Choosing the perfect name for your baby can be one of the most stressful parts of pregnancy. It is such a huge decision that can seemingly affect your child’s entire life. When you finally do come up with one you like, your partner inevitably tells you he hates it or it sounds funny with your last name.
Then there is the problem of making the name flow with the other people’s names in the family. When we were expecting our fourth, it seemed like every name either rhymed with or clashed with one of our other kid’s names. The boy name we had picked out for Elle was Leo, but we felt we couldn’t use Leo for number 4 because when saying “Elle and Leo” I was afraid it would sound like “LELELELELO”.
Maybe I was over analyzing things, but at the time we totally struggled with the decision and didn’t decide on a name until the absolute last minute. Baby names are hard.
Now that we are done having kids, I have certain names that give me a little twinge of regret whenever I hear them. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love our kids’ names and they suit their personalities perfectly. But I am a little sad for the names I used to lust over that I’ll never get to use.
My baby name crush list:
Mabel- The husband declared I had pregnancy-induced insanity when I suggested this one. I tried to sell him on “it’s so ugly it’s cute” but he wasn’t budging.
Meadow- He called me a hippie (like that’s an insult?)
Ava- I love it but so does everyone else. Too popular.
Penelope- Our last name also has three syllables and starts with “P” so yeah, it sounds ridiculous.
Reese- Love the name but feared a complex relationship to a certain chocolate.
Sylvie- I liked Sylvie, he liked Sylvia, and we were never able to meet in the middle.
Leo- I still sweat this so name hard!
Jude- Such a cute name but we tried to avoid any names that people associate with songs.