Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Back to normal...

…As soon as we can work out what normality is in the first place. Mrs T’s “three days of no nausea” were just that: three days. Sunday evening she felt horrible again, and was extra miserable because she’d thought she was over this part. She still wasn’t too good last night.

We have started tossing names back and forth in an attempt to see if there’s any common ground. I can see it’s going to be quite a task. I grew up with a name that’s not exactly unusual, but isn’t common either. I was always the only in my class at school (probably the only one in my school, in fact), and have almost always been the only one anywhere else. I remember way back in primary school realising that when the teacher said “John” or “Matthew” or the like, two or three kids had to look up and see if she meant them. And even back then I thought, “poor kids, fancy having to share a name”.

I printed the lists of the top 100 babies’ names in the UK from the Office of National Statistics (boys and girls) and the two of us privately went through the 2005 list and crossed out those we wouldn’t fancy, then compared lists. There were a fair few we both left in, but the closer to the top of the list you get the more likely your are to be sharing a name with your peers, and I just wouldn’t want that. Mrs T’s favourites are much more clustered near the top.

The discussions will continue. For the next few months, no doubt.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

You and the Mrs. are more organized than me and J. We are currently in debate mode over what name to pick. I have my favorite and he has his. It's a constant struggle, we're both to stubborn to give up.

I'm with you though, the less "popular" the better. Hence my reasons for not wanting to name her Emily (top name in the US) which is J's pick....

Hope the nausea lifts soon.

Treggles said...

Emily's been in the top two for the last five years here. We're still looking at both sexes...

delphi said...

We are trying for traditional, not stodgy, but not too common. Ha ha ha ha ha!

Jill said...

Ah names... I had not personally heard of any kids called Ellie either in England or Australia and thought it was both traditional and uncommon. Twit. Check out the list since 2000!

And, in 2003, her kindy class of 5 children contained 3 Ellies and two Olivias.

Good luck:)