Naming Sprout

We got to see Sprout last week in an ultrasound.
Sprout at 20 weeks
I think he looks just like his daddy. That’s right, we learned that he is a boy! The picture we have proving that seems a bit too graphic to put on the internet. It looks as though he is sitting on the camera. And as if that weren’t clear enough, the ultrasound tech labeled just above “BOY.”
Now we are trying to decide on names. I love names, so I have been toying with name ideas since before we started trying to conceive. I would throw out a name, and the Professor would shrug his shoulders disinterested in that one, and I would throw out another. We managed to find a girl’s name that we both liked, but no luck at all with boy names. After I ran out of standard names, I started throwing out semi-absurd to fully absurd names, like Mortimer, Mork, Exador, and Zebulon. (The latter of which I *love* but would never use. Probably.) Lately names have been inspired by my favorite podcast, the History of Rome, so Hannibal, Augustus, Scipio Africanus. (The Professor pointed out that Hannibal is a cannibal in a movie more famous than the great general. Also, Africanus has “anus” in it.) Also, I’m watching The Wire on DVD, and I’m in the second season, and right now I love the character Omar, and therefore his name. (He is awfully clever, loyal to those he loves, and knows and likes mythology–sigh. However, he also steals drugs from dealers and sometimes kills people, sooo, no).
Complicating finding boy names, *everyone* local that I know has had boys the last three years, so a lot of sweet names are taken. (We could still use them, but still.)
So, any suggestions?
Meanwhile, I’m starting to look unmistakeably pregnant. Here I am at 21 weeks.
21 weeks
I love how comfortable maternity pants are. I just wish they’d stay up. I may have to start sporting suspenders. If I get rainbow ones, maybe Mork won’t be such a bad name for Sprout after all. Or Mirth.

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7 Responses to Naming Sprout

  1. scrappy says:

    How about “Junior Professor” or “Assistant Professor”…. “Associate Professor”? 😉

  2. Stacia says:

    We’re having the same trouble. I finally had to pull out “20,001 Baby Names,” even though I knew it would bring on a migraine. I still think you and the Professor should go with Strunk. Or, at the very least, go with “Chicago” for a middle name. Zebulon Chicago Professor Jr. I think we have a winner.

  3. sara Mason says:

    Yay!!!! I love Omar as well (the character and the name!). My absolute favorite character is Stringer Bell. I wonder what his given name is? McNutty? Bubbles? Family names are always good. Pull out the family bible (if you haven’t already). I think it’s one of those things you’ll just know. Good luck!

  4. c t says:

    Well, U know we went with a shortlist & decided to pick after we met Margaret. Worked well for us I thot.
    Also visited this site for ideas:
    It’s fun!
    We ended up w/family names (1 from each side) but also outside the circle. Tried to think of role models I wd want to explain to the kid. “This was a great woman and you were named for her but you are going to be great in your own way.”

  5. Stephanie says:

    I love, love the name Owen, but Alex is extremely opposed. So you can have it! 🙂 I also like Wesley from the Princess Bride. And Jack, but there’s already a Jack in the family!
    Take this as fair warning that Benjamin, Wyatt, or Cameron may be taken soon… 🙂 Any names you love that Doug has objected to that you’re willing to share?

  6. Kim says:

    Love your picture! Make that pictures–plural! Good luck with the names. Mitch and I had trouble agreeing on names. Very, very few that we both liked.

  7. Cathy says:

    We are watching The Wire, too! We are on Season 4. Soooooooo good. I do love the name Omar, though. It’s such a hard thing to name a person!! Good luck finding the perfect name. 🙂

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