Choosing a name is so much more difficult the second time around! With Emmalyn, we pretty much knew right away what we wanted to name her. We threw around ‘Olivia’ and ‘Amelia’ for a while, but we loved the name Emmy and my husband actually came up with Emmalyn as a more “sophisticated” name. Done! In the first trimester. Woop!Woop! (& as you know, we just chose to keep her name a secret until she popped out!)
Now we are a little more than halfway through and I’m having nightmares that Lil Sis won’t have a name come Birth Day. My nightmares actually consist of us coming home from the hospital, and her still not having a name two days postpartum. The nightmares continue with me crying; feeling super frustrated and pressured to pick The Perfect Name.
We have an on-going list of about twenty names, but only a handful are semi-semi-serious contenders. If we had a boy, the name was already decided months ago… Alexander. Piece of cake. I think it’s a tougher decision the second time around because she’s the second girl and her name has to *go* with Emmalyn’s. It has to fit in the same category of “unique,” (or whatever that means these days) but not too far-fetched. Both ‘Emma’ and ‘Lyn(n)’ are classic, traditional, and southern-sounding names. Therefore, we feel like Lil Sis’ name needs to match that. Then there’s the whole nickname situation: I feel like we must give this next baby a nickname because Big Sis has a nickname. I want her to have a nickname not just to be fair, but I think nicknames are fun and cute, too.
With Emmalyn, we were able to *try out* her name. We would call her by name in conversation and hear it out loud to see if it was fitting for our family. This time around, it’s quite difficult because we don’t want to confuse our big three year-old. If we start calling the baby by a name, say, for a week or two, and Emmalyn picks it up, what’s she going to think if we change it on her?? Instead, we’ve been writing names on her chalkboard, looking at them and soaking them in whenever we walk by.
We have casually and fleetingly thrown around names over the dinner table and have asked Emmalyn what she thinks about them, too. We’ve even asked her what she wants her little sister’s name to be. So far she’s come up with: Minnie Mouse, Baby Ariel, Boopy Baby, and Lasagna.
While those are great options, Em, the nicknames are looking a little bleak…
We were set on a name–or so we thought–but then realized it’s a name that has been recently been climbing the popularity charts. We actually just met a little girl Emmalyn’s age, named Emma (coincidentally), who’s new baby sister was just named this. I won’t say the name just in case we still use it… I love the name regardless, and am in denial that it’s becoming popular, but Blake has pretty much closed the door to it. (If you’re pregnant and looking at the The Charts, too, you can probably guess what it is…)
We won’t be like the family who is asking the Internet to name their baby, but any suggestions are greatly appreciated! 😉
If you have more than one child of the same gender, how did you decide on #2’s name? Did it come to you right away or were you making last-minute decisions while the Birth Certificate was dangling in front of your face?