February 27, 2017

Choosing a Baby Name

You know when things just align in your life? Little signs that you prove you’re in the right lane? At least that’s the way I choose to look at it. Instead of being bummed or frustrated that another blogger or site I admire has similar stuff, I’m flattered by the fact that I’m on target with some of the best and biggest out there, that my content is quality, my timing is true and, overall, I’m authentic to myself and you. Because I sincerely like the following sites and they speak to my style, which is what I try to reflect here.

Twice this week, I discovered content on other sites that I’d already posted or planned on. First, LaurenConrad.com shared this image on Instagram which was very similar to my office inspo that I posted previously in the week. Second, another site I love, Studio DIY, did a feature on baby names, which I had slated in my editorial calendar for today. Two years ago, when I started this little site, for fear of looking like I was copying, I might’ve thought twice. But, now, instead of scrapping it because someone else did it, I forged ahead because it is consistent with my content, truly what is happening in my life (hence a lifestyle blog) and I don’t have the exact readership that they have. My audience is unique to me, as theirs is to them. The name suggestions they receive are with them in mind. The ones I hope to get from you are with me/us in mind. Plus, I need some serious help!

When I became pregnant the first time, I just knew it was a girl. Still, we tossed around names for both genders but only were able to come up with one boy name we both liked in comparison to a bunch of girl names. Sure enough, it turned out, I was pregnant with a little girl. So it was time to decide between:

Riley

Harper

Finley 

Isla

and…

Lilly

I think, by now, you know which name won. 😉

This time, before we found out, we were still considering the above names but Dylan was in the lead for a little girl’s name. I love using a typically traditional boy’s name for a girl. I also liked the contrast of Lilly being so girly with Dylan being a little more masculine.

But, it’s a boy.

And while I won’t give away the one name we liked last time as it’s the only one we can still agree on and I truly believe in keeping the name a secret to avoid hearing people’s opinions of what your child will likely be called, which is the worst, (No one looks at a precious newborn baby and says, “Ew, I don’t like his name”. But before he’s born, lips are loose and all kinds of comments come out!), I will tell you the few that have been vetoed and by who!

Wyatt (my choice negged by Zach)

Max (Zach’s suggestion nixed by me)

Lilly, well, she wants WOODSTOCK. So…

Tell me, which boys names do you love? What do you think sounds and goes best with Friedman (our last name) and/or Lilly, his sister? Help us out!! I’d love to hear your all-time favorite names, what your kids (or dogs! Heck, even your childhood dolls!) are called. I’ll take inspiration from anywhere!

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  • Grace Hopkins

    I am a girl and my whole life I have gone by my middle name, Grace. As a 2000’s baby this name seems to pop up all of the time. I used to hate my first name, Holden. I only knew boys named that. Now, I wish more than ever that I went by that name because it is unique. I am 17 now so it is a little difficult to change my name but one of my children will definitely be named that! I also love the name James- it is timeless and classy (and all of the James’ I know are cute) I think gender neutral names are so fun and unique. My brother is named Parker which is another name I really like, and my sister is Lawson, all names that seem to be neutral.
    Favorites:
    Holden
    James
    Parker
    Rees
    Jake
    Reid
    Hayes

    Hope I could help! Congratulations on your wonderful addition to your family! Best wishes :))

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