Dreaming up baby names has always been a big past-time for me, and it's funny to look back on the long list of favorites that started with my dolls and has continued to roll into adulthood. It's not too often that I get to participate in naming a real live baby though, and it's a responsibility that has caused a lot of second guessing over the last eight months.
Choosing Little Smith's name was much more intuitive. I've been an Easy Rider fan since my pre-teen years and always liked the strength of the name, James loved it too... done and done. Being among the first of our crowd to have a baby, we didn't know any other kids. There wasn't much consideration over naming trends, whether it was too popular, or what 'kind' of person would choose this name for their child. Of course I now know that it is a trendy name, but luckily not very popular here in New England (guess we can all just stay here for life to avoid those name twins!).
This time around we are much more up in our heads. We had a name that we loved, but then worried that it's too on trend. We've gone through lots of unusual names (with such a common last name I will not do Jane, no matter how classic and great a name like that is), but we don't truly love any of them as much. It's easy to think of great names for a character in a story, but ultimately the name also has to resonate with our family. It has to feel like one of us.
In the end, we don't care that Little Smith's name is on the rise and fairly popular. We love it and it feels perfect for him. I think we're going back to our first choice for our baby girl too, because even if we could choose a name that we're certain is an original, there isn't much point if we don't completely adore it... except of course simply being original... and applauded for our creativity. I don't think a kid should have to carry a name that's more about our egos than our instincts.
Adding to this naming fun, I also have to decide what to call the new baby in this space. Obviously I don't use Little Smith's first name here. With our last name being in the title of the site, and also very common, I want to protect my kids' future privacy and avoid search engines leading here. I'm aware of the hypocrisy of putting so much information out there and still trying to preserve anonymity, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it!
So I've contemplated Miss Smith, Little Miss... It's going to be confusing no matter what. Maybe I should go in a completely different direction and just choose a silly nickname, suggestions are welcome. And don't worry, while I won't type it in searchable text, I'll definitely share the little lady's real moniker here right away. I'm always so excited to see a new baby's name, hope ours goes over well. No guesses, or I might reconsider!
*photos are all from that dance in the rain a few weeks ago. is there anything better on a hot night than getting a little wet and muddy before bed?