Prior to our kids being born, we lamented over baby names. With our oldest, we had a very difficult time trying to find a name/names. We would throw out names to see if the other liked it, and 99.999999% of the time, the other would have one reason or another that they didn't like it. For instance, I liked Jack, Mike didn't. Why? There was a guy in college that lived across the hall from him that smoked pot all the time. Therefore a kid named Jack=a pot smoker. Mike liked the name Hannah. It reminded me of a hippy flower girl type person who had flowers in her hair and didn't care about anything. Therefore Hannah=hippy kid. Nope. Wasn't going to happen!
With our 2nd, we broke down and ended up getting baby books and going through them. We'd each pick our 5 to 10 names, then tell the other. Again, things got so heated that one of us would end up walking away or "quitting" trying to name our little one. At one point, Mike decided that we'd break up the pain of baby names by having contests to see who could come up with the best Vikings, 80's rocker, grandma, etc. names. THIS, my friends, was comical relief. We laughed and laughed and laughed at names for each category. It also helped to cushion the names we each thought of that were "real" possibilities for our child.
With our 3rd, we'd just casually say a f ew names and see if they stuck. We both knew how offended we'd get when the other would immediately shut down a name, so we took it easier with naming the baby. We did get a few books a few times, but we were living in chaos, so it didn't work out the best.
Our 1st born name options were:
Kirk, Dirk, Blake, Tyler, Jason
Hailey, Olivia, Julia, Isabella
Blake David it is. David is my dad's first name. Papa Dave-if my kid's could actually "know" you, other than through pictures...that'd be heaven on earth!
Makenna Jane it is. Makenna came about after she was born. Mike just "came up" with the name on the spot. The middle name was going to be Michelle (my sister's name), but it didn't work very well with Makenna. Jane is part of both of Mike's grandma's names.
Crosby Charles it is. Charles is Mike's dad's first name. We love our papa Charlie!