Grandma Talk: What Will They Name the Baby?

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My first grandchild, a boy, is due in six weeks!

I’m dying to know his name. We’ve only been told that it’s non-traditional.

I love it that Kath and Matt want to wait until their son is born to announce his name, but I sure would like to know.

Since they own and run the Great Harvest Bread Company in Charlottesville, Virginia, the family has nicknamed the baby “”Baker.”‘

Actually I like Baker for his real name, too.

Kath says that’s not going to be it.

Rats.

Daughter Laura has told me to shush up about the subject, but with only six weeks left, it just kind of popped out of me the other day.

“Will I like the name?” I asked Kath.

(Honest, Laura, I haven’t asked in like four plus weeks.)

“Yes,” Kath said,”but it might take you a day.”

A day? What’s a  day? Sounds good!

“Will your sister like it?”

“Yes,”Kath said. “Right away.”

Fair enough. Sisters often think alike.

“What about your dad?”

“It’s going to take him longer. He’s more traditional when it comes to names.”

I bet it only takes Cliff two days.

After all, a grandson, by any name, will be oh so sweet.

What about you grandmas (or grandpas) out there? Any fun name stories? Do share AND send any advice. Thanks!

Bingo Card:   I found the boys’ names on a site that generates Bingo cards. Seems like a good way to pick  a name when you’re stuck. Toss a bootie and see where it lands.

Here’s the delicious bread that inspired the baby’s first nickname. Photo courtesy Katherine Younger.

Contest Winner:  Congrats to Cheryl, who won the Dry Babe Nightgown. Thanks to Wendy for the guest post and for sponsoring the contest. Wendy has graciously offered to do another giveaway near the winter holidays. Thanks, Wendy!

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    • Oh fun. I’m glad these new moms and dads are keeping some secrets. Years ago, you never announced the name until the babe was in the arms (at least most of the folks I know didn’t.)

      • At least you know that it is a boy. When Krystal became pregnant for Zach, she didn’t want to know the sex of the baby. She had names picked out for both, but refused to share. The only information we received was that if it was a boy, the middle name would be Christopher (after the father). A family tradition.
        On the other side of things, my daughter in-law shares all. They will be having a boy and he will have his father’s, grandfather’s and great-grandfather’s name.
        Personally, I like surprises, but I don’t mind knowing that I will be getting another grandson.

      • I think it’s fun though, when this generation keeps it secret (or doesn’t find out.) But Kath is here now and it sure would be exciting if she would just whisper the name. I swear I won’t tell!

  1. Fun! But so annoying to grandma.

    It may be better this way. I remember my oldest brother calling to find out the name we had selected, just hours before I would go in for the c-section. After I announced the name, he exclaimed “She will hate you!.” Wow, was it that bad? I tell her that story, at ten and she says gently, “Mom, I love my name!” It is both unique and well established, old with a touch of new. It truly fits her, she is an old soul with a modern flourish.

    Brother was just one that got stuck with a moniker destined for nicknames. He never knew his real name, until he started school. Grouchy old guy! :)

  2. I decided on my (future) daughter’s name when I was in eighth grade, so EVERYONE knew what it was going to be. My son’s wasn’t established until close to his birth, but I don’t remember a lot of questions. I think it’s wise for Kath to keep quiet–even if the grands don’t actually speak their opinions, their faces will give them away!

    • Oh sweet. Eighth grade. I sort of had Katherine picked out after reading Wuthering Heights in 12th grade. I wanted to spell it with a C, but Cliff refused, so we got the K.

      • Katy had names chosen for all FIVE of her potential children back in elementary school…needless to say, I think FIVE is now off the drawing board and I don’t think she is considering any of those names now.

      • Does she remember all the names? She can always use them for cats/dogs/goldfish if not real children.

  3. Well if it helps at all “It doesn’t really matter what you think.” a phrase from my then teen aged son a few years ago. I shared my daughter’s name with family before hand and my mother hated it. It was a traditional name (katie) and she thought it was too old-fashioned!!! I decided to use Laura instead and have always secretly regretted that I didn’t follow my heart and name her my first choice. On the other hand I have heard some really awful names recently that I just wonder “What are they thinking?” Probably better for them if you don’t know and react because in the end we don’t have the same taste and aren’t living in the same world as these parents to be.

