Many have asked us if we have a name for our soon-arriving daughter. Yes. But we can’t answer the next inevitable question because we are of that frustrating type that admit they have a name and refuse to reveal it until the birth of the baby. Try and look on the bright side–we could be like my brother and his wonderful wife, who learned the gender of their baby and refused to tell us all. I had to knit TWO blankets–hers and his, just in case. Fortunately, the girl blanket was finished first and turned out the best.
There truly are practical reasons for our non-tell-all policy. The two best are that birth is historically the naming occasion. We like to be historical. Secondly, if people don’t like what you name your child, they tend to keep mum about it once it’s a done deal. Sort of like not admitting your vegetarianism once dinner’s been served. (Take note and be prepared to swallow your critique.)
But, having been a blogger for over a month now, I’m itching to do a giveaway. I thought it would be fun to introduce the Great Baby Name Sweepstakes. Each interested person may submit, via a comment on this post, one guess as to the baby’s first name. (E, you are disqualified!) If anyone nails it, we’ll send you a package from England containing something lovely and English.
By the way, it’s no use asking Norah. My parents tried that today and received two responses:
“Norah, what’s your baby sister’s name?”
“What’s the baby’s name?”