**Baby Stuff Mentioned**
So it is time to start thinking of names. For the babies that is. Which is a bittersweet exercise because I have already gone through this process before. But ok, lets not dwell on that.
Despite several helpful suggestions from Julie, I have not taken to the names of Malcolm XX and Malcolm XY and other equally useful suggestions. Look, what else can you expect from someone who is naming her child Batman, whether it’s a girl or boy.
Now I am a firm believer in ‘each to their own’, do what makes you happy, but I can’t do the whole cutesy rhyming / same letter names for twins. Bobbi and Boston. Allan and Alanna. Kyle and Kail. It just doesn’t do it for me. Plus I don’t go for spelling seemingly ordinary names in unusual ways by adding lots of ‘y’s or whatever. Brytannyy. Etc.
I am also not into fashionable names like Madison or Sky or Cloud / Cumulonimbus or whatever. DH and I are simple, plain people.
Or how about naming your child after the place he/she was conceived? Not going to work because ‘Newlands Surgical Clinic’ just doesn’t have a nice ring to it. And what will I call the other one? Newlands Surgical Clinic II?
Here in SA, some people do a terribly naff thing (you Americans don’t use the word naff, but it is a great word to use, it means ‘unfashionable, outmoded, vulgar, socially inept, worthless or faulty’, a fantastic word, one of my favourites, it’s a British thing), any way, back to the point. Here in SA, a few people combine the parents’ name in some convoluted way to make up a new name for their child. Even if I was so stupid as to do this, I don’t think a combination of Tertia and Marko is going to work. Terko? Markia? Termarko? Sounds like Tomato.
I think we have chosen the names we like. I say ‘think’ because I told Marko that we need to start thinking of names and I had two I liked, but he could / should suggest a few he liked. So he suggested a few to which I responded: too naff, too common, revolting, stupid, no ways, you must be joking, no. I then told him my names and asked what he thought. His reply was “why are you asking me when you have made up your mind already”. Which was a bit rude if you ask me, I am allowing him to participate, if he hated the names I would pick another.
Interestingly enough, having second names is not that popular here in SA. Neither Marko nor I have second names, so neither will our children. Second names are odd to me, it’s like why bother? It’s not as if you are going to use the second name. What’s its purpose? A back up? A spare name in case you lose the first one? But I do know that it’s the done thing in the US. So not knocking it, just not into it.
So I think we have chosen our names, simple plain names, because that’s how we are. I don’t think I am going to say them out loud yet, you know, that jinx thing that hangs over my head. If Thursday’s appointment goes well then I might say them out loud.