I have a couple bits of criteria that we're trying to fulfill. Ultimately, we want her name to:
- Be more "traditional" than "trendy"
- Be just unique enough that it is easily recognizable and prounceable, and yet not have five other girls in her class with the same name (ie, probably not a name in the top 20 of today's most popular names--turns out that Laura was #20 the year I was born, and I don't know too many other Laura's)
- Not remind either of us of someone "mean" who we knew with that name
- Have a significant meaning
- Work well with the middle name that we have chosen to honor my mom, as well as our last name
- Sound good as she's walking across the stage at graduation
Along with that name, my husband started a list with four other names--three of which I liked. One of the names was inspired by a song (another one of his many searches), but is also the name of my dearest childhood friend. It meets all of the criteria, so it's also on our list. Sidenote: That night, I then had a dream that this friend--who I've known and adored since the 3rd grade--apparently has hated me all this time! In the dream, I even broke down to her in tears confessing that we were thinking of naming our daughter after her. Apparently I'm more anxious about this whole picking-the-perfect-name thing than I realized if it's all coming out in my dreams! I called her yesterday to share the dream with her, and she assured me that she has and always will love me and value our friendship, so her name is definitely still on the list.
Would you like to participate in our "name games" and throw out some "what about _____?" type of ideas? I'm not necessarily saying that we're going to pick anything from this open call, but I'd be curious to hear what names you think meet the criteria listed above.
Yesterday's blessing was the delivery of leftover baby items from one of my amazing colleagues, who I really look up to as a mentor. She brought in some lightly used items, and is bringing in a totally brand new extra carseat base that she just never ended up using with her son. Our collection of baby gear is slowing but surely starting to grow!