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The tagline of our blog reads: A stubborn atheist and a universe-fearing agnostic contemplate the miracle of birth. Remember when our blog was about TTC and inane baby news? Yeah, neither do we. Let’s look back…

Baby! (istockphoto)

July – September: This blog was dedicated to our naive ramblings about TTC and skeptical and horrified grumblings regarding baby-making and pregnancy secrets. Remember when I learned that aromatherapy candles and making out in an exotic locale could get a lady pregnant? Do you recall when Patrick shared a deliciously-named pregnancy side-effect called cheeseburger crotch? I look back to those months fondly. Mostly because they were warm summer months…

October: We took a break from TTC and so did our blog. We learned that we could increase our readership stats by talking about pumpkin carving, scary movies, Ron Ben-Israel from Sweet Genius, and more pumpkin carving! But we did enjoy taking a break from thinking about babies. OK, we were thinking and talking about babies and TTC quite a lot. We even revisited our baby names a couple of times! But we weren’t writing about babies. That is something!

November (Snowvember here in Western Mass): Our first post of the month is about how flipping cold it is without power. Power was restored Tuesday night at 8:30 PM (Hurray!). So where do we go from here? We are taking another month off from TTC. I am participating in NaNoWriMo this month. Patrick is participating in No Shave November (I signed him up. Hope he’s excited!). I think it is time to bring the TTC/baby-talk back. But I think we’ll mix in a little every day happenings (like NaNoWriMo and No Shave progress) too for a good, honest, and well-balanced blog.

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What does Lulu's name say about us?

What you name your baby says more about you than your baby, according to this post on Parents.com. This should go without saying. Unless you’re planning on naming your baby “Baby,” “7 pounds, 11 ounces,” or “Nipple-Clencher”, then I doubt your baby’s name will actually provide much insight into its personality.

For the busy reader, I’ll paraphrase their findings for you:

1. If your child has an unusual name, you crave the spotlight. Examples: Pilot Inspektor, Kal-El.

Because the best way to get the rest of the world to pay attention to you is to make everyone think you’re an asshole.

2. If your child has an old-fashioned name, you’re on the conservative side. Examples: Agnes, Homer.

So expect a run on old-fashioned names like Rush, Mitt, and Dubya in the near future.

3. If you choose a creative spelling, you dare to be different. Examples: Ryder, Rocko.

Or you’re illiterate.

4. If you choose a family name, you’re sentimental.

Or possibly just vain.

5. A pop culture name means you’re looking for a confidence boost. Examples: Monroe, Lennon.

Because nothing raises one’s confidence like raising the bar of expectations for your child.

6. If you go with a unisex name, you focus on success. Examples: Kelley, Mason.

Or perhaps you were given unisex hand-me-downs.

7. If you name your child after a destination, you’re adventurous. Examples: Memphis, Brooklyn.

Unless you actually live in Brooklyn. Then it simply means you’re lazy.

So what do you think, readers? Does a baby name say more about its parents than the baby? And if so, what does it have to say?

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It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Lulu in a tissue paper cape!

In an effort to stay on the we-want-a-baby track, I am ignoring the slightly horrific underbelly truths of pregnancy. (Side note: Is the “miracle of birth” that something so beautiful emerges from these horrors?) Instead, I am focusing on inane baby stories, of which, luckily for you the reader and me the blogger, there are plenty.

A bit of a kerfuffle surrounds New Zealand in the inane baby news world. And, let’s be honest, it takes quite a bit of fuss to get New Zealand in the news at all on this side of the Pacific pond! It appears, if we are to believe Canadian internet news, that the powers that be southeast of the Down Under are just saying no to idiotic baby names—my words, their thoughts.

In fact, 102 “creative” names have already been banned. My favorites on the “not in this country” list include: Lucifer (Lulu for short?), General, 4Real (but Superman is OK), Adolf Hitler, and Mr.

