Jul 17 2010

I’m having a daughter!

Official announcement was on my main blog. You read that too, right?

I am still processing this. I am so used to being a boy-mama that I just sorta felt like this could be another boy! I mean, I felt pretty much the same as I did before, but I guess that doesn’t mean much. However, the old wives’ tale about boys giving their moms beauty and the girls taking it for themselves is holding true for me.

My skin was pretty clear and my hair cooperated with me when Johnny was aboard the mothership. Baby Girl’s voyage is giving me icky breakouts and hair that I want to hide under a helmet. Sheesh.

The ultrasound today went well. She was frank breech at first (butt down, feet straight up) and that meant we couldn’t see her girl parts. But eventually she shifted to more of a sidelying position and we caught a glimpse. I was worried we wouldn’t be able to find out!

Of course, they don’t do the ultrasound to find out if it’s a boy or girl–they’re looking at her body parts to make sure they are developing as they should. And everything looks great!

We have a short video of her just sorta hanging out. Her limbs move a little. It’s sorta hard to see what’s going on.

When the tech announced, “It’s a girl!” Johnny started fussing. His timing was so funny! He definitely doesn’t know what that means, or that there’s a baby even coming. He just wanted to get off of Shane’s lap or something. Silly goose.

As far as names go, we have no idea. I don’t like to think of names before we know if it’s a boy or girl, because I don’t want to have a name in mind that goes unused. That’s sad.

So…suggestions are welcome!

Here’s the criteria I spelled out when we were choosing our son’s name.

We chose Jonathan Michael for our son — “Jonathan” is pretty high on the popularity list (was #26 in the year he was born) and I think we’ll go for something a little less so for her. I think. “Michael” is also Shane’s middle name, so there ya go. Jonathan means “gift of God” and I love that!

We like classic, traditional, old-fashioned, perhaps slightly uncommon names. I want her name to be distinctly feminine. Easy-to-spell is a bonus, but truly people can misspell any name. I’ve seen Jonathan’s name spelled Jonathon and Johnathan, for instance.

The name shouldn’t end with an “a” or an “-ah” sound because all of the ones I know of that do would sound superdumb with our last name. Starting with an “A” is probably also not a great choice. I think a name with a hard consonant sound at the end would be great, but I think an “M” at the end might also sound at least semi-dumb.

And, we don’t want it to sound too close to our names.

I’m picky, I know. This isn’t going to be easy.

8 Responses to “I’m having a daughter!”

  1. Congrats!

    And I totally get what you’re saying about girls stealing the beauty. My first was a girl and I broke out so much… way worse than I ever did, even in high school. And my hair? Ugh. It was super greasy and just hung there looking icky.

    My second was a boy and I looked pretty darn good. No bad skin or hair issues. Oh, and I didn’t get any where near as sick as I did with my daughter.

    Anyway, how about Emily?

  2. How exciting! Eeeee! I always thought that Moms that had children of both sexes were more well rounded 😉

    Good luck picking out names. We were able to pick out our boy name right away, but the girl name took time.

    We still don’t know what we’re having, though my skin and hair have looked pretty good this pregnancy, so maybe it’s a boy? We’ll find out in a few weeks at any rate.

  3. I’ve had really clear skin through my pregnancy, which goes with just about *everyone’s* prediction that I’m having a boy. Only about a month until we find out!

    Our girl name is Esther (our boy name is Jude and we’ll keep whichever one we don’t use for baby #2). I think Esther fits your criteria :)

  4. Congrats on a girl! I’m no help on the names – we had enough trouble with our own. And I’ll be interested to see if my icky skin is being caused by a baby girl…

  5. We kind-of decided on a girl’s name this weekend, and the boys list is moderately short but still being brainstormed. Based on the “girls steal your beauty” old wives’ tale, I’m having a boy. I guess we’ll find out relatively soon (probably mid-August)!

    Congrats on your Girl news!

  6. Okay, so I’ll work on some new suggestions that don’t start with “A”. But I still think Alice is nice :-) What about Charlotte?

    But please, please do not use “Emily!” I speak from personal experience. It’s been on the top 10 list nearly every year for like, forever, and I’ve always been one of at least 2 or 3 or (4!) Emilys in my classes. It’s obnoxious when you have to be called by Emily (insert last initial here).

  7. How about Adeline? It is our daughter’s middle name (Lily Adeline).

  8. Opps, I forgot the no A part… how about Madeline then?

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