their own and it’s just not our thing. If there’s one other child in the class with the same name that’s okay, but I don’t want my kid to be one of four with the same name.
Something else we have to contend with this time around is an almost 5-year old who thinks her opinion should be heard. Jenna doesn’t understand that it’s not just her decision what the babies will be named.
For the time being, we can agree on one name. The other name, not so much. My husband and I were throwing out names the other night and I absolutely 100% did not like a name he suggested. Apparently he took offense to that and then said he didn’t like one of the names I suggested. Secretly, I think he just said that because he was upset I didn’t like his name. The drama continues...
I do have good news on the subject of names! We have middle names picked out for both the boys. There’s no going back on these, we are both in complete agreement. The thing with middle names is both my husband and I agreed early on that we wanted to name our kids after somebody in the family, so that’s what we do.
In the meantime, the debate will continue on the first names. We have to make a decision eventually, which is a good thing, but that’s just the way I see it.