Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Thank God I Was A Girl

I've been thinking about baby names lately (and NO not because I'm pregnant, thank you very much). I've discovered some friends who've named their children things I really love, and there are some that I just raise my eyebrows at.

When Mister Man was born, it wasn't an issue. My husband and I fairly easily settled on both boy and girl names. For Little Miss, it wasn't so easy. He rejected all sorts of good names, for various reasons, only a few of which had merit. Granted, now that I look back on it, I totally should have played the new mom card and gotten my way, but ... too late!

Thus, Little Miss is not named:

Evelyn
Isobel
Ella
Laurel
Eleanor
Madeleine
Siobhan
(ok, I love that name but would never really name my daughter that, I suppose)

But it could be worse.

When I was born, I was three weeks late. No, you didn't misread that. I was THREE. WEEKS. LATE. Sorry, Mom. I was so late that my grandmother had to return the "Welcome Scorpio Baby" sign and buy a Sagittarius one -- and yes, that's a true story.

And of course my mom was in labor with me forever. Thank God doctors don't let pregnancy go on that long anymore. My poor mom. I finally popped out at 5:32pm.

And my mom's dreams were dashed.

She had waited nine years before getting pregnant with me (that's nine years of trying btw). She wanted two children. Two boys, to be specific. And she had names picked out for them. My dad apparently didn't have a say.

The first boy was going to be Douglas Frederick, nicknamed Dougie Freddie. And knowing my mom, she would have called me Dougie Freddie to this day. The second boy? Frederick Douglas -- or Freddie Dougie.

Yikes.

Fortunately, God apparently has some compassion, and neither of the children my mom bore were boys. The world was spared from a Dougie Freddie / Freddie Dougie sibling pair.

Then again, maybe this is why Mister Man was born a boy. Our girl name was Kiersten Anabel. Neither name made the cut when we were looking at names for Little Miss, just in case you're wondering.

16 comments:

Swishy October 14, 2009 at 10:04 PM  

She did not ... ha ha. THREE freaking weeks though!! That is insane!! Your poor mom!

Gina October 14, 2009 at 10:12 PM  

We loved our girl names before we found out our 1st was a boy, but none of them made the cut when we were actually having a girl, either.

Karen October 15, 2009 at 7:22 AM  

I'm really glad that you're a girl, and not just for your sake. Wowza.

Melisa with one S October 15, 2009 at 7:52 AM  

Your poor mom! Yikes!

MY daughter (had I given birth to one) was going to be Laurel Jane. I love that name.

My name, had I been a boy? Maurice.

Did I write that out loud?

WeaselMomma October 15, 2009 at 8:41 AM  

Hmmm. Back when you mother was pregnant with you women still drank and smoked all through pregnancy. That would explain that name combo. I just want to know what exactly she was smoking.

Tara R. October 15, 2009 at 10:00 AM  

Three weeks?! That's incredible.

I was born a couple weeks early and not the boy my parents expected ~ I was supposed to be Russell.

Roxane October 15, 2009 at 10:28 AM  

OMG 3 weeks that's crazy! I think it's funny that they also expected you to be a boy (I wrote about this today myself!).

AngieB October 15, 2009 at 12:59 PM  

Oh my word - I hope you get your mom a really fabulous Mother's Day present every year - she earned it!!

septembermom October 15, 2009 at 7:05 PM  

3 weeks is so long. Your poor mom. Glad that you were born a girl too! I found trying to figure out a girl name to be a much longer process than figuring out boy names. So many to choose from.

Michelle October 15, 2009 at 9:47 PM  

Swishy - Ummm yeah, she did. And yeah, three weeks.

Gina - It's funny how quickly our tastes change. Luckily, we still love the name we chose for Mister Man!

Melisa - No kidding. And of course your daughter was going to be Laurel. Love it. And Maurice? Wah wah!

WeaselMomma - True, they did... but not my mom. You have not met the original Donna Reed. She didn't even own a pair of jeans -- in fact I don't think she does today.

Tara - It is. When I was pregnant with Mister Man, I cried my way into the doctor's office paranoid that I'd also end up three weeks overdue. They quickly informed me that they don't do that anymore.

Roxane - Isn't it though? Of course by the time I hit my due date, I was totally cool waiting until the baby was ready. Weird.

Angie - Ummm, do the wee ones count as a fabulous Mother's Day present?

Kelly - It's kind of like shopping for clothes, isn't it? The girl clothes are always SO much cuter!

Cookie October 16, 2009 at 12:31 PM  

Deciding on a name was tough...
3 weeks late?!?! Your poor poor mom...

Dawn October 17, 2009 at 8:29 AM  

I love Dougie Freddie/Freddie Dougie. Sound like Thomas the Tank Engine characters!

I have so many beautiful girl names stored up that I'll never get to use. I still cry sometimes thinking about it, especially when a friend has a daughter and names it something I would have used.

We struggled to find boy names we both liked, but ended up with great ones that suit both our guys.

I wish there were a job naming babies for other people. I would love to have that one.

Angela October 17, 2009 at 9:08 AM  

I love the name game. No telling what will happen when we do eventually have kids (coming up on year one of trying, soon!) Hubby wants to name a son after him, but I refuse to have a jr. My compromise offer is to change the middle name but keep the initials matching, and the child would be called by the middle name. So far he's considering that. For girls we are hopelessly lost in the weeds. No clue yet. I guess it's good we aren't pregnant yet!

Michelle October 17, 2009 at 8:42 PM  

Cookie - Yeah... but she was TINY, so at least she wasn't as uncomfortable as some of the moms who don't do pregnancy well. But yeah... three weeks. Not cool.

Dawn - Oooo, you could SO name the celebrity babies anything other than random nouns they saw when opening the second grade dictionary!

Angela - Yep, although I'll tell you that my husband and I were still undecided on boys' names as we drove to the hospital to have Little Miss. We did finally decide on James Spencer for her had she been a boy. Fingers crossed for you!

Pat October 19, 2009 at 10:06 AM  

My husband and I were both teachers for many years, so there are certain names that we would NEVER pick for our children because we'd had students by those names who were obnoxious. Sorry for all you nice Brandons out there, but all the Brandons I ever had as a teacher were terrible.

Michelle October 20, 2009 at 7:04 PM  

Pat - My husband had to rule out a few names for that reason, too :) And some of them were good names!

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