By the fourth kid, no one asks you if you have any names picked out, or any of that sort of fun, sort of annoying stuff. It's usually a combination of "my how you have your hands full" and "poor Drew" which I usually respond to by saying "Yes, but at least he'll have the chauvinism beat out of him at an early age" and "Why, does it look like I can't handle all these little brats?"
That usually goes over really well.
But truly, we have no names. We never have names. Ever. I'm not trying to be coy, if you do happen to ask me, or asked me at BlogHer, because we really, seriously do not have a name.
With Margot, we were stuck between that and Daria, which we've since abandoned this time around since I'm insistent that each kid get their own letter.
And we were literally writing middle names on the white board in my labor and delivery room.
This time around is no different.
I've got two ideas but could use your help. So, humor me:
1. How do you feel about using a middle name as a first name? As in people getting a first name but being called my their middle name? I was sort of against it just because I figure if you're going to call them something make it their name, but then what the hell do I know? So what do you think? Is it cool? Confusing? Who cares?
2. What middle names do you like with Gwen? Not Gwendolyn because we have a Quinlan and that's too many "lans" or "lyns" or whatever. Just Gwen. And it can't start with a T.
3. How do you feel about using one grandmother's name (read: my mom not my MIL so help me God) because we actually really like the name and not because I'm trying to be a subversive bitch? For the record, my husband thinks it's no big deal. I'm the one sort of harping over it. Maybe because I think it makes me look like a subversive bitch. And secretly, I KIND OF LIKE IT. What say you?
Oh, and if you hate the name Gwen, feel free to hold onto and cherish that thought in your very own head instead of typing it in the comments. I do it every time someone tells me their kid is named "Kaydynn" or whatever, and for the most part, we all live happily ever after.