The name game.

An important part of pregnancy and preparing for your baby is the choosing of the name. Zach and I don’t take this responsibility lightly. We haven’t chosen a name yet, but we have considered many possibilities. Zach’s little brother is convinced we have decided on a name and are just concealing it, but I can’t lie convincingly nor keep secrets. My mom had the same thought as Arna so this weekend she tried to trick me into revealing the name. Luckily, there was no name for me to keep secret or she would have gotten it out of me.

I think we can’t pick a name because we worry that we will set our hearts on one only to find out that it has become incredibly popular. In the years we were born our names – Meghan and Zachary – were at their peak popularity.  Going through years of school as one of several Megs and Zachs gave  us each the desire to come up with a more unique name for our firstborn. I also like the idea of family names. Zach likes a name that has an awesome nickname like Ace.

In order to find a name that meets all our needs we rely on a few websites. One favorite is The Baby Name Wizard. You can track the popularity of a name over time or search a map of the states to see where names are popular.

Another of Zach’s favorites is Name Berry. This is a typical site for searching names, but the site offers opinions on the names.

Another good one to search for popularity is the Social Security Administration’s baby names site.  The top names of 2009 came out about a month ago which did eliminate at least one name from our list (due to a meteoric rise in popularity).

My mom is now a little worried that we aren’t going to choose a name at all. Zach has a friend whose little brother wasn’t named until he was six weeks old. I assured her that we would have a name before we left the hospital. I don’t know if Zach’s mom is as worried, but she has done her part by suggesting a few names she likes. Her suggestions are just too good not to share.

The first email from Zach’s mom:

“What about Patrick  (Packy, Pat) , Conroy, Harlan,,Asa, Alban, Armand, Shane, Obdiah, Yogi, Damon, Ivan,  Carey, Murray, Wendell, Ike, Claude, Bartle, Armor, Waylon, Carman, Bennis, Garvey, Roman, *Chance, Sandford, Orson,  Arlis, Leon, Green (from Bob), Calvin, Pete, Purvis, Endeavor, Cornell, McKay, Rawlins…Finney, Erskin… Chinua, Ellison   Riley, Angelo, Borris, Alphonse,”

And the follow-up email:

…Anyhow,  what about Roscoe, Plato, Pascal, Leo, Mack (combo of Meghan and Zack), Zev (had a nice high school friend with this name), Cassin (my mom’s maiden name), Satchel, Chester, Paco, Franz, Judah, Maury, Mason, Hamlin, Ole, Julius, Everett, Walker, Keenon, Truman, Jonah, Guy, Evon, Blair, Bailey, Jackie, Bernie, Gunter, Juno, Kendall, Jupiter, Robeson, Houston, Cormac, Vidia, Graham.  Mooser (family name of my grandma), Anderson (family name of your grandma), Calvin (Myrle’s brother), Cornell, Fisher, Melvin and that’s it.  Leah  Oh I forgot Zane (as in Zane Grey)   Lars,  Dunbar, Ralph, …that’s really it… Mom.”

We do like some of her suggestions, but you have to wonder exactly what her inspiration was in coming up with some of the others.

So we do have a name list, which we add to and subtract from weekly, but I don’t know that  we will rush into our choice. We still have probably seven weeks or more left and I think we will be using all of our allotted time.

Maybe if we lived in one of these countries our choice would be easier because we would have more constraints to work within.

Thanks for bearing with us,

Meghan, Zach, and little Purvis Jupiter


Baby update.

I had a doctor’s appointment yesterday afternoon and baby and I are doing great! His little heart is beating strong and he gave the doctor a big kick right on the doppler monitor as she moved it over my stomach.

Not much else to report, but that is good. Next month I have the sugar test to look for gestational diabetes. After that I think we get into the every-two-week appointments so we are getting closer.

My doctor is not sure why my feet have started to swell so early. She said maybe because my body isn’t used to carrying around the extra weight. Whatever, doc, I get the message loud and clear:  Buy more shoes! So far I have found one really comfortable flats with squishy insoles, but I am going to need a cute pair of sandals with nice squishy insides too. High heels are out of the question. I wore some yesterday and ended up carrying them inside of wearing them home.

Last night the babe was moving around a lot and I could see my stomach jumping around. Zach tried out a list of names we like and he got a kick for one of the names. He was excited because it was one of the names he especially likes, but I said the baby could just as easily be telling us he was fine with all the other choices except that one. So no name yet, but we have some time to figure it out.

Quick weekend rundown.

