It’s Not All Mary Poppins


Thank you for all your great suggestions! So many, so varied, and all of them considered and interesting. One of you managed to choose the name of a friend of mine, which I found pretty amusing, since he, too, is blond and solid. (I found it amusing. I think he’d find it a bit unnerving to discover I’d named one of “my” babies after him.)

If I were being democratic, New New Baby would be Thor. Obviously So many of you liked the name. I can see why it’s a good name, and I almost went there, but… it just didn’t feel right. Too powerful, too angry for Mr. Amiable. Instead, I’ve chosen a name that was suggested by only one person. It feels a little wrong to be so flagrantly undemocratic, but here I am, doing it anyway.

Baldur was a bit exotic, but fun! ‘Sven’ and ‘Henry’ were given serious consideration, and for a few hours, he was almost ‘Finn’. ‘Buddy’ sort of sums the boy up nicely, but I call all the kids ‘buddy’ at one time or another, so it wasn’t personal enough. ‘Hummer’, ‘Logan’, ‘Peter’, all great names. ‘Puck’? Um, sorry, but that one just seemed like it was begging for trouble! (I can just see myself muttering, ‘You little pucker’ on a particularly bad day…) Luke, Ty, Ruby, Ivan, Brock, Teddy, Lars, Otto… my goodness! You all made choosing sooooo hard!

But in the end…

New New Baby is Daniel. It just feels right for this boy. It’s a good, solid name for a good, solid kid. Daniel, Dan, Danny. Yup. That’s my boy!

So, thank you, Suzanne, for your suggestion.

Our New Babies are named! Poppy and Daniel are both very grateful! Thank you all!

July 26, 2011 Posted by | daycare | | 3 Comments

Baby Naming #3… and 4

… at last.

So. I have two new babies, who remain un-named. So far I’ve been resorting to “Old New Baby” and “New New Baby”. A tad cumbersome.

Time to Name that Child!

And — yay, me! — I’ve come up with one for Old New Baby!!! She’s fourteen or fifteen months old. She is calm, and, so far, calmly cheerful. In keeping with her age, she’s a watcher. She is also the perfect Gerber baby — round cheeks, teeny rosebud mouth, round blue eyes, dusting of blondish hair. She blows kisses with a “MAH!” sound. She is, in short, too flipping adorable for words.

In the way of my mind, I thought “Gerber baby… gerbera daisy… let’s call her Daisy!!!” It would suit, too, but it would be too confusing, what with the puppy already having that name. Well, damn. But how about another flower name?

“Rose”? Nah. Too elegant. She’s not elegant. Cute, but not elegant. We’ve already had a “Lily”. “Violet”? Mmmm, no. She’s not shy, she’s not delicate. “Iris”, for me, is reminiscent of a rich, but disapproving old woman, so, no.

How about Poppy? She’s not vibrant (yet; it may come), but for me “Poppy” is a round and happy name. Cute, not elegant.

So. Old New Baby is Poppy.

Now for New New Baby. And me? I’m tapped out on baby names. I need suggestions for names for New New Baby.

He’s a boy. Blond, hearty, snuggly, friendly, with a ginormous beaming smile. I haven’t had enough time to take any meaningful measure of his personality. But so far, his defining traits are:

– he’s a tank. The boy is SOLID.
– blond. Really, really blond, with the skin and eyes to match
– cuddly. He likes to be held. A lot. I assume this will recede as he becomes more comfy at my home, but he does love his snuggles.
– he loves singing. Not that he sings, but it mesmerizes him.
– though he’s still getting used to us, I get the impression that his default setting is “amiable”. He just has that look.

Any suggestions?

July 22, 2011 Posted by | daycare | , , , | 23 Comments

One of the first parenting challenges

troubletagNaming the baby.

A reader is panicking because everyone hates the name they’ve chosen for their still-gestating baby. Perhaps because family and friends loathe it so, they don’t share it with us. The columnist weighs in with a measured — and entertaining — response, just full of quotable lines.

I rather liked this: “If five people tell you you’re drunk, maybe you should lie down.”

My friend Cindy was partial to this: “When it comes to parenting, opinions are like stinking, steaming, full diapers: There’s no shortage of them, and no one wants to change them.”

Go, read the article. Which line made you give an appreciative snort?

And what do you think about the wisdom of giving your baby “a challenging and unusual” name? Is your creativity empowering your child with a name that will never be forgotten, or dooming him/her to a lifetime of humiliation and inconvenience?

January 12, 2009 Posted by | controversy, individuality, parenting, peer pressure, pregnancy and delivery | , , , , , , , | 18 Comments