Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Short List

I'm still pregnant! And I've hit the 25 week mark. Good news, indeed, though there is still a very long way to go.

I was brushing my teeth this morning and it occurred to me that I could be brushing my teeth at that hospital sink for the next two months. For some reason it struck me as an impossible amount of time. I can imagine being here through the weekend, but it seems amazing to think of how long I could be here by the time the baby arrives. I suppose if I were to spend that whole time brushing my teeth it would seem longer than it has to. Oral health is important, but you could carry a good thing too far.

In any case, I bring an offering to you today. Peter came by last night for a visit and we had a chance to compile a Short List of potential baby names for the Peanut. I'll preface this list by saying that Peter is an impossible person to name babies with. He usually rejects most names and of the names he'll agree to add to "The List", many of those don't make a second cut. But then, if I bring a previously rejected name to the table a second time, he'll profess an affection for it and it will be put on the list. Naming children with Peter is not for the faint of heart. Luckily, I think our situation is sitting heavily on him so he was able to put himself to the task of sorting names with more seriousness. We have an uncertain amount of time to fool around with this. I think that we may have an actual list.

So without further ado:

Baby Names


Nora (I've loved this name for a long time and I think Peter might finally be warming to it)
Eleanor (gotta love the historical/fictional background)
June (this is Peter's favorite, I think)
Beatrice (nothing cuter than a little girl called "Bea")


Joseph (I have some concerns about having a Thomas and a Joe--one full name and one nickname, but if we go with it, I don't think that the asymmetry will bring the house down)
Leo (a previously rejected name that Peter now likes. we have some friends with a Theo, but I think this will be ok)

So, I feel better now. Even if I don't have a lot of time left to ponder these names, at least we'll have something manageable to choose from. Certainly it's better than 35,000 Names for Your Baby. However, I think that I still have a few weeks to consider my possibilities. With so many people remembering me in their prayers, how can I have anything but hope?


Angoraknitter said...

I love your list of girls names! Any of those would be lovely!

I have a nephew named Leo...but they call him Connor (his middle name) instead. Carl is good! Good friend of ours, very smart, but he spells it with a K.

Peter is a wonderful name too. Peter son of John, brother of Andrew.

Glad to see you're still there and nothing too new or exciting to report. You've got your knitting right?
My last stay, one of the orderlies decided to take me on a feild trip to see the hospital garden. I was on my way back from a test wasn't too far from our destination. What a blessing...wish I'd had my camera, the flowers were beautiful. Perhaps you can arrange a little feild tip of sorts to help you from going stir crazy?

Striving Green said...

These are all fantastic names - every one of them. You two will have a hard time choosing!

Milehimama said...

Those are great!

Have you thought of "Elnora"? She's the herione of Gene Stratton Porters "Girl of the Limberlost".

kristina said...

Great choices! I have a friend that named her daughter Eleanor (after two relatives with the name) but call her Nora.

Rachel said...

Eleanor is lovely and Eleanor Roosevelt kicked ass. It would be dandy to share a name with one of the most influential women of the 20th century.

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And click in for a free show. Could be fun.

Michelle said...

My grandmother's name was Nora. I'm very happy you have made it another week.