If Graham had been a girl her name would have been Elles Olivia. Elles was my mom's maiden name. We probably would have called her Ellie and at the time I didn't know a single Ella or Ellie or Elle. We liked the name Carter for a boy but decided on Graham after I read an article about a family that had renovated a home in midtown. They had a little boy named Graham and instantly I was in love with the name. I mentioned it to Nathan that day and he totally agreed. We went to the ultrasound with Elles Olivia and Graham Nathan and never had second thoughts.
By the time I was pregnant with Nora, I knew a lot of Ellie's and Ella's so we decided to come up with something new. My great grandma's name was Nora. I mentioned it to Nathan and he hated it. He said "No way!" I didn't give up. Right before we found out she was a girl I mentioned to Nathan's mom that I loved the name Nora and she said "That was Nathan's great grandmother's name." DONE. Nathan had a change of heart. We never did settle on a boy's name but we liked the names Finn and Atticus. We went back and forth between Nora Jane, Nora Elizabeth and Nora Claire. I'm so glad we chose Nora Claire.
We definitely had a harder time choosing Charlie's name. Although I was sort of hoping for a boy I could not decide on a boy name. We knew without a doubt that if the baby was a girl her name would be Violet Jane. This was BEFORE Ben & Jennifer named their baby Violet. I LOVE the name Violet and when the doctor told us it was a GIRL at the ultrasound I headed straight out and bought the prettiest white and lavender baby bedding. About a month later we found out it was NOT a girl and we were stumped. We had a long list of names and none of them felt right. We thought about Gus, Ellis, Nate, Oliver, Charlie & Thatcher. (I only remember this because I found the list in my nightstand the other day.) We still weren't 100 percent sure when he was born but he came home with the name Charles Oliver. I could not even say his name for the first few months. I thought about changing his name. Nathan felt the same way. Then one day his little personality kicked in and he is such a "Charlie." I love his name now. Must have been the hormones.
I love coming up with baby names. I love my job because I get to hear baby names all the time. I can't stand it when people won't tell what they are going to name the baby...although I totally get it. It's awful when you get every one's opinions on what you should name your baby. I recall a very nasty argument I had with my big brother over one of the names we liked. He didn't like it and you just don't tell a hormonal soon to be mommy that you don't like the name she has chosen.
For this giveaway, let's play the NAME GAME!! Leave a comment telling me what you would name your baby (boy or girl or both) if you were having a baby today!!! I will use the random number picker thing to pick a winner. The winner will get a melamine plate of their choice!!
WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED SUNDAY!
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