Well, here we are! I’m 31 weeks, which is when I typically start this riveting game*, but I’m still running about a week behind because this is the INTRO into the game, not the first actual clue. I *do* have a basic outline written for the clues, so it should be easy to pump them out soon, BUT, I’ve been catching up on other projects lately and with the holidays this week, this has not been as big of a priority as I would have liked.
As announced in the title, this is round 4! Rounds 2 & 3, should be easy to find in the archives and round 1 was only visible to our “lucky” family. Back when I was pregnant with MG, it started as a series of emails since we did not reveal the name to anyone prior to her birth. I still appreciate a good surprise (for others, not myself!) and I know I’ve said this many times, but just for the sake of fitting it neatly in here, I love the moment of the big reveal of our baby name. Because we put so much thought into our names and because I feel like our chosen names say something about us, I revel in that moment of the announcement. Right up until that very moment, I am sealed lips about the name and often have nightmares in which I accidentally tell someone or publish it publicly. It just wouldn’t be the same to me if it went down that way.
I’ve been a name aficionado since, well about as long as I can remember. I put a lot of deep thought into the names I gave my dolls and stuffed animals, pets, and then of course girls. I spent money on baby name books long before we were pregnant and would flip through the pages,circling potential winners (those are pretty funny to look back on now!). A badge of honor on my chest is that I’ve had multiple friends solicit my naming advice over the years (though in full disclosure, none have actually used any of my suggestions, to my knowledge). I also have been able to successfully guess a few friends and acquaintances babies’ names prior to their birth (okay, like 3). Nameberry.com has been my favorite naming website to consult through the years and even though I had given up on the idea of adding another little girl to our family some time ago, I, thankfully, still had a running list of inspirational names that we were able to draw from when we found out about our little surprise.
It is a topic I’ve chatted about, ad nauseam, to many friends, my sister, and my husband. One of the saddest things about closing this chapter of my life is also not having any more future babies to name. But because we follow a similar pattern with each of our girls, it has also gotten a little harder each time. And so, for that reason, it took us a little longer than usual to settle on this name. But that is all I will say for now. The upcoming clues will give you some more peaks behind the scenes.
If you haven’t figured it out by now, this isn’t really a game at all. The clues are specifically designed so that you CAN’T guess the actual name. Really, this is an anticipation-building (hopefully) activity that can help pass the time for both of us and also give you some insight into the complicated logic of how we choose our dear daughters’ names.
Just a heads up that these clues are going to be very similar to the the rounds posted previously. Some will be nearly identical, because, well, we have ourselves a little baby name box that we neatly outline each time. What can we say, we didn’t think we were theme-y people, but look at us now!
After her birth, all will be revealed and I will break down the clues to help explain them further, as well as give you the total meaning behind her name.
That being said, and just to throw some confusion to the plot, there are actually SOME differences this time so I will leave you to read about those in the clues that follow.
Let the pre-gaming ceremonies begin!
(*”game” is a loose interpretation, depending on how much you enjoy being stumped for 10 weeks of vague “clues”)