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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Birth Announcements 1/20/15: Simon, Sloan, Sailor, Stella, and more.

I haven't done this in awhile, but I love these posts. The things parents come up with to name their children will never cease to amaze me.
*All of these were collected on various hospital websites.*
Delilah Tatum
Adia Willow
Ella Vadalis
Nyla Esther
Quinn Annette
Sailor Ann
Annabell Vivian
Freja Elaine
Minerva Joyce Eden
Alice Evelyn
Stella Orlea
Zenova Sophia
Sydney Roosevelt
Harlowe Lille
Lilly Pearl Angeline
Liberty Ann
Helen Olivia
Mae Tierney
Fiona Landers
Cecilia Rae
Phoenix Jade
Isla Abigail
Nova Juliet
Macie Emma
Anna Winifred
Daisy Vera
Coen Amias
Roman Jeremiah
Royal Elijah
August Edmund
Jack Valentine
Leland Blaine
Elias Reid
Cassius Lee
Rebel Blaze
Oakley Christopher
Mathis Tao
Merritt Dean
Briggs Michael
Landry Joseph
Waylon Paul
Arlo Henry
Fulton Nathaniel
Odin Edward
Finnian Arthur
Bridger Lawrence
Simon Matthias
Oliver Stanford
Norman Magnum
Andon Cruz
Sloan Tyler
Fletcher Maddox
Kaitlyn's favorites: Jack Valentine, Finnian Arthur, Merritt Dean, Nova Juliet, Harlowe Lille, Isla Abigail.
Most unexpected first names: Fulton Nathaniel, Briggs Michael, Adia Willow, Minerva Joyce Eden.
Most unexpected middle names: Magnum, Amias, Roosevelt, Vadalis.
Most unexpected combos: Mathis Tao and Zenova Sophia.
And that's it! Hope you guys have a good week, I'll be back to blog soon!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

selfiewednesday (because I've missed a few "selfie" posts): Why a long engagement rocks.

A few weeks ago I was at a get together with some of my friends, and we were talking about engagement. One of them, without thinking, said "I just don't want to be one of those girls that have long engagements." It got a little uncomfortable, and it got a lot quieter. When she understood why it got awkward, she apologized for possibly offending me.

But that was my first clue that there is some sort of disapproval among people about long engagements.

The next clue I got from that was yesterday. Bradley introduced me to one of his classmates as his fiancé, and the guy goes "Oh Congrats! When's the date?" I gave him my usual answer to that question: "It won't be for a few years. We have a date in mind, but it would be in 2017." This guy literally laughs out loud, and walks away. I was puzzled, and pissed off.

Both of those recent rude events got me thinking, and now they have me blogging: Long engagements are actually kind of great. (Even if I am a little biased.)

1. We have plenty of time to save for the wedding we really want. I've learned over the past few months that weddings aren't cheap, and the wedding I want will definitely not be. Bradley and I have already started a bank account to save for our wedding/honeymoon. By the time I'm ready to start pumping money into a wedding, I'll have a lot more of it to spare than I would have if we were getting married in like, six months. (And honestly, the thought of planning a wedding in that amount of time freaks me out anyway.)
2. We have plenty of time to figure out what we want for our wedding. Extra time means less stress. I'm getting much more time to really evaluate what I want for my big day. I've heard of people who decide to change colors/themes halfway through planning and that is terrifying to me! When 2017 rolls around, I'll have a game plan and a budget and I'll know my tastes well enough at that point to know exactly what I'm going for.
3. I've got time to work on that wedding boddddd. I'm halfway joking, and halfway serious. ;) I recently got a gym membership with some of my close friends and now I've gotten kind of addicted to it. Hopefully I'll have a sick six pack by 2017. (Or a four-pack. I'll honestly take what I can get.)
4. We get the perks of commitment, without the stresses of marriage. This one is pretty nice, I can't lie. The other night Bradley and I brought home dinner to his place, watched a movie, and got to "play house" for a little while. Then I got to drive home and climb into a bed of my own, and the next morning I got to wake up and only worry about myself, getting ready for my day. Marriage will be a different story; I'll no longer get the luxury of only concerning myself with my life, but I'll have to worry about another person's life, too. Don't get me wrong: I signed up for this. I want to be an intricate part of his life, but I plan on thoroughly enjoying the last few "Me" years I have left.
5. We'll be a lot more prepared for marriage in general. All wedding talk aside, I'm preparing to become one with a person spiritually, emotionally, and let's not forget legally, for the rest of my life. I want to know the ins and outs of what I'm about to get into. I already know that we agree on the very basics of things (finances, religion, politics, etc.) but we still need to cover other things, like when we should buy a house, how to divide up the chores of our household, things like that. One thing IS for sure though... we got the baby names part down. ;)
6. It's none of your business anyway. (Okay, I cheated here. This isn't a reason why it rocks.) This is simply me telling to whom it may concern that the decisions I make for my life don't concern you. I'll get married when I'm ready, and when I want to. Point blank, period.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Names I'm lovin' lately: Blakely, Bertram, and more.

