What you were not named: BLUE.
July 24, 2009

***If you are reading this, I am in a hospital SOMEWHERE screaming my ass off and attempting to shove a child out of my vagina.  This is the last in a series of three posts that were all created several months ago in preparation for labor and delivery.  I hope you enjoy them =)  As soon as I am home from the hospital, I will pick up where I left off.  Wish us luck!  (Also, as this is the last, you know what that means: baby pictures TOMORROW!)

If you are a boy, your middle name will be Daniel.  People ask us all the time if we considered having a little Donald III, and the truth is?  No.  I love your father, but we do not need to struggle to figure out which mail belongs to which Donald for the rest of our lives.  Daniel is the name of my father, a man whose name cannot be confused with Donald with any ease.  And so Daniel is the name that we have chosen, a name of love and strength and support and FAMILY.  We know through and through that there is no name better-suited for you.

Moving forward to THE SHORT LIST, dear child, if you are a boy, this is what you were not named.

Silas      I love this name!  LOVE IT!  Your father said that this is a dark name.  I said that it was a beautiful name, a blank slate, a strong name, like a lumberjack.  He said that it did not sound like a name at all and instead sounded like somebody who chopped up children’s bodies and kept them in his basement.  I may or may not have thrown something at his head when this happened.

Jacob      Your father loves this name!  LOVES IT!  Your father said that this is a strong and masculine name.  I said that it was kind of okay, maybe, sort of, but I knew a Jake once and he stole gumballs from the teacher and shoved them up his nose.  Your father said that I was insane and that all of those other names were for pansies, AND I QUOTE, “you’ve got to come out of the gate strong.”  I may or may not have thrown something at his head when this happened.

Loïc      This is a French name that means “warrior.”  I love this name!  LOVE IT!  I said that it was lovely, you could just puuuuurrrrrrr it, oh my goodness, what a beautiful name.  Your father choked on his drink and raised his eyebrows so high that a seagull came by and snatched them up.  I may or may not have thrown something at his head when this happened.

Jack      Go ahead.  Say this name out loud with your middle name.  Thank us for loving you enough not to saddle you with this name, ALTHOUGH THE TEMPTATION EXISTED.

Oliver      For once, your father and I actually agreed on this name and I would not be surprised if you someday have a little brother with this name purely because your father relishes moments wherein things are NOT thrown at his head.

What were some of your BOY names that made (or are on) the short list?

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  1. By Elizabeth on July 24, 2009

    You’re killing us Sarah!

    We have a Dirk and a Derek. Their names mean the same thing! :)

  2. By Kathleen on July 24, 2009

    I love the name Oliver! If I had boy/girl twins I would be mean and name them Oliver and Olivia. Maybe…

    I also like the name Edward…but do not like Eddy of Ed, soooo….it likely would not work. Daniel, Julius (grandfathers name), and Sebastian. (I think I would have to live in Europe someplace to get this one to fly…)

    Maybe tomorrow we will find out WHO you had. :)

  3. By Veronica on July 24, 2009

    Is it strange that I feel really weird talking about baby names? I hated discussing them with people (aside from Nat) when I was pregnant too.

    Anyway. Getting over that.

    WIlliam. Xavier. Henry. Isaac.

    Obviously Isaac was our final choice, but I’m pretty sure if we have another boy we’ll be choosing from the same short list. Our next girl will probably be Evelyn Kathleen, for our grandmothers.

    Now you gone and made me clucky. Thanks.

  4. By Veronica on July 24, 2009

    GAH! Typos. I hate them. William*

  5. By Megan R. on July 24, 2009

    Since it is a girl we are having, these names that we had chosen for a boy will not be used…but we still love them!

    August Jay
    Gibson Jay
    Grayson Jay

    Jay is my hubby’s middle name, and we knew that we would use it.  The first name was hard to come up with for boys!  Guess we got lucky that it was a girl!

  6. By toyfoto on July 24, 2009

    I named my son Silas; had to fight my husband to do it, too.
    It’s a variation on Silvanus, (Silvio) and means of the forrest.
    I also was a huge fan of George Elliott’s Silas Marner.

    He told me he had *just* met a guy named Silas he didn’t like.
    I knew he’d like his son.

    I never really considered any other name, but we did discuss Jasper, Gabe and Graham.

  7. By on July 24, 2009

    My boys names include:
    Marlow, Xavier, Kai, William, Leon, Archibald, Finn, Luka, Jasper..

    I find boys names a lot easier!!!

    Love Oliver especially from that list
    and OMG Loic is so cuteeee !

  8. By Jinxy @ Jinxyisms on July 24, 2009

    Its a good thing we had a girl because we could not come up with any boy names we liked.

  9. By on July 24, 2009

    I wrote my boys’ names in my comments yesterday, but here they are again!

    James, Hayden and SILAS. So throw something at Donald’s head for me too. Silas is a beautiful name. ;-)

    The names that were on my short list but ultimately didn’t make the cut:

    Isaac (was supposed to be James’ name but my cousin had a baby 5 months before and named him Isaac!)

