I remember the day I found out I was pregnant with my first. Looking back I was so excited and so scared that I actually took like five pregnancy tests before I told my husband. Still not sure why I was so afraid; we were married, had a house both of us were working. I guess it’s just the idea of a bringing and being responsible for another human that is terrifying. Of course, picking out the perfect baby name is no easy task either.
The Name Game
We didn’t have names picked out. Well, I say we. I always had an idea of what I wanted for either a boy or a girl. And the day we found out we were having a boy, we were over the moon. While we had agreed on a girls name before we learned the gender, it proved to be a little tougher coming up with a name for our precious boy.
I scoured books, articles, everything! Then one magical day, I came up with one that I just knew my husband would love. Grayson. Let’s say he didn’t love it as much as I thought he would. Actually, he hated it. And can I add that he was no help whatsoever in the naming department. I mean none, it was all joke. He would come with these ridiculous names that I couldn’t imagine anyone naming their child. Aren’t husbands great?
When You Know, You Know
But then, by some miracle or maybe me crying hysterically because our first born would never have a name. Inspiration struck. And he said, what if we named him after my Papa Jack? Who by the way, was a wonderful, wonderful man. So, of course, I said yes. But I wanted to make the name ours, so I countered with Jackson Gray. At that moment we both knew that was the name for our precious son. Now at the time, I didn’t think Jackson was that popular of a name, but as soon as he was born, it became clear it was prevalent. I mean, it’s fine. My name is Sarah, and I grew up in the late 80s, you couldn’t throw a stick without hitting another Sarah.
Plus, there were like a handful of songs out with Sarah or Sara in the title. My favorite, by the way, is “Sara Smile” by Hall and Oates. Good stuff.
Naming the Second Born
My pregnancy with my daughter wasn’t as easy but naming her was. Once we got through the scary part and found out she was a girl that is. Like I said before, we had a girls name picked out with the first pregnancy. Ava was always a named that I loved even when I was younger and my husband agreed. It just has this elegant quality about it and adding Grace to it was pure magic. However, my sweet girl will also go through life with a very popular name thanks to the Bachelor, I think? I can’t remember. After she was born, I got a text from a cousin asking if I named her after that show. I didn’t because I never watched it, but it’s quite the famous name. There is even a bottle of wine out called Ava Grace.
If you find yourself in the trenches of the baby name game, don’t stress and don’t worry about your babe sharing the same name with others in their class. They will make the name unique, trust me. And if you need a little inspiration, take a look and see if any of these babynames resonate with you.