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The Name Game

I thought a girl name was a done deal.  Keyword in that statement being thought. I was in for a shock when my husband came to me the night of our ultrasound and said he no longer was in love with the name we originally had picked out: Liberty Ann.

Right into the garbage it went, and then began my search for names. I am still standing my ground though, I want to use Liberty, and hopefully it will work out by May.

Although I think this is the first time around I am really truly interested in seeing what the baby looks like before deciding on a name, so by the time she is three I am hoping to have something picked out!

Our search has brought us so many names, but the first one that my family has been pretty stuck on is Georgia Ann. My late paternal grandfather who celebrates a birthday on May 3 was named George. My father started the request and it has certainly spread like wildfire. It is another family name, but I think many people who meet her will automatically assume that she was named after the state. On top of that, Georgia will be shortened to Georgie.  I am Danielle, and all my life people called me Danny and I hated it! It is a boy’s name!

The other family name we love is Dorothy. My husband had a very close relationship with his grandmother who passed away last December, and her name was Dorothy. She was an awesome woman, a real spitfire, and it seems as though all the older names are making a big come back.

Then came the mainstream names I have always loved: Madeline and Addison. I was even toying around with Addison for a boy because let’s be honest, before Addison Montgomery on Gray’s Anatomy and Private Practice most people associated it with a boy. I mean, the name itself means “Son of Adam.”

Then came the soap opera inspiration. I must say in the past year I have slacked off big time. I simply do not have time to fight with the children from one to four in the afternoon over the television. While we don’t watch the TV a ton, if the channel changes from Disney or Nick Jr. there is mutiny. So from the soaps! Nora, Jocelyn and Kendall. I know a lot of boys who are named Kendall, but I think it is also a very pretty name for a little girl. Nora can also double as Nora Walker from Brothers & Sisters and seriously, who doesn’t love Sally Fields in that role?  She is like the TV mom we all wish we had!

Then there is the song namesake. Layla. I love Layla, and she will grow up knowing Eric Clapton loves her, too. (Har har har!)

But knowing that this is your first, and last little girl, there is so much pressure on picking out the perfect name. I think if anything that is what may send me over the edge before May.  Not the heartburn, surgical birth, or not being able to see my feet shortly!

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