Okay, so there's no such thing as "Baby Fever Thursday". At least, not that I know of. I totally made it up.
But as you know, I have baby fever. Unfortunately, I need a boyfriend (or, if my mom is reading this, a HUSBAND, definitely a HUSBAND!!) to have a baby, and as we all know, I'm severely lacking in that department.
That doesn't mean a girl can't dream. And when it comes to baby names, I daydream about them often. I've been doing it since I was a little girl. I used to doodle baby names when I was bored, and even write up birth announcements for my future babies, back when I used to think I wanted twin girls named Bobbi and Billie.
(Yes. I've had baby fever for a long, long time.)
Today, I've been thinking about them an extra special amount.
First of all, my cousin Paula and her husband Jory had a beautiful baby girl on Tuesday. After the year this family has had, baby news is reason for great excitement and celebration. They named their new daughter Ryla Linda Margaret . From what my mom told me, "Ryla" is a combination of their names - "Ry" from Jory and "la" from Paula. Linda and Margaret are the grandmothers' names. Paula and Jory's unique name choice got me thinking about the names I've had picked out for eons, and re-examining them to make sure they're meaningful enough.
The same day Ryla was born, my friend Lindsay was sharing some of the "off-the-wall" names her hubby-to-be likes. I won't make fun of Ryan here by telling you what they are, but let's just say they were...umm...special. (And Linds and I both agreed that no baby should be named after a rapper! haha!)
Also adding to the "baby name fever"... Over at Mom2MemphisAndRuby, Lena answered my question about how she decided on her kids' names (which I think are totally unique and so cool). The post spawned a comment thread where other moms were sharing the reasons for the names they gave their children.
So that's my question to my readers today: Those of you who have kids, what are their names and how did you decide on those names? And for those of you who don't have children yet, what are your favourites?
Don't give me the "I'm not telling, I don't want someone to steal my name." We won't steal. PROMISE.
To prove this, I'm going to share a few of my names. One of my biggest fears is someone stealing my baby names before I get a chance to use them, so this is big for me to put it out there on the blog.
So here it goes...
My boy's name is, and always has been, Charlie, after my grandfather on my mother's side of the family. He passed away before I was born, but I remember being very young and hearing my grandma lament that none of her kids had named their own "Charlie". The closest I believe she got was my cousin Matt's middle name, and my cousin Chad. So I always swore someday I would have a Charlie for Grandma.
I got a little panicky when one of my best friends, Sara, decided to name her daughter Charlotte, but Sara assured me their girl would never be a "Charlie" and that one day, if I ever get my Charlie, she won't mind at all. (And I can't imagine Charlotte having any other name - it just fits her!)
At one time, I thought my boy would be Charles Cowan Brent - Cowan after my godson, and Brent after my dad. I still like that, but I'd be willing to consider others with my HUSBAND. ;)
Other boy names I like include Hayden (my sister ended this one, though, by naming her son Caden), Michael, John, Oliver, and Joel.
I could name boys all day - I love boy names. That's why I used to say I wanted six kids, and if they were all boys, I wouldn't care! (I've changed my mind about that since then, though! ha ha!)
But girl names are more of a challenge for me.
In recent years, I've changed my favourite girl name. It used to be Jaime Elizabeth Joan. This dates back to a high school trip, when I told one of teacher/chaperones that I wanted to name my first-born girl "Jaime Elizabeth", and she insisted I add "Joan" to it (her name), and I promised her I would.
But seriously, why would I name one of my babies after a teacher?? ;) Since then, I've come to really like two meaningful girl names. The first is Maribeth - a combination of my aunt's name, Marion, and my mom's name, Elizabeth. The other is Baylie. My dad's father's name was pretty neat, I think: Bay Turner. So I would take the "Bay" and turn it into "Baylie" for a girl. Middle names are still up in the air, but quite likely Hazel would be used for my grandma (even though my sister already used it with Danica!)
I do still like the name Jaime as well, and another favourite for a girl is Tayler.
(And deepest apologies to my Granny Young for not including her name in any of my future kids' names. Her name was Velva. I just can't come around on that one!!)
So there. I spilled. Now tell me all about your names - why you chose them; why you love them; would you change them?
GO! Feed my baby fever!!