I am of the opinion that there are many people who pick our children's names long before they're ready to conceive, and that Mr. M and I are not the only nutsos that do this.

Anyway, Mr. M and I decided on names for each gender some time ago, though we don't expect the pitter-patter of little feet for a number of years.

And then last night we were discussing a historical woman for whom I have a great deal of respect. And I started to rethink our name choice.

But today-- AHA! I am pleased to tell you I found that this marvelous woman was known by her middle name, and her first name was what we wanted from the start.

I'm a little smug. What a happy surprise.


  1. Cool! I must tell you, though. We had my daughter's name picked out months before she was born, but when she arrived she just wasn't a Lydia. So, she went nameless for two days until we figured it out!

  2. Tee hee. Babies are supposed to throw you off kilter, aren't they?

  3. Husbandy and I bought a baby name book a year before we were married.. so I'm definitely with you on the long term planny thing.

    (For the record, Ian, Adam, Zoe and Sophie.)

  4. I had my dd's name picked out decades before she was born. By the time I was midway through my pregnancy with her, I was so sick of Emily that I knew it was all over for that one.

    She is clearly a Marissa anyway,and has been for almost 20 years.


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