These blankets I knit for my babies take a long time. 130 stitches per row, 238 rows, all on 4.5mm needles. I’ve knitted 93 rows so far, and I just have eight more rows before I’ll need to start purling the initial. That means we need to finalize the name for this baby.
I love talking about baby names. I’ll talk about names for my baby, your baby, boy names, girl names. I think it’s the dreaming aspect of it. New babies are so very exciting — let’s name them all.
Here’s how we named our first two kids. When I was pregnant with David, we didn’t know his gender. We picked a boy name and a girl name and, when he was born, he got the boy name. When I got pregnant with Mary Virginia, we found out she was a girl so we used the girl name we had waiting in the wings.
Now we’re out of names. For some reason, girl names are easier for me — I have twelve girl names ready and I could easily come up with more. But boy names? David. That’s my only boy name.
Naming our third child has been harder than our first two. Perhaps because, now that we have children, we know more kids, so now we have associations with names that would have been on our list.
Tom and I like names that are classic, Biblical, and are family names. The last one is probably the most important; David Andrew and Mary Virginia are both meaningful family names.
When we asked David what we should name this baby, there was a teeny tiny part of me that hoped he’d come out with something that we’d like. His suggestion, of course, was that we name the baby Caleb. In his defense, that definitely counts as a family name.
We’re pretty sure we have a name, but we still have about seven weeks (or, more pressing, eight rows) to change our minds.
Are we the only ones who have a harder time naming second, third, fourth children? How did you decide on names for your children?
And, while you’re at it, we’re open to suggestions.