Hi, my (internet) name is Manday, and I am a nameaholic. That's right. I am addicted to baby names. I have been obsessed with names for as long as I can remember. I have fond memories of discussing them as kids. I discussed them with my husband well before we were married. We had our son's name picked out for years before we were married. Then, married and in graduate school, but still not ready to try for a kid, I spent my "down" time in class compiling lists of potential names, from the common to the outlandish. Finally, when I was finishing up graduate school, it was time to start trying for our own baby to name. We struggled for two and a half long years. In those years we occasionally discussed names, but it was a painful topic that got less and less attention as the months went by. I finally got pregnant in 2011, and suddenly it was very real. Baby name conversations not just about theoretical children, but about a very real child that was on their way into the world.
Now, I have 10 month old son, and we are trying for number two, and I find myself totally obsessed. We originally wanted four children. Now, we are more in the "lets see what happens" camp - not because we don't want four anymore, but because with how hard it was getting one, we don't know what will happen. We could spend the rest of our childbearing years trying for another and not end up with a second baby, or we could end up with more than intended due to natural conceptions combined with fertility treatment. Who knows? And while how many children we end up with matters a great deal for our lives, I don't think it matters one bit in terms of this name obsession. I could birth and name ten children, and I would still have an eleventh idea of what we should name the next. Lately I have been reading a lot of Baby Naming Blogs, just for kicks. And the more I read, the more I think - Hey, I could do this, and it would be fun!
So I am giving it a go. I have loads of ideas for posts, we will see what actually pans out! Who knows if I will have any readers, but even if I don't, at least I will have a whole blog worth of brainstorming!