New Zealand has not been always been intolerant of the wishes of idiotic, I mean creative, parents in the past. Some of the winning New Zealand baby names that did make it onto the birth certificate are: Benson and Hedges for twin boys (Who, if they live up to their names, will grace the world with second-hand smoke. How cute!); Violence; and Number 16 Bus Shelter (I’m guessing that is where they did the deed). Stay classy, New Zealand!

Speaking of class, New Zealand has also banned names that could be confused with titles, so no more: Queen, King, Duke, Baron, Bishop, or Knight to name a few. I imagine New Zealand wants to avoid a situation like this…

A loving father holds his baby girl in a coffee shop. He waits in line to order a decaf venti mocha latte for his balding milk machine, I mean, wife. A woman approaches the coffee queue and coos, “Oh what an adorable baby! What is her name?” Lovingly, the father responds, “This little precious is Queen.” The woman blushes, stutters, and manages to say, “Excuse me, sir, and your majesty. I apologize! I just didn’t know,” as she curtseys and knocks over a coffee that a work-from-coffee-shop type has just ordered.

This easily avoided tragedy could still happen here in the States! I, for one, will be taking my work to coffee shops in New Zealand from now on.

So what is your take? Should some baby names be banned here in the States? Have any of you heard some funny, awful, or shocking names? Should we send celebrities to New Zealand when they are expecting?

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Lulu Investigates!

We’ve been discussing baby names long before we ever planned on having a baby. It’s no surprise – after all, naming things is one of our favorite games. We have nicknames for each other (Dinks and Muttonchop), nicknames for our cars (Mr. Beeps and Ru), and even nicknames for our laptops (Lucille and Bertie). So, for months now, we’ve also had our favorite baby names, a top pick for a boy and a girl, middle names included.

But we’ve been thinking a lot about baby names recently. In a world where there are literally thousands of names to choose from – or names to invent – or even names we could lease out to companies – how do you know that you’ve chosen the right name for your baby?

This hit home the other day when we were Tweeting with a TTC mom. She, too, is just  starting to think about expanding her family of two. She mentioned that she had a spreadsheet of baby names. We panicked. Crap! Why didn’t we think of that?

So, the next day, we logged into one of the billion baby-naming websites out there and started making our list. After a full day, we were finished! The list was color-coded by gender, included meanings and origins, and a check box for first or middle name consideration.

After dinner, we went through the list. We graded the names. D’s and F’s were immediately deleted. C’s were relegated to the remainders bin. B’s were discussed, then sent to the chopping block. We narrowed the list further, picking only the creme de la creme from the A list. (After all, why would our baby possess a name we didn’t think was A+ material?) From there, we chose our semi-finalists. At long last, our finalists emerged from this brutal baby-naming Hunger Games.

And wouldn’t you know it, the winners were our original girl and boy names. After a long and painstaking process, heated discussions over the merits of names from Homer (classic Greek poet or modern animated doofus?) to Catherine (great or not so great?), we ended up back at the same place as where we had started.

So, what’s the lesson here? When it comes to choosing your baby’s name, go with your first instinct, and ignore all the other buzzing voices of doubt in your head.

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Baby Girl Lulu Freeman

Like lots of hopeful parents-to-be, we want to get a lot of mileage out of a single name. I used to wonder why so much thought went into choosing a baby name. Suddenly, my flip initial impression to baby naming, “Just pick something meaningful,” is biting me in the butt.

What is meaningful? Family names–meaningful to family members. Classic names–meaningful and accepted by many. Unique names–meaningful simply because they are unique.

Patrick and I agree on a few strong, classic names. We want a name that will fit in any situation or potential career choice, but we don’t want anything boring or overused.

We do have two top-choice names that are a bit…unique. We love that they aren’t your run-of-the-mill names, but with our common (boring!) last name, can we pull it off? Will future dumpling like our choice?

Also, what is with my sudden desire to be secretive about name choices? I suddenly feel as though the moment I let a top choice be known all the women about to give birth will snatch up my (obviously) *brilliant* idea. Haha! I can laugh about it, but I’m not telling. 😐

Did I really just write a baby name blog with no baby names in it? Yeah, that just happened.

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