I normally try and write about the good side of having a large family. The fact that there’s always something to do, someone to talk to and a great mix of characters within one house. That’s all good.
However, there is a downside that became very apparent this week.
We have run out of baby names.
We are expecting twins, each of whom will need at least one name. We also give middle names. That means we need to find four names for each gender. We don’t know what sex the babies will be so we have to be prepared with names for each scenario. Eight names.
In this family we are heavy on the boys. There are seven boys, all with first and middle names. That is fourteen boys names already used up. Plus dad. Fifteen names (no middle name for him).
Choosing girls names isn’t a big problem. We are pretty much decided, I think, on what we would call one or both if they are girls. We are one middle name short but trying to think of one name isn’t too bad.
The boys names, though. Ugh, that is a whole other story. I am twenty six weeks into this pregnancy tomorrow and we are still no further along in picking a name.
It wouldn’t be so bad if it were one or two names we were struggling to find, but it is all four boys names that we need, and given that, after six boys in a row, I think it’s likely for the male chromosome to be present once (or in this case, twice) again, I feel the pressure is on.
The babies could be here within the next couple of months and they would be nameless. We would have to number them or something. And then everyone would accuse us of copying the Beckhams. I would not be happy about that.
We need help.
We need four boys names please. Traditional names. Nothing… um…”fashionable”. Just traditional. Like your grandad would have had.
And just to make it easier for you here are the names we already have for the boys in the family so far:
This doesn’t seem to leave us very much. Suggestions would be welcome and very much appreciated.