It's been almost a week since my last post! I didn't realize it because I have had so much going on. I've started back to school, and I recently got a gym membership with two of my best friends and we've gone 3 times this week! I actually enjoy working out which is super weird for me, and I'm excited to see some results from it!
Anyway, back to the business: Names.
This post will be a short one because I've got to do some homework. Here are some of the names I've been loving this week:
Blakely-- I think all of this talk of Blake Lively and her baby has made me fond of Blakely lately. I love the thought of Blake for a little girl.
Nola-- I don't think I'd ever use it but I love the idea of it. Bradley's grandpa's name was Nolan, so this would be a cool way to honor him.
Seraphina-- Not usually a fan of elaborate, frilly names, but this one is so exceptional. Fia would be the nickname I would use for it.
Gianna-- Very Italian. It's sassy, and full of life.
Lucienne-- A beautiful, French girl name. Like Seraphina, this isn't my typical style but I think it's so beautiful.
Romy-- The spunkier the girl name, the better, in my opinion. This one busts the spunky scale.
Eliza-- I've never really been fond of Eliza until recently. I saw it on a baby girl, and she wore the name well.
Phineas-- Okay, the spelling is way out there for me. But I met a three year old, redheaded boy at work this week with this name and it was SO CUTE on him! He went by "Finn" of course.
Dash-- Bryan Singer welcomed a baby boy with this first name Dashiell this week. I would be truly surprised if Dashiell/Dash didn't start catching on within the next year.
Julius-- Julius is one of baby Dashiell Singer's middle names (the other is William.) If you can't tell, I love what Bryan Singer named his son!
Bertram-- This is a very vintage name that I could foresee catching on. The only down side is the nickname Bert, because I love the name as a whole.
Jeb-- Here's another vintage name for ya. Don't think I'd ever use it. I would totally use Jedidiah as an alternative to Jeb though!
Cassian-- Doesn't Cassian sound like a little Roman warrior? Love it.
Maceo-- I saw a picture of Halle Berry's adorable baby boy this week, and it got me thinking about his wonderful first name. Maceo feels cultured, different, yet right on trend.
Okay guys, that's it! Sorry for the shortness of this post, but homework awaits! Talk to you guys soon!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Ask Anything Thursday Answers (on a Saturday): 1/3/15

Hope everyone had an awesome New Year! I'm going to get back to the grindstone with some Q & A. :)
"What names are you crushing on right now?"
At the moment? Hmm.. I'd say my current girl name crush is Lillian. Not Lily; Lillian. Lillian just feels so formal and fresh, even though it is rather high on the popularity charts. My current boy name crush is Tate... I've got AHS on the brain. ;)
"Would you pick a family name over a name that you really love? I feel torn."
This is a good question. I think a lot of people are torn on this one. Personally, no, I wouldn't. I think honoring family is a sweet thing to do, but I would never ever use a name that I felt lukewarm about, over a name that I really love. If you don't really love a family name that you feel like you should use, put it in the middle spot. It's the safest way to go. I may even post about creative ways to honor a family member. :) 
"How do you feel about the name Paxton?? Is it getting too popular??"
Paxton is just okay. I've never felt strongly towards the name either way. I do feel like I'm hearing of a lot of baby Paxtons lately.
"Did your fiancé think your baby name hobby was weird?"
I'm sure he did at first, lol. But he's never said anything bad about it, and he's always been really supportive of this weird little quirk of mine.
Alright and that's it guys! I know I haven't been posting #selfiesaturdays/sundays but they are coming, I promise. I'll be posting again soon!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Celeb Baby Names 2014: The Awesome and the Atrocious, according to Kaitlyn.

