Deciding what to call our new little person was surprisingly difficult. Ridiculously difficult when you consider that her name turned out to be something Rob and I thought of years ago, sitting in a movie theater when we were barely a couple. I really thought our front-runner girl's name might change and evolve through three pregnancies, but it didn't. We just hung onto it until we needed it.
Even with a top choice already in place, names remained a frequent topic of discussion—especially before we knew for sure that this baby is a girl. Rob and I settled on a boy's name (first and middle) relatively quickly. Much like Westley, the second name we came up with was the one we both loved. Girls' names were tougher, because there are just so many that I adore and would seriously consider bestowing on a child.
Westley also played a small part in the naming process. At first, he suggested names from favorite books and movies. Then he switched gears, and became adamant that the name not be "already taken."
Without further ado, here are our shortlisted baby names. I'm more than a little sad to see them go. I would have 20 children, just so I could name them all.
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