    • Cute your mom worried it was old-fashioned. I’d be somewhat relieved to learn that ours was going to be old-fashioned, although I’m feeling open!

  4. Funny how we obsess about the names! My daughter-in-law was born in Ireland so I was sure they would name the baby Molly or Colleen. But Ava Elizabeth is now 9 days old and I just love her name!

  5. I’ve got 12 weeks to go before my due date, but we’re just not secretive enough. We’ve already pretty much told the world what we *think* the name of our baby girl will be…with the caveat that if we see her and decide it doesn’t fit, we may change our minds on the spur of the moment! :) Luckily, so far, almost everyone thinks we’ve picked a good one (my aunt keeps trying to change her middle name, but otherwise, everyone is on board). I’m eager to see what Kath and Matt have chosen as well – I’m sure it will be great. The only advice you have – and I’m quite sure you don’t need it, but just in case – is to call the baby whatever his mom and dad want him to be called. My mom has tales of friends of hers who disliked their grandchild’s name so much that they just call the kid by a nickname or by a middle name or something – against the wishes of the parents. And she knows of multiple instances of this happening! It causes a lot of family strife, not to mention being confusing to the child when he/she is old enough to understand what’s going on, so that seems like a path to avoid.

    • Yes, I’ve read that. They say in general, you have to remember it’s not your baby but theirs. Sure hope I can do that….Will try hard!

  6. Chill, Grandma. At least you’ll know soon after the birth. With the 2 grandsons we had to wait 8 days- for the bris, to hear the names. With the grand daughter, we had to wait 3 days- until the right day to name her in temple. Best wishes for a happy and healthy delivery!

    • So lovely! To find out during a religious ceremony. When they say the name, can you react or do you have to stay solemn?

  7. Great fun, Barbara, but oh so annoying for Grandma! I didn’t go through that with my daughter. She told us the names pretty early on, but she didn’t tell anyone else because she didn’t want to end up in “name discussion hell.” My grandkids are Mason (great-grandfather was a stone mason) and Delaney (after Jimmy Buffet song Delaney Talks to Statues.) I like this funny old name-picking advice: yell the name to make sure it works. Cause you know at some point his name will be yelled. ;) Of course, Grandma will NEVER have to yell at little Baker. And, of course, the initials matter for monogram purposes, and to prevent getting teased or getting a nickname. (My initials were PG – high school humor sucks.) Anyway, keep us posted. You don’t have to shush up… just don’t tell Laura you’re talking to us. :D

    • Love naming Mason after a carer. Just like Baker! And always love names after songs.

      I’ll have to ask Kath if she has yelled it. She swears she practiced saying it for a graduation. And she doesn’t believe the supreme court stuff. (That it has to be dignified enough for the Court.) She feels quirky breeds character.

      • My name was mangled at both my high school and college graduation. I firmly in the traditional camp.

      • (posted my comment before I was done, sorry) My name was mangled at both my high school and college graduation… and doctor’s offices, and first days of school, first days of working, introducing myself, etc. I’m firmly in the traditional camp. Just because something sounds fun and cutesy is not a reason to burden your kid with it. I’m 26 and still having problems with my name. After all, the kid has to live with the name, not the parents.

        (I’m not bitter. Promise.)

      • Alyse is a lovely name. I would pronounce it “AH LEASE.” Is that right?

      • “uh-lease”.

        I’ve been been called Ashley, A-lice, Alice, Aleash, some coworkers calls me Alish (I’ve worked there 4 years), Elyse despite the A, and one stubborn teacher I had refused to call me by name as it was deemed too difficult. She called me Al. le sigh. Such a difficult thing, names.

  8. Baker is a great name! Our grandson is named Mason Blue. My step-daughter lives on Masonboro SOund rd and when they were trying to think of names I think his sister (3 at the time) suggested Mason. “Blue” is a family name. My husband likes calling him “Blue.” How’s that for a story?

  9. When I was expecting my first child, my mother in law hounded us constantly about names. We told her we would only name the baby after dead relatives. I have a close friend where all the females
    have the middle name Delight. Now that’s a name…my friend is also married to a man from France, so they had to deal with how names translated too!

    • Wow Delight. Fun name! My mom had a friend who was the first boy after like seven girls so they named him, “Welcome.” The name suited him and they used it for their first son.

    • I told her you voted for it a few months ago, but you and I didn’t win, or at least that’s what she is saying…

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