Wednesday, October 10, 2012

15 Weeks---Thinking About Baby Names

Today I am 15 weeks pregnant! According to BabyCenter, the babies are each about 4 inches long (from head to rump). They can sense light through their still-fused eyelids and are peeing out the amniotic fluid they've been swallowing. Ah, they grow up so fast! = )

Their sex organs should be visible on an ultrasound. I'm still anxiously awaiting a call from Dr. Perret's nurse to schedule that all-important one. I can't wait! We are one of those families that finds out the genders before birth. I think it would be so much fun to wait and have a birth surprise but I just can't bring myself to do it. One of the main reasons I like to find out is to feel more connected to the babies before they are born. Then you can pick out special bedding and clothing and know their names. I just think it's a wonderful privilege. 

I'm most excited at the moment to choose baby names! Although Jackie likes to wait until we know the gender, I love perusing name books from the moment the lines pop up on the stick. I have a long list going already but Jackie has laughed at vetoed pretty much all of them. 

Some families (ahem, Duggars) choose names which all begin with the same letter. I think it's cute but personally, I mix up my kids' names so much that if they all started with the same letter, I'd be stuttering all the time. I read a blog post (cannot remember where! Raising Arrows?) a while back about their naming tradition. They have chosen Hebrew names with an "i" in them. I didn't actually realize that our kids' names had any sort of rhyme or reason to them until after I'd named Piper. For one, they all begin with a DIFFERENT letter and, for another, they all have one a different vowel as the second letter/first vowel AND they all have only two syllables. Would anyone in the world have noticed that besides me? Probably not. But now I have so I'm like, "We need an 'o' and a 'u'!" One that doesn't begin with a K, J, R, or P, of course. That narrows things down greatly! 

Another thing I've considered is that many twin names sort of match. According to the list of most popular twin names, most of them begin with the same letter. At first I was totally opposed to that. I didn't want them to be too matchy but it just so happens that two of the names that I love (one for a boy, one for a girl) begin with the same letter! So if I throw caution to the wind, I may end up with two children whose names begin with the same letter, one of which DOES NOT follow the vowel pattern. Gasp, I know! 

Thank goodness I have 25 (or so) more weeks to contemplate this massive decision.

What about you guys? Is there a connection between your children's names? Have you heard any great two syllable "o" or "u" names for me? = )

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