Jamie (truthful one)
My husband came home with his list of names (finally).
It's funny, as the woman, I think I start thinking about names for the baby immediately.
As the man, my husband doesn't
We are not planning on finding out the sex of the baby this time.
In the past, my husband has waited til we have found out the sex, around 20 weeks and then he only has to look at 1/2 the names. (that's his reason anyway-makes sense, I guess)
We do narrow down our search by only choosing saint's names for our children. (hey, I need all the intercession I can get!)
Our names have all been picked by God and I do believe He tells us every time somehow. Either by a direct sign or by placing it close to our hearts.
With our son, while pregnant, his patron saint's feast day came and we just knew it was our name for him if he was a boy. We didn't know the sex of the baby til he was born!
With our first girl, we picked my favorite name, a name I've always loved, after my Confirmation saint.
We found out she was a girl at 32 weeks and didn't tell anyone--which was really fun!
With our 2nd girl, I felt her name in my heart, we did find out her sex and told everyone. My husband picked her middle name, I'll tell you that it's Celeste, which means "heavenly" derived from Celestial. I fell in love with the meaning, but didn't want it as a first name, I wanted to stick with our Saint's theme and thought it went perfect with her first name.
With our 3rd girl, we also found out the sex of her, and the day I picked her name, it was her feast day, but my husband was not convinced as we didn't realize it til it was the next day, the feast of Timothy and Titus. He wanted another "sign". When visiting my parents, I thought I'd look up the date she was to be delivered to see who the saint of the day was, not realizing they had a calendar that was for pre-Vatican II followers, it showed the same saint, listed on the day she was to be born. My husband accepted it was a sign, her patron saint's name was celebrated both on the day we picked her name and on the day she was to be born. She was obviously meant to be who we named her.
With our 4th girl, I had grown to love a name I hated as a child. This particular name, my mom wanted to name my little sister and I begged her not to, because I hated the name. Then, a few years ago, I decided to do this particular patron saint's year long---long, long prayers. (twice) I grew to love her and her name. I love saying her name now every time I say it with Sweetie Pie. Here, again, God placed her name on my heart, and if my mom would have named my sister this particular name, we wouldn't have used it. God knew way back then, that Sweetie Pie would have this name.
I tell the kiddos that God knows this baby's name and He will tell us. He will place it on our hearts.
It hasn't happened yet.
God has told us somehow which names we don't want though, my husband's list looked something like this last night after supper:
We all love the name Elijah, but cannot talk him into it. So...
The boy names that were left were:
Simeon (means obedient)
Sebastian (means venerable)
Andrew (first apostle, brother of St Peter) Funny he picks this name now, because I've always loved this name, but after seeing Simeon and Sebastian, it doesn't quite feel right anymore. so....
Girl names looked something like this:
The girl names that were left were:
Veronica (I picked this one a long time ago...it means Victory)
Felicity (means happy, she is the patron saint of expectant mothers)
Camille (comes from St Camilus de Lellis, who is actually a man, means temple servant)
Natalie (means birth, she married St Aurelius)
I was really impressed with his list and the time he put into looking up their meanings and what each saint did.
I was particularly intrigued with the names that are left. I'm leaning towards Felicity, Veronica & Simeon.
Sebastian Thomas? (the kids all love this name)
I had my 16 week check up yesterday and we have a very active baby inside and the heart rate was 166.
Which means it's probably a girl. Even the doctor agreed. She said maybe we have a very active boy, but it's very rare!!
Do you think heart rate has anything to do with the sex of the baby?
What do you think of our names?