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Wednesday, March 04, 2009


If you’re following me on Twitter or Facebook this is already old news, but for those who aren’t...we’re having a boy!

I’m really happy about the news actually. Until recently I wanted another girl, but I’m noticing more and more just how alike Cakes and I are in temperament. McHotty is finding himself in the crossfire already, and I can only imagine what it will be like once you add hormones to the mix. I think McHotty needs another nice mellow person in the house to balance things out. Here’s hoping this child is the sweet mellow boy I envision. Are boys ever as mercurial as girls?

The downside about the news is that most boy names suck. I need your help! Please give me your favourite literary boy names. Authors or characters. I’m desperate! In the meantime, the boy in the belly shall be known as Sherwood.

The other downside is that Cakes is not pleased. She “only wants a girl” and will not be convinced otherwise. It’s a good thing she has five months to get used to the idea.

Speaking of Cakes, I can’t believe I forgot to post this after our ski trip. Isn’t she amazing!

Bustin' With Pride from julie f on Vimeo.

*If you know my last name, this is funny.



Blogger Mouse said...

No particular order or logic to this. You may be sorry you asked.

A number of the first boys' names I thought of end in 's,' so those might not work with your last name: Silas, Lucas/Lucius. HBM already used a great one with Jasper. I'm currently liking names that can be shortened to Max (mostly because of "Where the Wild Things Are"). Dickens can provide a good number of classic boys' names: Oliver, David, William, Benjamin, Charles, etc. Or you could go with more unusual: Ebenezer (thanks to Dickens again), Tristan/Tristram, Heathcliff, Silius (found him on a Shakespeare list, also the name of a Classical author I study). One more Shakespeare for good measure: Sebastian.

4:01 PM  
Blogger Ms. Porter said...

Names are so personal.....without really knowing you this is tough but here goes.

I like some of Mouse's suggestions, I love Charles (Charlie) but it's being used alot as is Benjamin (Benett is nice though), Lucas is lovely.

What about Holden? I love that name.

I don't mind Emerson, Lance (Lancelot...not so sure I would go with Lancelot!), Dante.

6:02 PM  
Blogger Lisa b said...

I'll have to think about this. We only had one boy name that worked with our last name - Daniel.
I like sherwood
perhaps other tree names. Someone recently was asking me for ideas on that theme!

7:11 PM  
Blogger Winston said...

Boys' names are definitely harder. Girls' names seem to be distributed evenly across the spectrum from too-common to too-weird, while boys' names seem to be one extreme or the other with little in between.

I like Zane, that's Stefan's middle name. It's an Old English form of John.

I have a nephew named Devin.

7:33 PM  
Blogger highwaisted said...

amazing, a boy and a girl is so awesome! not sure i can help you in the names department...just wanted to stop by and see whats new. :)

love that vid of cakes dancing to feist. CUTEST!

7:56 PM  
Blogger kgirl said...

Holy crap, that video made me smile. I am so impressed with her! As for the names, you have my votes already, but bee would like you to know that she is partial to Thunderina, and Scaddle The Boy.

8:54 PM  
Blogger kgirl said...

OMG - Tell Lisa our boy's name - Cedar!!

8:56 PM  
Blogger daysgoby said...

Yay! Congratulations!

9:08 PM  
Blogger crazymumma said...

Cade. I love that name.

Um you know you said her name right? In the video?

She is great!

9:41 PM  
Blogger No Mother Earth said...

Read the news this morning and so happy for you!

I already used my favourite literary name, but I do like Holden and Bennett. Is Dashiell literary? I always thought it would be fun to have the nickname Dash. And I'm also partial to Heath.

Boys names are hard.

11:08 PM  
Blogger kittenpie said...

I thought I saw some vague tail end of a conversation about boy names go by! But I'm only half-with-it these last couple of days, so I was about to email you and ask. Congrats - I'm glad you're pleased with that.

I like NoMo's suggestions of Bennett (I tried to sell Misterpie on that at one point, but no), and Dashiell is literary - as in D. Hammett, but I'm guessing that is not your style of literature?

I"ll give you our list of discarded boy names, if you like - there were a lot I liked on there. I liked Linden because it was a tree, actually - ha. (Hey, do you remember Murphy Brown, with Corky Sherwood, and then she got married?) But from my shelf in front of me, on a quick scan, I'm spotting Oliver (Twist), Arthur (Conan Doyle), Faulkner (William), Henry (Fielding), Scott (Fitzgerald), Irving (John), Garrison (Keillor), Vincent (Lam), Lawrence (D.H.), Someret (Maugham), Adrian (Mole), Julian (emperor, and my old favourite), Robert (L. Stevenson or Graves).

Good luck, though - naming is HARD.

2:11 AM  
Blogger b*babbler said...

Ooh - we had a hard time with the boy names before we found out we were having a girl, but we ended up loving more unusual names... Xavier, Finnegan, Ethan (ok, not so unusual these days, and ultimately why it got tossed from our list)...

But a boy! How exciting is that... after all the girls lately it seems like there's now a wave of boys!

8:38 AM  
Blogger Abraham said...

Our two boy names were geographic in origin - Hudson for the town where Steph grew up and Tasman for the sea near where he was conceived. Other than that we looked through a lot of snowboarder/skater magazines.

Those kids had names to live up to.

Congrats! Boys are fun!


10:53 AM  
Blogger Kyla said...

Ha! Definitely go with Sherwood. LOL!

8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm new to your blog. I lived in Riverdale for 20 years and am now a Leslieviller. My first choice is Dashiell. Years ago, I knew a gal who called her baby boy Dashiell and immediately shortened it to Dash. It's perfect. Holden also is great. Pablo (Neruda) is one you won't see very often (except in Chile! How about Phaedrus if you want to go back all the way to Plato. Dylan is always perfect, but I'm afraid it's getting overdone. Have fun choosing!

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Maia said...

Sorry, didn't mean to post as anonymous.

11:24 AM  
Anonymous sam {temptingmama} said...

Yay!!! Boys are AWESOME!!

Sherwood is a great choice!!


7:23 PM  
Anonymous Margo said...

He has to be a Mr. Darcy, no?

11:53 PM  
Blogger petite gourmand said...

Congrats on the little man! great news.
and just look at your little Nancy Green!!! she's awesome.

I actually really like sherwood- 4 real.

9:13 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

1. I know your last name so it is very funny and appropriate.

2. I'm pretty sure Cakes is one of the greatest kids out there. She so casual - 'yeah, I'm skiing. Without poles to help me balance. oh yeah.'

I love it!

Names... I'm partial to traditional names like James or Jack but I am reading 'Anne Vallon' at the moment and the lead character has a long love affair with William Woodsworth so William is popping into my mind.

12:07 PM  
Blogger creative-type dad said...


Whatever you do, don't name him Angel or Leo.
Any other names are perfectly fine.

5:16 PM  

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