The week is flying by and I haven’t had much time to put together a post, but I want to at least give an update before I get too far behind.


My parents came and we had a nice time even though there was 6 inches of snow on the ground the whole weekend. We picked out a crib after a day of looking, but before buying we decided to think it over and search the internet for any information about this crib we may have missed. Zach discovered the exact same crib we wanted was available at an overstock store for $200 cheaper so we made a plan to get it during the week.

Mom and I did a little fabric shopping to get ideas for the baby’s room and had a slight disagreement about whether toile was girlie. I say it is. Case in point:

While cute, these do not fit my definition of manly. We tabled the discussion until Tuesday when we would know the gender of the future inhabitant of the room.

At the fabric store I bought this:

A friend of mine suggested using a dry erase board on the fridge to list out the week’s meal plan. I was filling her in on my lack of skill in grocery shopping and meal planning and she had some helpful tips. So far the menu really has helped us out this week and Zach has actually been referring to it.


I worked from home in the morning so that an installer could come put up our four new windows! Last summer I got some quotes on new windows and by winter we finally agreed that we needed something other than the 1949, single pane, original windows are house has. At least in the bedrooms. We did seven windows then and this time around we finished out the bedrooms and bathrooms so the baby has new windows! Zach is not excited at all by windows, but I am really enjoying them and the fact that ice doesn’t form on the inside of our bedroom windows any longer.

Zach spent the morning dragging his awesome friend Geoff and Geoff’s SUV to the overstock store to pick up our crib. Apparently this overstock warehouse is in a cave and has everything. Furniture, clothing, baby gear, food, etc. Both guys were amazed and want to return to really explore the selection. Zach was able to make a quick sweep of the place though and brought home not only the crib, but a $2 bag of “high quality” beef jerky and a baby baseball outfit for $1.25. Discount shopping man-style.

We have a lot of sorting, storing, and selling of furniture before we have room to assemble the crib, but here is what it will look like:

We wanted something simple and made with solid wood. This one converts to a toddler bed and day bed, but I hope this boy will stay in his crib for awhile. We have some scary stairs in our house that I am not ready to think about.

Also on Tuesday we had our sonogram, which you know. Besides finding out we are getting a little boy, we found out that all his little parts are there and are working. He is growing at a good rate and I have been able to feel him kicking because the placenta is in the back. This also means that Zach should be able to feel him kicking soon.

The best part was watching his little heart beat. We could see all four ventricles pumping away. It was really amazing. He was moving all over – flipping, punching his arms, and kicking his legs. The nurse had a hard time getting a photo of his feet because he kept wiggling around and she couldn’t get a straight-on picture of his face because he was so active. We did see him open and close his mouth a couple of times which was neat too. Zach said he spent most of the sonogram watching me watching the screen. He said he will remember that forever.

That night at the grocery store all I could see was mothers and their boys! I’m sure there were daughters there, but I just kept seeing these lanky teenage boys towering over the mothers they shopped with. We don’t have a whole lot of height in our families, but it is exciting to imagine what our boy will be like.


My aunt, uncle, and their three kids were in our area for a quick spring break trip. We got to met them for dinner last night which was great. We used to live a lot closer to them and so we saw more of them and I miss that. The kids are all growing up which is hard for me because somehow I can’t believe they are teenagers or soon-to-be teenagers. If they are teenagers then that makes me…old enough to have a baby I guess! I am the oldest cousin – 10 years between me and the next cousin – so I remember what each of them was like as a baby. It is hard watching them all get to that point where it isn’t OK to just rush at them and grab them up in a hug when I see them.

My aunt, uncle, and the kids created a checklist of skills that my boy cousins can pass on to their new second cousin. The list included the basics like fishing and creating annoying sounds, but also had more specific skills like mastering the “Irish Jig” which is my youngest cousin’s interpretation of a happy dance.

Tonight: We have been talking a little about names this week and did some more thinking tonight while watching basketball. We have ones we like, but we are not satisfied that we have found the right one yet. I think this will be a decision we consider for a long time.

***Update March 26,2010*** My aunt made a very good point in her comment than I forgot to mention. They asked me how big the baby was right now so the kids could imagine it. I told them he was about the size of a mango. Later when they were coming up with name ideas, of course the kids – the boys at least, I’m sure Lizzie would never say this – suggested Mango. What is family for if not to create embarrassing nicknames that linger long after your resemblance to said fruit or famous whale has passed? My Uncle Pat will be so proud that they have starting the teasing so soon.