And sometimes it goes by with a rush and a whoosh.
Parenting is often both at once.
I’ll never forget my 38-week check-up with my first child. The doctor’s last words before he left the room?
“Nothing’s happen just yet, but at this stage of your pregnancy, that doesn’t mean much. You could have the baby in your arms by this time tomorrow.”
The door closed, and then I dissolved into absolute panic. I’d been pregnant forever, and yet it was SO soon.
I think choosing names feels like this sometimes.
We have plenty of time to figure it out, and then we’re packing our hospital bag and realizing the question is not. quite. settled.
If you haven’t had this conversation, set aside some time and work through the questions now. Even if you’re down to two final names, it’s the kind of talk that can make one name seem like the clear favorite. Or maybe you’ll realize that none of your finalists are clicking, because you really need to consider some fresh possibilities.
It’s quick and it’s slow, all at once. But even if you already have your baby in your arms, there’s always a little bit of time to pause and think over your best options.
TikTok explains the evolution of Peggy from Margaret and more. Also, how we got the word “nickname” in the first place.
Also on TikTok: claims about kids named Oranjello and the like are circulating on this new-ish platform. While there are some crazy, outlandish, wait-WHAT names out there, it’s important to repeat that urban legend names are often deeply rooted in discrimination. This 2018 interview with Cleveland Kent Evans on the Baby Names Podcast is worth revisiting. And, of course, these stories predate TikTok – and all social media, actually.
Nancy has the results of the Pop Culture Baby Names Game. Lilibet is the big winner, with other fascinating rises + debuts, too. Like Ice – whoa!
Swistle makes a good point about nicknames here. As parents, we often think we don’t want nicknames … but then they emerge naturally over time, and we really do like them.
A deep dive into how names actually worked in ancient Rome. Also, I would love to meet a Tanaquil, Mercury, or Aquila.
Acela, Lupine, Vignette + more fascinating finds on the edges of the new data. Some of these might just catch on …
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