Sunday, October 9, 2011

And her name is...

As soon as we found out we were expecting, I immediately started thinking about names.  Of course at that point we did not know if we were having a boy or a girl so I was thinking about names for both. I would tell Ben the names, and he would give a thumbs up or a thumbs down but I think it was hard for him to really get into it without knowing the gender.  I, however,  was all about finding a great name.

I had no problem coming up with great boy names. I've had one name I've loved for years for a little boy, but a girl name I was coming up short. I really wanted her to have a family name, and while Ben liked the idea of a family name, but it was not a must for him. I was named after both of my grandmothers;  first name after my dad's mom, and middle name after my mom's mom. I may not have always loved my actual name, but I LOVED the heritage and ties that it held.  I wanted this for my daughter.

I made lists of all the family names on both sides, and was not impressed with the girl names we had to choose from.  I mean, some weren't so bad, but I just wasn't inspired.

So after six and half months of countless texts with friends and family members,  trolling baby name books, and so many lengthy conversations, we have chosen, what we think, to be the perfect name for our baby:

Mary Hayes

Mary comes from Ben's side.  Both of his grandmothers, his great grandmother, his aunt, and his sister are all Mary or Mary SomethingSo this seemed like a great choice.

Hayes is my mother's maiden name.  I had thought previously that I would save this name for a little boy one day, but after much discussion we decided it was a good girl name too.  

We will call her by her whole name, Mary Hayes.  I am so excited to finally have this decided.  Now I can stop calling her "baby girl" - I'm sure she appreciates it :)  And most importantly, I can start having things monogrammed - no southern girl should be born without a closet full of monogrammed clothing!