September 30, 2009


(I was trying to spell out how it sounds when I groan because I am groaning ehhhhhhhh.)

I've got a cold and everything just feels heavy. My head is heavy. My eyelashes feel heavy. The air is heavy. Heavy.


Anyway, over at my NWIparent Close to Home blog I am crossing things off my bucket list and also giving away a $20 Wendy's gift card (ends tomorrow night).

I've been wanting oldschoolblogging to make a comeback and so I better start participating. Here's a meme that doesn't seem to require too much use of my brain as mine is mushy goo in a foggy fog right now. I was tagged by Mommy Words and I am playing along!

It's about our children's names.

1. Do you have any cultural or religious naming traditions?

No traditions for us. We kind of created a tradition by giving our boys family middle names and then that got interesting when we had Ivy...

2. Did you or your partner come to the marriage with pre-selected names?

Yes. We were just dating and would talk about having a family, and we both (separately) loved the name Noah. I don't even think we even discussed boy names when we were pregnant the first time. It was a given his name was Noah!

3. Did you consider the sound of the first and middle and last names together? Did this make any sad eliminations?

Yes. the amount of syllables mattered and even though I thought Penelope Precourt was cute it might be too many "puhs".

4. Did you have veto powers?

Yes. I said hubby could name the baby as long as I liked it. : )

5. Did the baby naming cause arguments?

Only when naming Grayson. We didn't have his name until he was almost born. I really (and still do this day) like Tazo. It means THIRD SON! And he was our THIRD SON! We could call him Tay... yeah, so well. No one thought that was a sane idea. I stand by my suggestion.

6. Do you think it is easier to name boys or girls?

Neither! We had a hard time with both Grayson and Ivy.

7. Did you eliminate names because of people from your past or present who you don’t like or because a certain image comes to mind.

Not for me, but more for hubby. He could come up with a bad memory for just about every name I'd suggest. Hmmm....

8. Did you / would you survey your children to get their thoughts on the name?

I don't think so. I am pretty sure they had their own minds made up on the name. Gray was convinced Ivy's name was really Diego the whole time she was in my belly.

9. Did you tell people the name or possible names before the baby was born or were they “in the vault”?

We did with the first two and then when we struggled for the perfect name for Gray we were put off by the comments and opinions. So we zipped our lips until he was born. We planned to do the same for Ivy but after a while, we were SO CERTAIN that her name was HER and there was nothing that could change it, so if people didn't like it they would just have to DEAL.

10. Did you use baby name books?

Yes! Yet every single time we never chose a name from them. Noah we already had, Carter was because my friend Jenny had a friend named Carter and I liked his name, Grayson was thanks to my Aunt sending baby name lists while evacuated from Hurricane Rita, and Ivy was something put on our hearts, again separately.

Drumroll Please…What did you name your kids?

Noah Jeffrey (middle name is hubby's name)
Carter Wilson (middle name is my maiden name)
Grayson Roger (middle name is my father-in-law's name)
Ivy LaRue (middle name is explained, in part, HERE)

I want to tag people to play along but I am about to take lay my head down right here and go to sleep except I need to take care of my small children so if you want to play along, be sure to let me know so I can see.

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  1. Ooooh, what a fun day to stop by your blog! I'm going to play this later tonight!!

    I love all your kids names :)

  2. I needed an idea for a post! This is perfect, except I don't use my kids' real names. :( I'll post it soon. Feel better!

  3. What a fun meme; I always wonder how people pick names =) It was really tough for us lol.

  4. Steph, we started a monthly carnival at Grown in My Heart and my readers voted on this (names) for the next carnival. Make sure you link up (i'll send it) when it goes live next week. :)

  5. I played! :)

  6. I love all of your children's names! So much so, that Graycen (for a girl) has been a top contender for Aaron and me since we were dating. Hopefully when that day arrives, you are flattered. ;)

  7. Baby naming in our house was like a war. Loving the (oldschoolblogging)

  8. I played too!

  9. I miss old school blogging. I miss is deeply. The community seems to have been changing a lot in the past year.

    Which every community does - life morphs and changes - but I don't want to let go of the oldschoolblogging community quite yet.


  10. Okay - mine is up.

    I wanted to make a few comments on your answers, too :)

    I LOVE Pelope Precourt... DARLING... of course, I think Ivy is an Ivy, though.

    Tazo is very unique. I like the way your mind works :) Coming from someone who named their son Dash.

    I am wondering if that whole "bad name association" thing was our husband's best way of shooting down a name? ;) If they just said they didn't like it, we'd probably find a way around that opinion of theirs.

    I hope you get to feeling better soon.


  11. Your kids have lovely names! I'm really fond of Ivy.

    I'm pondering rolling along with this, but in any case, it was so fun to read.

  12. How awesome, so we can tag you with a meme if I feel it is interesting enough.

  13. I love your names.

    And you groan very politely. ehhhh,
    I do more of a Uuughaaarrrghumf.

  14. i love your kid's names. =)

    and i love the name penelope...though penelope palm is probably a bit much, too. ; )

  15. Love your kids names - I will play ... hopefully tomorrow!

  16. My husband was the master of shooting down baby names due to prior (mis)association. It was like Six Degrees of Separation: Worst Case Scenario.

    But in the end, we love our babies names: Olivia Abigail, Jack Curtis, Henry Benjamin, and Elliott Samuel.
    They're a mix of old-fashioned, family, Bible-ish names, that work well for babies, kids and adults.

    And I love how you got LaRue. So sweet and thoughtful!

  17. I hope you feel better soon. My allergies are kicking my butt!

    I participated in the meme and here is the link:

    I love learning how people pick out names!

  18. This was fun to read! BTW I love all of your kids' names. Grayson was one that we considered if we were having a boy. I decided to play along.

  19. I joined in - here's my post!

  20. Neat - I always wondered if there was a story behind LaRue.

    Elizabeth is my middle name, and my mom's middle name. We always thought we'd name a girl Elizabeth. But the story behind Elizabeth's middle name is on our blog.

  21. I've always felt that - with girl names - you want one that stands the test of time, from infancy to adulthood... but with boy names, you strive to select one that won't get him beat up in high school. I'm just saying...

  22. Do you have enough ads on your blog yet?

  23. Thanks for linking up Steph! So glad you remembered!

  24. So I finally did this, it has been sitting in my drafts forever!


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