Why naming my baby was so hard

I had a hard time naming Sawyer. Although I do like to retain an air of mystery by not sharing a baby’s name until he is born, this time, I was not playing coy: I didn’t know either.

Rookie Dad Alec and I started off with no ideas at all. When I asked if people thought it was ok to “steal” a baby name from a friend, you all weighed in. We ended up with lot of opinions on my original question, but also a new list of 86 more boy names. Yes EIGHTY SIX MORE BOY NAMES!

I created a google doc of “names we don’t hate” and by the time I was eight months pregnant, we had narrowed it down to eleven names with two front-runners. Unfortunately we hadn’t decided when baby brother joined our family a few weeks early.

In the hospital, we alternated calling him each of the two favored names. Our families were restless and inquisitive. We flipped a coin.*

* We didn’t really flip a coin. We chose Sawyer because it is literary (Mark Twain), ends with R, has a rugged meaning, was a television character (yes, LOST!), and has a slight association with Australia. And also because I had just seen this article predicting that my existing sons’ names were about to explode with popularity so I stopped trying so hard to be clever.

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RookieMoms co-founder & mom to 3 boys in Berkeley, CA. Bossy big sister and project manager turned blogger helping moms enjoy their first years of motherhood. Find me on my other site on 510families.com or hiding in my minivan eating dark chocolate.

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