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The Supreme Court Justice Baby Name Test

January 15, 2012 11:45

So we have T-Minus-9-Weeks until the official arrival of Blueberry McTeasdale.

That's the nickname we've given the boy on the way. Blueberry comes from reading a baby book at week seven that said the baby was about the size of the berry. My friend Jillian joked on the day of our 18-week ultrasound that if it was a girl we'd have to change it to Pinkberry. I was happy it would still be a foodstuff. And McTeasdale is what I still propose to my husband that he change his name to, when he gets annoyed that I did not legally take McGowan.

I actually think Blueberry McTeasdale is better than some real names we see, and I imagine it's going to be hard for me to let go of "Blueberry" when the little one finally arrives and we have to assign him a more formal moniker.

I try never to say anything negative about baby names, but I think it's safe, since this person is a celebrity and since it's already been published on a variety of "worst baby names" lists, to say that my least favorite name we've ever sewn is that of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's youngest child Buddy Bear Maurice Oliver. That's right: Buddy Bear is his first name; Maurice is his middle name. Before you start feeling too badly for Buddy Bear, keep in mind that his sister's names are Poppy Honey Rosie, Daisy Boo Pamela, and Petal Blossom Rainbow. Maybe they let the cast of the Electric Company name their children.

None of these names pass my first rule of baby names, the Supreme Court Justice Test. The test is very simple: put "Chief Justice" before your baby's name and see how it sounds. "Chief Justice Buddy Bear Maurice Oliver" sounds like the punchline of a joke that includes a priest and a talking penguin, right? I mean, "Chief Justice Blueberry McTeasdale" sounds less ridiculous, yes?

It Is NOT January Already!

January 10, 2012 17:01

How does this happen?

Well, we had a fantastic and crazed holiday season, which apparently kept me from blogging. I have so much to report but for now I'm going to keep it short and sweet:

Makaboo got all of its holiday orders out on time - by the skin of our teeth! Our lovely sewing and packaging elves worked night and day to stay ahead of the curve and we were even able to take off Christmas Eve.

Speaking of packaging elves, two of our talented part-time staff who are seniors in high school were accepted early to their top college choices: Washington University and Yale University! We are so proud of them and we're especially excited that one of them will be local next year.

I am now 30 weeks' pregnant and we are having a BOY. I am exiting the cute pregnant phase and entering the just plain very pregnant phase. There's a lot of loud, random exhaling and grunting when I get out of chairs.

Two of my husband's brothers and their spouses have announced that they are also expecting this year, though in both cases it will be their 4th child. This means that by fall, our little one, who we call Blueberry McTeasdale, will have 27 first cousins.

Here's to a fantasic 2012 filled with new adventures!

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