We just can't think of the perfect boy's name for this baby. While we are convinced it's a boy, we do have the perfect girl's name picked out...just in case. But coming up with another boy's name is proving so difficult. It's not that we don't like any names, it's that we like too many. Yet there hasn't been one name in particular that jumps out at us "Ah, yes, that is the name of our little boy!"
There's been a commercial on the radio (I can't even think of what product they are endorsing) where the parents are deciding on a name for their son...but he's already heading off to college. The punch line is something like "Some things can't wait". I am afraid we might end up like those parents! Not really, but I don't want my son in the hospital with a name tag that just says Baby Boy Martin. I want to have his name ready.
I like Irish names and Phil likes saints names, and I prefer slightly unusual while he tends towards more common names. We have a list of boys names we can not use based on our last name: Dean and Martin. Then we have some names we really like but don't fit for various reasons: Maximilian (too many M's), Benedict (we already have one son named after a Pope), Christian (with Phil teaching theology and having one son already named Eamon "Amen", we thought it would be too much), and Jonathan (you can't have a John-Paul and a Jonathan in the same family, right?).
Then there's the three names we love that can be used for either boys or girls, and we don't want to do that to our son (I'd rather give a unisex name to a girl than a boy): Casey, Cory, Taylor. And I have a list of more unique names that Phil isn't quite sold on yet: Brennan, Blaise, Rowan, Kieran, Kane (my mom's maiden name), and Nolan. And we can't use the following names of our nephews or brothers: Sean, Brian, Robert, Gavin, Liam, Brogan, Patrick, Ryan, Thomas, or William.
We have been discussing names so much around here that I am sick of it. And then Phil had an inspiration from the Holy Spirit. "Let's pray about it", he said. Duh! So we are praying that we will know what this baby's name will be. I'm hoping it's one of those prayers that gets answered by an angel coming down, waking me up, and telling me exactly what we should name him. Hey, worked for Mary right? :)