I've been lurking around your blog for a few months now so I know what good advice you & your readers usually give and believe me, do I ever need it!
Here's the deal. I'm due to give birth to our 3rd child in about 2 weeks. Throughout this whole pregnancy (or at least for the past 20+ weeks of it) we've believed that this baby was a girl, so of course we picked our name accordingly. And we had such a good name picked out, too. Abigail Elizabeth. Love it. But...
My Dr. ordered a second ultrasound last week to assess placental site (I'd been having some light bleeding, luckily everything is OK though) and while assuring us that everything looks great in there, they also told us that our supposed little girl is actually a boy! My husband and I are thrilled, of course (especially as we already have 2 beautiful girls. Isadora, called Izzy, age 4 and Arabella, called Bella, age 2), but now we can't for the life of us think of what to call the little guy!
We want his middle name to be Richard after both of our grandfathers, but we CAN NOT agree on a first name that we both really like (there are 2 in the running so far, but that's it), and neither of us likes Richard enough to make it his first name.
Names we both actually like but can't use as they're already being used by close family and friends include: William, Jacob, Scott, Preston, Oliver (so sad about this one, as it's the one boy's name that I've loved forever, but my sister stole it last year).
Names that we can use and also both agree on are sadly few. In fact there only 2 so far, and I don't really love either one. They are; Harrison and Camden.
And there are some others that we both kind of like but we don't think they sound good with Richard (Kevin, Brad and George come to mind. I don't know why, but any of those names paired with Richard just rub me the wrong way)! Names that go with our last name aren't a problem, at least, as pretty much everything sounds OK with it (rhymes with Lake).
So,we both prefer somewhat classic boy names & if you or your lovely readers could come up with anything better I'm all ears!
The names you like for boys are a somewhat different style than the names you like for girls. We have the same situation in our family, and so I struggled a little naming our girl: should we force ourselves to choose names that matched our boy names in style? or should we use the style of girl name we liked? We went with the girl name we liked.
Because the name Oliver was on my list, and because the boy-name style you like is the same as the boy-name style I like, I wonder if you'd like some of the other boy names from our list:
Charles/Charlie Richard; Izzy, Bella, and Charlie
Leo Richard; Izzy, Bella, and Leo
Henry Richard; Izzy, Bella, and Henry
Milo Richard; Izzy, Bella, and Milo
Elliot Richard; Izzy, Bella, and Elliot
Eric Richard; Izzy, Bella, and Eric
Malcolm Richard; Izzy, Bella, and Malcolm
From that list, my favorite candidates are Charles/Charlie, Leo, and Milo. But let's see what everyone else thinks! Vote in the poll at right, and choose up to two favorites!
[Poll results (228 votes total):
Harrison: 21 votes, roughly 9%
Camden: 7 votes, roughly 3%
Charles/Charlie: 40 votes, roughly 18%
Leo: 32 votes, roughly 14%
Henry: 31 votes, roughly 14%
Milo: 43 votes, roughly 19%
Elliot: 32 votes, roughly 14%
Eric: 6 votes, roughly 3%
Malcolm: 16 votes, roughly 7%]
[Update! Leah writes:
I'm very happy to announce that our little man was born 6 days earlier than expected, at 8:17 a.m. on July 23! He's 8lbs 7oz and 21 inches of pure perfection.
And as for his name?
Well, I really fell in love with your suggestion of Milo, but the husband kept vetoing it whenever I brought it up. His reason? The freaky 1998 horror movie of the same name. He said he wouldn't ever be able to look at our son without thinking of the creepy kid in the movie if we named him Milo. I fought hard for this name, but in the end decided it wasn't worth it if it upset the husband so much (poor guy was almost in tears when I insisted that since I was the one who had to carry and birth the boy I should be able to name him whatever I wanted).
So when I finally let go of Milo I liked the idea of using Charles/Charlie a lot too, but again the husband said no. Apparently Charlie was the name of the kid who used to bully him in grade school & brought back too many bad memories or something. He was never this opinionated when we were naming the girls, who knew he'd be so picky about boys names?
Finally I saw the suggestion of one of your readers (Christa, I think it was) for Owen. At first I didn't love it (not like I did Milo *sigh*) but the more I thought about it, the more it grew on me, until finally I was convinced it was the name I wanted. Thankfully Hubby didn't have any bad memories/associations attached to this one, & so Owen Richard he is!
Thanks to everyone for the helpful suggestions!]