What are you naming your baby?

We didn’t decide on a name for our first baby until he was 10 days old.  My mother flew out to the West Coast from Ontario on that tenth day to discover, horrified, that my husband and I were still referring to her only grandchild as just The Baby. For example:

  • “The Baby is awake!”
  • “The Baby is asleep!”
  • “Where did you put The Baby?”

We eventually, at my mother’s insistence, decided to give him a real name: Benjamin, which satisfied our only criterion (a three-syllable name that could be shortened to one syllable).  Continue reading