In the last few months, I have seen my Facebook feed explode with pregnancy and birth announcements. I love seeing photos of the new babies, but one of my favorite parts is learning their names. The last three baby girls have had the most beautiful names: Dahlia, Elise, and Marlo.
Naming babies is really a strange thing, don't you think? You choose one name, but you could have chosen another, and your baby would still be the same sweet adorable baby, so if you are having trouble deciding, just pick any name, right? No way! It's a big deal. I even know someone who disliked their daughter's name so much that they had it changed after a year! Since Isaiah and I chose to wait until the very end of each pregnancy to discover the gender of our babies, we had to have a boy and a girl name picked out.
The first time around, we settled on Hunter James pretty easily. Isaiah's favorite author is Hunter S. Thompson, so when he suggested Hunter, I loved it immediately. Then, we chose James after my late father. For our girl name, we liked Paloma and Marisol, but not together and we couldn't figure out a middle name to go with either one. We arrived at the hospital armed with our perfect boy name but still unsure about the girl. Luckily, we got a boy!
This last time, we settled on Paloma very quickly. Marisol didn't even come up again, but we still didn't have a middle name to go with Paloma until I suggested Belle after Isaiah's sister, who's called Spring Belle. The boy name was much harder to come up with. I told Isaiah that we were probably having a girl since that's the only name we had ready, and last time the only name we had ready was a boy name.
Anyway, these are some of the names one or both of us liked but weren't really sure: Xander, Geronimo, Joaquin, and Reza. We couldn't agree on any of those names, plus we put them to the ultimate test. We asked Hunter to pronounce them, and if he butchered it, that was a no-go. (e.g. Joaquin sounded like cocking.) Then, a few weeks before the baby was due, Isaiah suggested Felix. Yes! I thought, That's it! I didn't care that we actually knew a few people with that name already (our German friend Ralf's best friend, a blogger friend's son, and a friend's nephew). Then we agreed on Pietro for a middle name, after Isaiah's great grandfather. So it was between Paloma Belle and Felix Pietro, and Paloma won!
How did you name your babies?