Here we are at the end of another year! In the naming world, this means two things:
1. We can talk about the year's best and worst baby names.
2. We can start to predict popular names for next year.
And this post is focusing on the first!
There were some AWESOME baby names this year. I was impressed with so many star babies. 
The Awesome:
Apollo Bowie Flynn-- I knew Gwen Stefani would pull through for me. Gwen has been my Hollaback Girl since 05', and She's been naming her boys incredibly for about that long. Kingston James and Zuma Nesta Rock are big brothers to Apollo, so I couldn't wait to hear what Gwen picked and I was so excited when I heard she had picked Apollo. It's quirky, and stylistically matches with her other kids' monikers so I give this name an A+.
Alexander Frost-- Zac Brown of the Zac Brown band had a baby boy this year: Alexander Frost. Alexander is a classic boy name that has been consistently popular for years. The middle name is what got me. I'm kind of fascinated at their choice of middle and I'm curious as to if it's a family name.
Charlie West-- David Arquette's newest addition didn't let me down either. With all of the girl Charlies floating around, it was refreshing to see a Charlie, especially since it honored one of David's grandfather's acting roles. West is possibly my favorite middle name for a boy name. Also, the vintage Charlie goes with his older sister Coco quite well, in my opinion. Great job, David. Really, Bravo!
Fordham Rhys-- Remember The Rosenbaums of Bachelorette's past? They had a baby boy and his name is Fordham Rhys. It's grown on me a lot. Where at first I was a bit iffy on this name, now I love it.
 Leonore Lilian Maria-- Here's a royal baby to throw in the mix. This is Princess Madeleine of Sweden's baby girl. Typically royal baby names are rather boring, but this one has flair for sure.
Bridget Monroe-- I had high expectations for pregnancy guru Rosie Pope and again I wasn't disappointed. This name is classy, vintage, yet has an edge.
Fianna Francis-- Danny Masterson's choice for his daughter opened up the doors for me to my new Name Love, Fianna. I think it's so beautiful.
Philomena Bijou-- Don't get me wrong; I'd never use this name. Not my taste at all. But I admire Daphne Oz's courage to use this mouthful for her daughter! So elaborate and eccentric.
The Atrocious:
Jaxon Wyatt-- I don't hate the name Wyatt, I promise. I dislike this name so much for this reason: Kristin Cavalarri already has a son named Camden Jack. She already has "Jack" in one of her kid's names! Just because you change the spelling doesn't make it a different name. *rolls eyes*
Saint Laszlo-- Pete Wentz and his girlfriend named their son this. I knew his name would be outlandish-- his eldest son with Ashlee Simpson is named Bronx Mowgli. But Saint is kind of a lot of pressure to put on a kid.
Eric-- I can't say I'm completely surprised that Simon Cowell named his son this. Eric is simply dated.
Reign Aston-- Let's talk about the newest little Kardashian baby. First Kourtney had Mason Dash and Penelope Scotland-- Names that are not to far from the beaten path. And then there is Reign Aston. I dislike it so much because it doesn't match his siblings names at all.
Wyatt Isabelle-- Probably my biggest celebrity baby name let down of the year. I'm sorry, but taking a traditionally masculine first name and pairing it with a hyper-feminine middle doesn't make it a girl name. I thought Mila and Ashton would get more creative than this. Bummer.
Royal Reign-- Can we talk about how cheesy Lil Kim's choice for her daughter is? We get it, you want her to be fabulous. This name is just too much.
Summer Rain-- Speaking of cheesy, this is the name that Christina Aguilera chose for her daughter. I had high hopes for her; Her son's name is Max Liron, which is pretty cool, yet not to out there. Again, way too much.
Elizabella Dylan-- OMG. NO. Alyssa Milano just missed the mark completely for her daughter. Her son's name is Milo Thomas... How in the heck did she come to the decision to mash up Elizabeth and Isabella (Isabella is actually a form of Elizabeth so it makes no sense anyway) and pair this frilly name with Dylan. I am at a loss.
Other celebrity baby names that are worth mentioning, but didn't make either of these lists are:
Rose Dorothy (Scarlett Johansson)
Sienna May (Ellen Pompeo)
Alexandra Kalliope (Debbie Matenopoulos)
Vivianne Rose (Jesse James/Eric Decker)
Sunday Molly (Mike Myers)
Georgia Blue (Joel Nichols)
Delta Bell (Kirsten Bell/Dax Shepherd)
Genesis Ali (Alicia Keys)
Bodhi Ransom (Meghan Fox)
Booker Jombe (Thande Newton)
Jack Lion (Amy Lee)
Samuel Hawke (Josh Turner)
Lyric Sonny Roads (Soleil Moon Frye)
And that's the Celeb Baby Name Round-up of 2014! If I don't post until 2015, I hope you guys have an awesome New Year!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Favorite letters: (His is E, Mine is C!)

