First, thank you for the nice comments the other day about my haircut. You guys are a bunch of sweetie-pies! I've heard a few "You look younger!" comments since getting it all lopped off, and those people are now my new best friends. My apologies to my former best friends. You may be reinstated if you come up with better compliments.
On with the subject of today's post: Girl names... I'm having serious doubts about naming a baby girl Sam. Darrell however, is not. And no, we did not get our referral yet, so no, we do not know if Sam is even going to be a girl, but please, people- anyone who knows me understands that I have to spend time and energy worrying about this subject right now. Nevermind that I really do think we'll get a boy... Humor me, okay? I have to have my back-up plan in place. Darrell has no interest in discussing this with me, no matter how obnoxiously often I bring it up, so that means... You get to hear it!
I like very feminine, old-fashioned names. I don't like girl names that are really trendy, although I appear to have a habit of choosing names that wind up being popular. I guess I really know how to pick 'em. I thought I was being so original with Olivia and Brianna, but no... not so much. There is an Olivia and/or Brianna on every one of the girls' teams and in every elementary class. For the most part though, trendy, cute, cheerleader-ish names are out. No offense to all the Brittanys, Haylies, Kaylies, Mileys, Kylies, and Smylies out there. I'm sure you're all wonderful people.
I love flower names: Daisy, Violet, Rose (Rosalie!), Lilly. I love good, solid, "old-lady" names: Scarlet, Esther, Emma, Sophia/Sophie (slightly trendy, but I still love it), Annie (which I love, but it would sound funny with our last name, I think).
The meaning of the name is kind of important to me, too. No "negative" names. For example, I love the name Leah, but it means weak or weary and that kind of ruins it for me.
One of my all-time favorite girl names is... Oh, forget it. I'm too embarrassed to tell you. Judging by the ridicule I've received from my own family members, everyone absolutely hates it. It's a name that seems to invite mockery of every sort, so there's no way in Hades I'd get to use it anyway.
Darrell basically hates all the girl names I come up with, including all of those I mentioned above, which is why we will probably wind up with Samantha. His pick. It's not a bad name, it's just... I dunno. For one thing, to me, Samantha is a cat's name. Our cat's name is Mama, not Samantha, so go figure. Weird. But... I digress. It is also the name of Olivia's American Girl doll, so there would obviously be a lot of confusion in the house. How would the doll and/or the baby know which Samantha we're speaking to?
The main problem with Samantha other than, you know, I don't like it, is that we are nick-name people around this house, so the baby will not be called Samantha, she'll most likely be called Sam. Sam is not a girlie name. I want a girlie name if I'm having a girl- did I mention that? That means that the other names Darrell seems to like for girls (Stevie, Andi, Stormie, etc...) aren't gonna fly with me either, although those are all cute names. We could do Sami/Sammie, I guess, to "girl it up" a little bit, but I'd rather have something else. Names that end in "i" are venturing into cheerleader territory, are they not?
(Crap. If we do name her Samantha, I'll have to go back and delete this post someday, so that her little feelings won't be hurt. I don't want her to feel like her own Mom dislikes her name. Someone will need to remind me to do that, okay?)
Darrell let me pick Olivia and Brianna, and accepted what I wanted without complaint or comment. What a gem. I think he figured that, since we'd had four boys in a row, he would let me have free reign and be as girlie as I wanted with my daughters. So, I guess I could be really sweet and let him have Samantha, or any other name he chooses, for our last baby. I could... I guess... Of course, I won't... But I could.
Maybe if I keep pushing for the name I like the most (The Most Detested Female Name on Earth), Darrell will compromise and let me have Violet, Scarlet, Sophia, or Daisy?
What do you guys think? Have you heard any girl names lately that you really like? Can you think of any good, old fashioned names for me? Are you even still awake? A free M&M to anyone who made it through this whole post! Another one if you contribute a suggestion- I'm feeling generous! Just tell me where to send it.