Well in the interests of paying service to typical practice of using different names for different sexes; we need two.
Sounds easy. Think of a name you like, give it to a baby.
What's not easy is when you start to think about this name representing your child. What it's going to say about your child. What kind of person goes by this name? How will this name introduce this baby as a baby, then a child, then an adult?
Doesn't sound so easy now.
What kind of names do I like? What do I want this name to be? Well... I want this name to be unique, thoughtful, intelligent, phonetically pleasing, aimiable, memorable, classic, in a way rommantic and simultaneously a little bit grand but also humble.
Now this is sounding hard.
In a way this name is the way I first state for my child my hopes and dreams for them. Perhaps I imagine if I can achieve the perfect name selection then good things follow a little more easily for them? Perhaps I imagine if I chose the wrong name good things will not follow?
Then on top of all the above I want love this name.
Now it's sounding impossible. Equally I don't intend to name this baby after my favourite biscuit, so how wrong can I go?
People say we'll know. They said we'd know last time, we didn't. Good news was those new baby happy hormones mean you make it work. Like so many things with babies I need to add it to the "Just Gotta Believe It'll Be Fine" list. And if it isn't... Well then we make stories. Back to the books...
What's on your list of naming criteria? What's in a name for you?
A last few holiday snaps...
Another self-timer family portrait... :D