That puts me in the mood to discuss baby names, as if I'm ever OUT of that mood. I've had a question sitting in my inbox 4EVA, and this seems like a good time to dust it off. Shelly Overlook asks:
How about asking if anyone regrets what name they chose? While I don't exactly regret our choice, I wouldn't choose it again and there may be a tiny part of me that wishes we'd gone with MY first choice (rather than his). I'm curious if anyone else feels the same.GREAT QUESTION. I've had some regrets about our secondborn's name. It isn't actually the name William, as you know, but it's a name that's roughly as common. We chose it KNOWING it was common: not only did I consult my dear friend The Social Security Administration (where I found that the name was significantly more common in our state than it was nationally), but when I was in my third trimester I ran into two newborn "Williams" on the same day: one at the pediatrician's office and one at the portrait studio. I went home in a panic saying to Paul that we MUST START ALL OVER, and he said, "Sorry, too late: that's his name." I was relieved, because that's how I felt, too.
So we went into it with eyes wide open, and we love the name, and it does suit him. But...gosh. When I enrolled him in first grade, the registrar said, "Oh, we've got a LOT of those!" That's...not a happy thing to hear. I find that his is the only name I don't practically shout out when someone asks my kids' names. I feel like people are thinking, "Oh. Yes. THAT name again." All the other kids have names that have been a "happy balance": common enough to be familiar, uncommon enough that nobody's had a duplicate in class or in our social/family circle.
So now Shelly and I are very eager to hear: Do you have any regrets about your kids' names? Did you go too common? too unusual? Did you give in to a spouse and now wish you'd held your ground? And don't tease me, goldangit: if you can't reveal the names in the comment section for anonymity reasons, email me at swistle at gmail dot com and tell me what they are! I demand it! ...Fine, you don't HAVE to. But I will be dying of curiosity. DYING.