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I would show you a really cute picture of my sister and I both pregnant except every time Rick took a photo of us, we deleted it. We both agreed that we are much more adorable in person.

She was visiting with my nephew for the weekend and the two of us got a chance to take an exercise walk. And a car actually beeped at us!

“Oh my gosh, did that car just honk at us?” my sister said.

“Do they think we are sexy mamas or is there toilet paper hanging from me?” I responded.

“Actually, it’s your scarf. It’s dragging on the ground.”


Neither my sister and I can come up with a suitable boy’s name. She doesn’t know what she’s having and I know I have a boy in there.

Every time Rick and I come up with a new name, he practices yelling it.

Like, “Archer! Come down for breakfast NOW!! You are going to be late for school.”

Which is exactly how we named our first daughter Dylan except instead of pretending to yell the name, we imagined her sweet adorable face in the bassinet, and whispering to her, “We love you sweet Dylan.” But I think by your 5th kid, you just practice shouting it.

Rick and I have never been very good at coming up with names that we both like.

He finally likes the name Harper for a girl which I tried to sell him on SIX YEARS AGO. So there is some lag time when it comes to us agreeing. And it’s hard not to name your baby for six years.

I try to come up with names when I’m lying awake at night. It’s really hard to sleep these days because the baby starts moving like crazy as soon as lie down. And then Dylan will have a nightmare. And then 2 1/2 year old Chase and Harlowe will have to pee during the night. At different times. And by morning, I feel like a minivan ran over me.

I said to my husband, “I can’t deal with this. I need more uninterrupted sleep!” And he responded, “Well, it’s going to be a LONG time before that happens.”

You know what? I don’t need that kind of reality-based negativity. So I explained to him that I wanted a more positive spin or else I was going to have an epic nervous breakdown.

He clearly got the message because the next time I complained about the general chaos and insanity in our house, he said, “Oh no worries honey.Β  Calmness is right around the corner.”

Yup. We’re just about out of the weeds. That’s what I need to believe.

mama bird notes:

My biggest pregnant regret? You can read about it here on Alpha Mom.

21 Responses to pregnant girls unite

  • Helene says:

    I totally agree, the name-thing is extremely difficult. We currently have 5 options for our little girl due in 10 weeks, but I don’t want to get too attached to any of them in case her cute little face demands a different name.

    I could suggest you find inspiration in my sister-in-law’s fondness for Nordic god-themed names. Her firstborn is named Torben and the twins coming in three weeks will most likely be named Birk and Emrik (both boys). I do however understand these names work far better in Norway than in the US, but how about using them as a tool in the name-game? Just list these three along with your preferred name and I bet Rick will chose yours πŸ˜‰

    Good luck! πŸ™‚

  • We settled on two names, one if the baby girl had blond hair, and one if she had dark… she came out with a head full of black hair!!! And wouldn’t you know… at 5 she’s a dark blond!!! But the name was right, regardless.

  • bitsy says:

    We never came up with a boy’s name for our boy until we were on the way to the hospital and then we panicked and choked and gave him his cousin’s name and now he has to go by his middle name which I don’t recommend. Does that help?

    • Steph says:

      It looks like the link doesn’t take you straight to the article but it is titled: “Why Big Families Might Be Easier” Although I only have two children, so what do I know:)

  • Princess Judy says:

    I can’t even name pets, so luckily no one has left me in charge of kid names. Hubby suggested once if we did have a kid we could use him as an experiment to see if kids grow up to match their name suggesting we name our kid Nimrod. When I gave him a dubious look, he said, “We could call him ‘Roddy.'” Since I’m not having kids feel free to take the name and the nickname. You’re welcome.

    BTW, I named the cat Charles and now everyone wants to know which Charles he’s named after. He isn’t. It is just his name! Holy cow, it is just a cat! Named Charles. He does not wish to be called Charlie. Just ask him.

  • Emah says:

    So from analyzing your other name choices, I’m getting that you go for names that are names, but are a little off the beaten track (and not super gendered). You’ve also made a joke or two about calling baby boy something that means five. I suggested Quentin as a joke, but what about Quincy or Quin? It fits with the other names, means five, but so far back in its etymology that people won’t readily assume that’s why you picked it.

  • Nellie says:

    I say you name him Atticus “Atticus, get your butt down here or you’ll be staying in that attic you are named for!” πŸ˜›

    Seriously though, I absolutely love the name Atticus and always will. Happy name hunting, hint, hint, you can also name him Hunter.

    Sending lots of happy thoughts, peaceful slumber at bedtime and lots of laughter to carry you through….plus chocolate too or whatever you are craving. πŸ™‚

  • You know, I look at where you are now, and I think, “Gee, I should be able to supply some words of wisdom for surviving having toddlers and a baby and a couple of sort of older kids.” But truthfully? I have no idea how I managed it. None. It’s all a blur, and it wasn’t that long ago. I swear, I read some older posts in my blog and think, “Really? Was that me? Did that happen?” It seems like it all happened to someone else.

    I’m a big help, I know.

  • You can have one of my boys names … Ethan, Seth, Caleb, or Jesse. They all sound awesome in yelling mode. πŸ˜‰

    Loved this post … and know your feeling of losing it. You MUST make sure to get some ‘away time’ before beautiful baby #5 arrives. No nervous breakdowns allowed. I’ll miss your posts too much. xoxo

  • Nikki says:

    Ok…I wish my son had a different middle name and I am not having any more naturally birthed children…haha…dogs are good fur kids…but I always love a good name hunt…

    If I were having another boy…Levi, Maverick, Liam, Alexander, Elliott, Sam, Banana, Fructose, and LaBobbitt…just kidding on those last 3…

  • Deb Ringold says:

    How about “Five”. Don’t judge, it’s pronounced “fee-vay” if you accent it correctly. Seriously, I think that based on the other kids names, he should be named Bob, and just explain that you just couldn’t think of any more names.

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