  10. By on July 24, 2009

    We had an exchange student named Loic. He was cool. The funny thing is that he looked more like my second brother,( slight, blond hair, blue eyes) than any of the other three of us siblings (who have darker features and are not slight).

    Anyway- it’s a nice name! As are the other except I agree with Donald about the name Silas.

  11. By on July 24, 2009

    I love the name Daniel. My son is Eli Daniel so I am partial

  12. By gretchen from lifenut on July 24, 2009


  13. By Vicky on July 24, 2009

    My son’s name is Tommy Carter, my husband is Tommy Lee and his Dad is Tommy Carrol.  We went with the tradition (or so we thought) of giving the same first name and a different middle name. My husband found out just this past October that not only does he have a brother that he didn’t know about BUT that his name is Tommy Carrol.  Talk about jacking up my son and husbands name.

  14. By on July 24, 2009

    My son is Noel Kenneth…

    Noel was my lovely, wonderful grandpa and Kenneth is my father-in-law.

    While it was always going to be Noel, other family names that we liked were Colin and Garret.

  15. By tracy on July 24, 2009

    I LOVE the name Silas, too. I would have been on my list had we had a boy. Robert was to be the middle name; a family name on my husband’s side. I originally wanted Finn but Hubby hated it, so I had pretty much settled on Jackson Robert. Jackson for my dad’s dad, who died when he was 13.

  16. By Hollie on July 24, 2009

    I have 2 boys—the first was named before he was conceived.  I had a dream while on vacation in Europe, that we had a son and we named him Andrew.  So, that’s exactly what happened!  His middle names are Michael Clark-honoring both my stepdad and my Dad, who passed away.

    The second was more difficult to name.  I liked Evan best, but hubby wasn’t sure.  We liked Caleb but it didn’t go with our last name at all.  So we went to the hospital knowing the baby would be either Evan, Lucas or Grant.  But while in labor, hubby leaned over and said “You can name the baby whatever you want!“ Evan Jack (after hubby’s grandpa) is now 3 months old :o)

    My girl name was Maya, with both pregnancies.  I also loved Chloe and Violet.  First pregnancy I thought I would love Maya Allison, second pregnancy it was all about Maya Violet. 

    I am fairly new to your blog and enjoying all of this excitement!  Can’t wait to hear the news!

  17. By Amber on July 24, 2009

    If we have a boy someday, his name will be Elijah, after my husband’s father. Before he died in 2006, we told him that this would be the case. We both love the name, which also helps!

  18. By erin on July 24, 2009

    We did not have much of a short list for boys, but we both loved Benjamin, Matthew, and Michael.  Classic sturdy Biblical names.  If we have a boy, his middle name will be Bernhard, for Brian’s grandfather, who was awesome though I never got the pleasure of meeting him.

    In my mommy group, there is a little baby boy named Indiana Geronimo Jones.  No joke.

  19. By Megan at FASS on July 24, 2009

    I love ALL of those choices.  And Amelie was one of our top choices as well for a girl!

    Jonah, Noah, and Benjamin were my 3 top choices other than the name we have chosen.

    For a girl, we had Amelie, Amelia, Madeleine, and Camille.

  20. By Kimberly on July 24, 2009

    Thinking of you!!!! xo

  21. By Mommica on July 24, 2009

    Oh, come on! What’s wrong with Jack Daniel?

  22. By Joe @ Irrationaldad on July 24, 2009

    I hope you have a boy… boys ROCK!!! I am only speaking with 13 months experience though.

    But seriously, they rock!

  23. By Trenches of Mommyhood on July 24, 2009

    LOVE Jack Daniel.  (We almost used that name too, except…not.  I just couldn’t go thru with it.)

    My brother is Daniel.

    My boyz’ middle names are George, Job and Scott.  After the men on Hubby’s side of the fam.

  24. By Boy Crazy on July 24, 2009

    I have three boys. Owen, Eli and Axel. We always had a much easier time choosing boy names than girl names…maybe we somehow knew we were destined to have all boys. :)

    Wishing a beautiful birth for you!

  25. By Stephanie on July 24, 2009

    We ARE having a boy, so we decided to go with the Jr route for our son. We’re very excited!

    Congrats on your baby and I can’t wait to see pictures, soon!

  26. By Restless Mama on July 24, 2009

    Jack Daniel(s) would’ve been quite the hilarious name - good for the two of for not going with it.  I love the name Oliver!

    I almost named my son Linus, mostly because that’s what his dad wanted and at the time he was choosing the first name and I was picking the middle name (Hawaiian tradition of having a Hawaiian nickname) but stuff happened and I chose Aidan.  I’ve always loved Irish boy names.

    It was a toss up between Aidan and:

    or Jack (non-Irish….I think) or Micah (definitely not Irish but I love the sound of it)

    Looking forward to hear all about the new clan member!

  27. By Lisa on July 24, 2009

    Can’t wait to hear your news!

  28. By caramama on July 25, 2009

    I think Jack Daniel would have been AWESOME!

    Our second choice for a boy’s name was Dylan. I LOVED Brighton, but hubby said it was a place not a name. He LOVED Alexander, but I thought it was too traditional. We found boys names much harder than girl names. We ended up absolutely loving the name we picked for our baby boy, so it worked out.





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