Oh, such an important task to name another human before meeting him or her! I think some of you don't believe that we still haven't decided on names, but it's painfully true. We started going through the book of 60,000 names and now I understand why Peekaboo Street's parents let her choose her own name!
I am drawn to old-fashioned names. I want something unique, but not weird. Jake is drawn to tom-boy names for girls and Harry Potter names for boys (he denies this and in fact never read the books, but with Neville and Percy on his list... it just seems too coincidental).
Every once and awhile, one of us (usually Jake) comes up with a name that we both LOVE. Every single time after our initial excitement and relief wears off, we realize that it's an "er" name. As in "Jasper" (JaspER KoskER... a little much???). Ahhh, I love that name SO much! Plus, it's one of the most common minerals in Oregon. I'd love to have an Oregon connection to the name. Which brings me to another quandary. The only girl name that we've been able to connect to Oregon is "Hazel". Hazelnuts (also known as Filberts) are everywhere in Oregon and probably the state nut (I don't feel like researching this, I just think it is). However, when there is a 99% chance that the girl will have blond hair and blue eyes, can you name her Hazel?
We have less than 50 days to figure this out. If we don't, I'll just revert back to my initial idea: name our kids after the characters in The Sound of Music! BRILLIANT, eh?