Sunday Summary 12.17.17It’s official! My firstborn is thirteen years old today. It seems unbelievable, and yet obvious. I mean – he’s taller than me by a couple of inches, his feet are huge, and his voice is not the voice of a sweet little boy anymore. Time, friends, has flown by.

I’ve written about his name a few times:

It also seems like a good moment to share this post, a reflection on things I’ve learned over the years, as a name blogger and a parent:

Eight Things I’ve Learned About Baby Names as a Parent

I’m about to head off for presents and cake, but before I go:

That’s all for now! As always, thank you for reading – and have a great week!

About Abby Sandel

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  1. I’m currently obsessing over a sibset. It seems like outside opinions favor matching but not matchy-matchy, as in two vintage names are okay but not two plant names.

    My dilemma is whether I want to prioritze having the a good sibset (i.e., first names that go well together but are not too matchy-cheesy), or whether I want to prioritize giving my second daughter a name that I love just as much as I love my firstborn’s. Ivy & Clara. Or Ivy and Violet. (With whichever I don’t choose used as a middle.)

  2. Happy 13th birthday, Alex! My daughter will be 8 in a few weeks; when I started reading this blog she was just a baby! Where did the time go?!

  3. Happy birthday to your Alexander! I’ve found having a teen to be more fun than not. I hope your experience is similar.