• Parenting

    How to Pick a Girl Name for Your Baby

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    I have three girls. Picking a girl name for each one of them was H-E-L-L. It wasn’t me. It was my husband.

    He was such a pain in the you know what about picking a name for EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. He’s such a likable guy so it’s hard to believe he could hate so many people.

    Here’s how I went about compiling the name lists. (Yes, I pretty much had to compile a completely new list for each one because somehow the names leftover from previous namings were axed by the hubs.)

    5 ways to choose girl names for a baby

    1. Names I Saw

    I started watching the credits of shows + movies to find girl names. I would jot down any names I thought were possibilities. If I was watching a show + found a name I liked it went on the list.

    Pretty much any source around town or on the TV was game as a source of baby girl names.

    2. Baby Name Books

    I scoured through those big books of baby names that are alphabetized from A to Z. While there are some quite unusual names — too unusual for me — I did find gobs of possibilities.

    3. Online Girl Names

    In addition to the print book versions of girl names, there are also tons of online girl name lists. These were also fair game in my hunt to name each one of my girls.

    4. Family Names

    We walked through our family trees. What was your grandmother’s name? How about your favorite aunt? What about your great grandmother?

    While we were not necessarily trying to name any of them after someone, shaking the branches of the family tree can turn up at least one or two girl names.

    5. Books

    I’m an avid fiction book reader. As part of a Mom’s Book Club, I read at least one book a month now. Before kids, I read a LOT more. When I was reading + came across a girl name that I liked, it went on the list too.

    Similar to TV, anything in print that I liked was game. I actually had at least three names that were all literary driven.

    Once I had my big list of girl names down, I went through them one by one with my husband. He said yes, no or maybe to each one. Then, we narrowed it down + narrowed it down until we finally agreed on a name.

    The first baby girl was the easiest (although it took him about 5 months to commit to a name). The second baby girl was a little harder + longer than the first. The third was the hardest + we practically didn’t have her named until she came out.

    For some moms, you can wait or have to wait until you’re looking your baby girl in the face. That’s not me.

    I needed to know their sex + I needed to know their names ASAP.

    What did I end up naming my three girls, you ask?

    • First: Katherine Riley (We call her Kate). She is named after my favorite Aunt Katherine (who goes by Kay). Riley was a first name option + we were between Katherine + Riley so we combined our first two first name options.
    • Second: Audrey Grace (After Audrey Hepburn, of course).
    • Third: Emmy Anne (My girls have an aide at preschool who’s named Emmy + we liked the name. We also like her. Anne is after my mom, my sister-in-law + my mother-in-law’s middle names, but we added an E to be a little different. They are all Ann.)

    How did you pick your girl names (or boy names)? What did you name your kiddos?

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  • Daily Life,  Parenting

    2019 Mom Goal

    I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. And I’m definitely not one for picking a “word” for the year.

    I’ve had business goals since I went full-time as a writer in 2008 but this year I’m setting a Mom Goal.

    Mom Goal

    In 2019, the one thing I’m going to focus on perfecting is being present.

    When I say be present, I mean to be more present with my children.

    To put down my phone more.

    To close my laptop.

    To ignore the dishes, vacuuming, or picking up.

    To just be.

    To read more with them. To answer more of their questions. To just sit with them, cuddle with them, and snuggle with them.

    The Days Are Long

    You’ve probably heard the saying that the days are long but the years are short.

    I’m feeling the effects of that more and more these days. Maybe it’s because my youngest is turning one in February.

    Maybe it’s because I know she is my last baby and time has flown by. Maybe it’s because my oldest went off to Kindergarten this year or my middle daughter only has one year of preschool after this one before she heads to Kindergarten.

    I’m starting to realize they won’t be little forever so the dishes, laundry, and whatever else can wait.

    For now, I’m just going to be…here. With. Them.

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