Lots of people have been asking us about names, and I never have a good answer. I'm also quickly realizing that it's scary to tell people baby names that you like, since they seem to have absolutely no fear about telling you they hate a name that you like. Seriously. Then you have to think, "Well, what if I end up naming the baby that name? Then I'll always know that this person who is important to me thinks it's a dumb name..." and that's not a nice thing.
Talking to Justin, we think we'll just have a top two or three names per gender, and then we'll make the last minute decision once the baby is born. Justin wants to know what happens if we disagree, but I promised that wouldn't happen. I told him I'd probably be so drugged up that if he picked "Sprinkle" as a name, I'd probably think it was awesome.
Then I talked to an attorney at work who has four kids, and him and his wife disagreed on a baby name for their son in the hospital, and he really didn't like the name that she picked. However, considering that she just spent the last 12 hours bringing that baby into the world (not to mention the nine months before), he let her win. And now he can't imagine that child being called anything else. I think our baby would be the same. Even if friends or family don't like the name that we pick in the end, they will still have to call the baby that, and they will get used to it.
So that being said, we have a few ideas for first names, but we are definitely not decided at all. We like Roxanne for a girl, as well as Josephine. We also like Elliot for a boy. Beyond that, we are still looking.
I made the mistake of buying a baby names book with 25,000 names in it. I knew I wanted one, and I was at Borders looking to get one in the $5 price range, of which there are many. So then I narrowed it down to the ones that were in the price range, had a cute cover, and had the most names in them, thinking that obviously, more names was a better buy. However, I'm realizing that this baby names book is awful, since it has way too many names (they have Shakira and Shaquira as two seperate entries. Wow.). The book is also seperated into boys and girls names, and I really like gender neutral names. Oh well. At least there are lots of options!