Perhaps, much to your surprise, when this baby is born, s/he will not be legally named Squishy. It’s an in utero nickname and that’s it. We called Braden “Ferris” in utero, and he has NEVER been called that since, under very strict rules by me!
Is what you might be thinking. I know! But we had had many a discussion on baby names last time around, and our names were locked in at 17 weeks. Now, I’m 17 weeks and we’ve had about 3.5 discussions on baby names. I just feel so far behind with this baby and this pressure to pick a name already! We have girl names, though Jay keeps bringing up a certain girl name that I have vetoed again & again. We cannot for the life of us agree on a boy name. Not one.single.boy name. But neither of us are really sold on a particular boy name individually. We like a lot of the popular names from last year, but that’s the thing. They are so popular. But if we do choose a name in the top 5 or 10, those names aren’t necessarily popular where we live and I’ll have to just be happy with that. I guess in my insecurities I don’t want people to think “oh, another ‘#1 on the baby boy list name’ again”.
It was the same with Braden. Braden’s always a name that I’ve loved, but working in a children’s hospital, it was a name that we saw so so so often. The popularness kind of “ruined” it for me. But then I reasoned with myself that it is not a popular name where we live…so that kind of justified the decision. The other thing with Braden’s name…I feel like it was “the” name and nothing else will ever live up to it. It’s such a strong, great name paired with James. But also, according to the “most disliked baby names of 2011”, anything with “Aiden” in it, is disliked – Braden, Aiden, Kaden, Jayden, Hayden, etc. Whatever – I love it!
I wish I could get really excited about this baby’s name. I feel so guilty! But, on the bright side I do have 23 weeks left! But every time I get a little excited about a name, I suggest it to Jay…and “veto”. I just feel lots of pressure, especially if we have another boy, to name him as great as I feel we did Braden…as well as to have a name that goes well with Braden. If my feelings and vibes are right…we have a great girl’s name that we’ll get to use and hopefully that will be the end of that!
And also, if you haven’t guessed by now, we don’t discuss baby names publicly! Boring, I know! Team Green and no baby names to get excited about for you! All a big surprise and secret!