This is NOT a Post About Italy

So, I tell you we’re having some babies, I accept all of your congratulations, and then I disappear again. Bad Tiffany!

I was actually unplugged and off-grid for a ten days, enjoying a “babymoon” in Italy with St. Matt. And believe it or not, I didn’t go through Petunia-withdrawal or whine about missing my laptop – not even once. *pats self on the back*

And while there are plenty of Italia stories to tell – look! I even included a teaser picture – today all I can think about is names.

Baby names.

When I’m writing a story I go crazy picking the perfect names for my characters – they have to match temperament, appearance, background, etc. But luckily, I know the character before I know the name and if I need to change it halfway through the book, that’s what the “Find and Replace” command is for.

Not so much for the Schmidtlets in my belly.

And right off the bat, there was going to be none of this “Baby A” and “Baby B” business that the doctors insist on using. We weren’t even in our car, and I certainly hadn’t recovered from the news it was twins, when I was already paling and saying: “Now we need twice as many names.”

But, seeing as we had a good four months before we’d find out gender, interim names were a must. St. Matt suggested Alpha and Beta

What can I say? He’s an engineer.

I countered with Alcott and Bronte and was resoundingly shot down. Why? Because, as St. Matt so wisely realized, “You’re going to get attached and want to actually name them that.”

He was right. Later that night I woke him up: “Alcott’s kinda cute, isn’t it? For a girl? We could call her Ally for short.”

So you can see why NON-NAME interim names became essential.

After a week of what-about-this? and what-about-that? We settled on two: Acorn, and Bean Sprout. (See how they’re still A and B words… St. Matt is SUCH an engineer).

But now there comes a bigger problem. REAL names…

I have post-its of possibilities everywhere. I’ve just about worn out Baby Name Voyager. In Italy – look, another teaser picture – I stopped St. Matt at every playbill and construction sign so I could read the names of contractors and actors.

He’s learning not to get too attached to any name, because as soon as we find something we both agree on, I change my mind.

I’m learning not to wake him up in the middle of the night when I come up with potentials – because the interrupted-REM answer is always, “No.”

The fact that we’ve got roughly five more months to find the perfect combinations of first and middle names has not prevented me from lying awake and whispering ideas at the ceiling. Or turning to the bookshelf beside my bed and scanning for ideas.

… you know, now that I think about it, Bronte’s kinda cute, too.

7 comments


  • Hey, I like Alcott and Bronte. For girls. For boys, I still think you should go with Mark and Billy. 😉

    July 22, 2010
  • I liked Bennett (you know Pride and Prejudice) but my husband said no. Baby names are hard because you have to name real life people who have to live with your decision forever. No pressure though. 🙂

    July 22, 2010
  • Linda – See, Alcott IS really cute. Lil’ Ally Schmidt — it totally works!

    Andrea – No pressure at all… And I may have *cough* woken St. Matt up at 3AM and suggested Fitzwilliam (as in Darcy).

    July 22, 2010
  • THIS POST TERRIFIES ME. I mean in a good way. I angst so hard over character names I cannot imagine bestowing one on a real live person. Real live personS!

    Don’t get attached to ‘Acorn’ and ‘Bean-sprout.’ 😉

    July 23, 2010
  • I think you are doomed to have both kids tell you they hate their names at some point, so be free, name them whatever you want, and tell them when they’re 18 they’re welcome to visit the social security office.

    This is why YOU are on your way to motherhood and I’m NOT! 😉

    July 24, 2010
  • Tell St Mattt that I find Alcott and Bronte to be cute names. Though the Schmidlets may not agree. 😉

    Also – don’t get attached to any one name. For when you meet the Schmidlets you might realize that perfect name you picked out just isn’t them. (Which happened to a friend of mine.)

    I do like the idea of literary names though. So many possibilities – from fave characters to fave authors. Just please don’t do the rhyming names…the Schmidlets would probably dislike that more than Alcott and Bronte. 😉

    July 27, 2010
  • Courtney – Thank you. I feel SO MUCH calmer now. :p

    Emily – Bean Sprout & Acorn it is… and I’ll pre-buy their name-change forms.

    Irish – No rhyming either? Boy, you guys are harsh critics. *crosses Jane-y & Wayne-y off my list*

    July 28, 2010

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