Playing the Name Game


I had Harlan’s name picked out before we even found out the gender of the baby.  My husband is the fourth in line for his name sake, so we knew that if we were having a boy, he would be the fifth.

If it was a girl, I knew I wanted it to be a family name and I fell in love with my mother-in-law’s maiden name, Harlan.  As soon as the ultrasound technician announced that she was a girl, I began to call her by name immediately.  We had her nursery with her initials set up the very next weekend.

We wanted to continue the trend of naming baby girl number two a family name, but I’m afraid that I won’t be able to find another name in our family that I like as much as I do my first daughter’s.  Have  I set the bar too high?

I’m the type of person that likes to plan things well in advanced and I am way behind on my own schedule of naming this second little girl.  Unfortunately, I’m not to keen on any of the immediate girls names on either sides of the family (I pray my grandparents won’t hate me for writing that.)  And another unfortunate thing is that I’m not willing to budge on having the name be a family  name.  We started it with Harlan and I would like to continue the tradition with the rest of our children.  My husband doesn’t seem to care as much, but I am set on it.

With the holidays coming up, I will be spending a lot of time with my family.  My plan is to get out the family trees and start looking for names.  I’m hoping that I will find one that I love just as much as I do Harlan’s name.  Who knew naming your child could be this tough?  Apparently, not me.

Did you have a hard time naming your child?