Written sometime earlier in the week:
So, the pregnancy is still going smoothly, blah blah, with a Level II ultrasound scheduled for Friday. (This is not one of those fancy, 3D, set-to-music type affairs; it’s just a longer, more detailed ultrasound than what I can get in the regular-doctor’s office. I qualify because I have an ancient, long-extinct history of kidney infection – back in 1996, and no recurrences since – and back problems, and a conservative OB-GYN.)
We’re sticking with the plan from before: I’ll be watching through the whole scan, but I’ll ask them not to tell me their official determination of gender, assuming they can make one. Which means I’ll get a glimpse and likely end up with a strong suspicion one way or the other, but I won’t know for sure until we’re in the delivery room.
Which, in turn, means we need to come up with names for both genders.
We’re all set on a girl’s name, no problems there. I’m not posting it just yet only because I don’t want to influence the responses to this post, but I’ll share it relatively soon. But a boy’s name… we’re still floundering a bit on that one.
It’s a tough call, because the outcome has to follow several rules:
- It needs to fit well with the other kids’ names. Emily and Jacob happen to be wildly overpopular among their birth year, which was not at all intentional, and the overall ranking of this kid’s name doesn’t matter a bit to me. But it does need to be somewhat old-fashioned, and something that lends itself to a nickname but which we can use the full version of, too. (Emily now regularly goes by Em, and sometimes Mimi… Jacob is still Jacob 99% of the time, but my mother has taken to calling him Jake. I’ve always, always been Kate, to the point that it seems kind of pointless to have a different given name, Katherine. And Willem is Willem, not ever Will or Bill or Billy or… you get the idea.)
- We would prefer that it have its own initial, since the rest of us don’t have any overlaps among first names. So W, K, E and J names are out.
- The middle name will be Norman. So it needs to flow well with that, and by and large that means that names ending in “n” are off the list.
- Our last name starts with W. Names ending in a soft vowel sound or “w” are no good with it, they flow too easily, turning it into a single word.
See what I mean? Rules.
And if you’re someone who likes to play for the bonus round, we have noticed some things about our previous kids’ names:
- Both have five letters.
- There are no repeated letters within their names.
- There are no overlaps between the two names.
So, the challenge is – and we’re kidding here, but still it’s a fun game to play – is to come up with a five-letter name that does not contain any of the letters E-M-I-L-Y-J-A-C-O-B.
Or, for the goofier bonus round version:
- Both kids have five letters each in their first and middle names: Emily Sarah and Jacob David.
- We need two five-letter names or words to apply to our next child.
Willem’s favorites, so far, are Radio Shack and Oscar Mayer. Emily likes Magic Rocks. I’m partial to Froot Loops.
So, come on, you members of the audience, play along! What should we name our son? Honest, goes-with-Norman suggestions will be accepted, as well as submissions to the Bonus Rounds. If we end up choosing your name – or just pretending that we came up with it ourselves, in the case of the Bonus Rounds – then I’ll knit you something. (Note: we do have a leading contender in mind, and a short list of possibilities, but I’ll hang onto those until we gather a few new ideas.)
Written Friday afternoon:
Mission accomplished. The ultrasound was very smooth and successful, all of the measurements were spot-on (perhaps even a few days older than the kid should actually be), no issues or problems or concerns. I’ll have to go back for two subsequent ultrasounds, one in three weeks because there was one head angle they couldn’t quite see, and another in about 9-10 weeks to see if the placenta is still lying lower than they’d like.
I think it’s a boy. I’m not 100% certain, or even 90%, because I know I saw… something, right when she said that this was the genital shot, but I could also be convinced that it’s a girl and the angle was just comparatively steep or something. Still. I’d consider it a 75/25 push toward boy now, which only makes it that much more necessary that we figure out a name…