naming our baby. it’s hard work! picking out a name for our son (no, he won’t be called baby roost forever!) has been interesting. it’s been fun, difficult, confusing, exciting and nerve racking. the first name we had chosen for him got shot down pretty quickly from just about everyone we told very early on. (i quickly realized why so many people keep their baby’s name a secret until birth, i think that may be the easiest way to go!) after we decided to drop our initial pick (i think he’ll thank us later), a new name came to mind and we immediately fell in love with it.
the name is rare, though i wouldn’t call it ‘weird’ (you’ve all definitely heard of it, at least). it immediately fit him and everything i already know about him. it feels right. however, it hasn’t been easy deciding to give our son a rare and unique name. we’ve been torn between adhering to social norms and going with our gut feeling. we’ve considered using it as his middle name, a nickname or just dropping it all together, but none of that feels right. it is who he is and at the end of the day we’ve decided to listen to our hearts and do what we know is right for the three of us.
we’ve pretty much kept it a secret beyond immediate family, and we’re excited to announce him (and his name) to the world next week. i love unique names. i think they give immediate character and act almost as a springboard for creativity and independence. though bonnie may not be that unusual, it is a little rare (i say this since i’ve never met another bonnie in my generation, school or profession). having a somewhat rare name has made me who am i today and i’m thankful for it.
since i’ve recently met a few kids named bean, fox, gage and wolf, i think our little man will fit right in with his generation. he has a sweet name. it’s cuddly, snuggly, fierce and manly all at the same time.
photo by lindsay jean