At the beginning of December we went to the baby’s sonogram. Had you asked me ahead of time what I thought the baby was, I would have said I had no clue. But apparently I thought it was a girl, because when we found out it was a boy I was genuinely shocked. I even shed a couple surreptitious tears, as I had hoped for a sister for S. Of course I got over it quickly, but the lingering problem remains: We had a girl name all picked out. We’ve been saving the name Vera (Trav’s seriously awesome grandma) forever. We nearly used it as a middle name for S, but decided it warranted first name status. A few weeks into my pregnancy, we got a phone call from his brother. The entire purpose for the call was to inform us that he and his wife were putting dibbs on the name Vera, to which Travis replied, “Sorry dude! Whoever has a baby girl first gets to use it.” We smirked at each other, knowing we’d definitely beat them to the punch.
So now here we are, with no boy names we can agree on. Here is a sampling of names I like: Beck, Ren, Jasper, August, Cyrus, Heath. I’m looking for something short, unique, but not weird. Here are the names that Travis has suggested: Helvetica, Fabian, Magnus, Magnum, Thunder, Gustaf, Ingemar, Utah, Futura, Grand. Do you see the problem here? Travis is clearly leaning towards something Swedish, or the name of a font. What can I say? We’re totally screwed. How bad would it be to name a boy Vera?