No, we're not pregnant. Nor are we thinking about it in any this-is-real-we-have-a-time-frame-we-pulled-the-goalie-sort-of way. Put that out of your head. Especially you, Mom.
However, in all of our DINK glory, we have been discussing an ever important task associated with baby making. Just when we thought we had a wedding reprieve, it's only been replaced with baby announcements. You may think we're horrible people, but when you're sitting at home with your little bundle of joy, cooing at them and being drunk in love with your baby, Mr. Palindrome and I are sitting on our couch with a beer, a paused Netflix movie and our judgement of your choice of names.
We would never say it to your face, but our couch has heard many of our uncharitable judgments.
"What were they thinking?"
"If you had a family name like that, wouldn't you just abandon it?"
"That sounds like a boys name. No wonder nobody can tell what the kid is."
"Seriously? With a Y? So low brow."
During one of our Friday night analyses sessions, I threw out some solid favorites of mine. As it turns out, Mr. Palindrome has very strong opinions about my favorites.
"Those are Grandma names!"
This conversation devolved into me emphatically stating: "I push! I name!" To which Mr. Palindrome retorted that he would just call the hypothetical child whatever he wanted, regardless of the birth certificate.
Since this topic repeatedly comes up every time we get a Care Calendar Meal email, we've continued our discussion. After the Royal Wedding, I threw out Charles. Yes! Sweet agreement. Classic, strong, acceptable nicknames! It was later confirmed when Mr. Palindrome sent me this email:
SUBJ: ideas for baby names?
Mr. Palindrome is all the more convinced that Charles is the name for us since it has international CEO power.
Right. So we have one boy name that we agree on. What if it's a girl? I'm not naming a girls Charles, so in an effort to plug my old fashioned favorite, I looked at the Social Security's list of top 5 names over the last century. Turns out my favorite girl's name and our favorite boy's name were popular in the same decade!
I loaded up my ammunition and took aim. "Hey Mr. P! If Margaret is a Grandma name, then Charles is a Grandpa name!" He resisted my logic and contended that Charles has held a more popular place than Margaret over the century. So I looked for a tiebreaker. I turned to the source of all internet truth: Wikipedia. According to the Margaret page, Margaret is the 13th most popular name as recorded in the 1990 U.S. census. Holding strong, I'd say! Or there are a lot of octogenarians still kicking! I'm still going to take the ultimate stand that the pusher has final say.
Do you have spats over naming hypothetical children? Are you judging our old, fogey favorites? :)