What’s in a baby name?

When I was little, I got anxiety over naming my Barbies and baby dolls. Naming an actual human being that has to live with that name and one I can’t just change when I get bored with it is A LOT harder.

The thing that makes it easier is that I already know what I want the name to be if it’s a girl. It’s a family name, and a name I decided on when I was like 16 years old. I had a list of boys names but suddenly when I pictured calling my child that, I didn’t like them anymore.

Names on my boy list (none of which I think I like anymore):

  • Ryder
  • Desmond
  • Jude
  • Titus
  • Declan
  • Theodore
  • Nolan
  • Chandler
  • Donovan

So instead of continually googling ‘boy names’ I went to the library and got the most recent baby name book I could find:

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Prenatal Appointment take two

We had another doctor’s appointment yesterday. Can I just say how much I hate getting up on those little beds and trying not to rip the paper? I hate it a lot. Chris made fun of me cause I sort of hopped onto the bed so I wouldn’t slide the paper up. I don’t know, it’s just agitating.

In other news, we got to hear the heartbeat! It was difficult to make out at first, but once I heard it in the background I couldn’t help but start beaming. That’s my little baby in there with the most beautiful rhythmic heartbeat I’ve ever heard. I wish I had a recording of it that I could listen to all the time. I’ve never heard such a pleasing sound. That little thump -thump- thump, thump- thump- thump… there’s really a little baby in there.

I have to be honest, despite all my MANY pregnancy symptoms, sometimes I forget that I’m growing a child. It certainly explains why I’m so tired all the time, but usually I just feel sick. I haven’t been able to successfully associate the two things in my brain. Maybe it’s because I don’t want to associate my precious baby with such a wretched feeling.

Speaking of pregnancy symptoms, I’m not nauseous all the time anymore! YAY! However, I do throw up a whole lot more. In fact I lost two pounds since my last doctor visit. The doctor didn’t seem concerned but the only thing she seems concerned about is me going to a genetics testing information meeting. I’ve done some research and already decided that I don’t want to get genetics testing. But she’s pushing this meeting on me like my baby’s life depends on it. I wonder if she gets some kind of bonus for each patient she sends. I really don’t like my doctor. I’m looking forward to moving to Utah and finding a midwife.

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