I have to tell you that talking about names with Bradley isn't easy or fun whatsoever. My taste in names is a lot like my taste in clothing; I love a lot of different styles. I love the preppy Livingston and the cowboyish Weston and the bad-ass Jagger all the same. Bradley really only likes a select few names, for both genders. So it's made it very frustrating for me.
The cool thing is that the names he DOES like/would be willing to use all start with E. (With the exception of two boy names that are family names) Today I'll share with you those names.
I feel like everyone (or at least every Name Nerd) has a specific letter that they are drawn to. I'd love to hear what your letter is, and some of the names start with it!
Here are his:
Eliana-- This name is rather trendy, I'll admit. But it's meaning "My God has answered" is so beautiful and that's why I love this name. Bradley likes it, but it isn't his favorite.
Everly-- This one was a contender for us for awhile, and is Bradley's favorite, but it didn't feel right to me. I just couldn't picture it on my daughter. I think it's adorable and has a great sound, but it just isn't for us!
Emmeline-- Our current top contender. We both agree that it's a cute name, but before I'd use it, I'd want to find a really cool, quirky middle name to go with it, to counter the frilliness that the name has.
Elora-- This is a new name love of mine. It sounds like a fiery princess and I loooove it.
Evie-- I thought this name would be a cool way to honor both mine and Bradley's side of the family, since we both have great-grandmothers named Eva Nell. (No, not the same woman!)  He's on the fence about this one.
Essie-- Okay this one isn't one we agree on. I just think it's adorable and someone should use this. ;)
Emerson-- I much prefer this on a boy. Traditionally a boy name, Emerson is strong, yet soft. Everything I love about a boy name.
Everett-- Bradley's dad's name. I love the nickname Rhett.
Ender-- I've blogged about this one before. Ender is simply cool.
Ezra-- My long lost Name Love. Anyone who reads regularly knows of my love for this name.
Emmett-- I'm just starting to warm up to this one. I know, I know, I'm behind. This is becoming quite trendy, and for good reason.
Elias-- This is a middle name option for us. I adore the -s ending for boy names.
Long before Bradley, and long after him, I'll forever love C names. They look so chic. So here are my own personal favorite C names:
Claire-- When I was six, I named my dog Lacy Claire. I still love it to this day.
Carrigan-- An undiscovered gem of a name.
Coraline-- I've adored Coraline since I read this book about the spunky little girl who wears the name.
Calliope-- I think this name has the potential to be the next Penelope.
Charlie-- Trendy or not, this is adorable for a baby girl. I'm a sucker for nickname-names.
Campbell-- A surname name that I like mainly for a girl.
Caius-- One of my all time favorite boy names. I wish Bradley would agree to let me use it!
Callum/Callen-- Bradley's picks for boys. I think they are pretty handsome, preppy sounding boy names and they have my stamp of approval. :)
Canaan-- Forever gushing over this biblical name. I go back and forth on which gender I like it better for.
Crew-- When I think of preppy boy names, this is the first one that comes to mind. Maybe it's because I think of crew-neck sweaters? Hmm. Not sure.
Cassian-- This boy names feels.... victorious. Does that make sense? Hope so. :P
Crawford-- Let's end on a surname-y note... This name sounds like a future little baseball player. I find it very adorable. And you've got the nickname Ford too!
That's it for today guys! Hope you enjoyed this post, and I hope I hear from some of you about your favorite letter for names! If I don't blog tomorrow, I hope you have a blessed Christmas!

Friday, December 19, 2014

#selfiesaturday: Our story.

{I want this written down some place. I want it to be out there so that we don't completely and inevitably fade into the background of history like many great love stories that we'll never learn about. I want to savor each wonderful, messy detail of us.} So here it is:
I met Bradley when we worked at a restaurant together for a few weeks. He was actually dating my ex's sister at the time, so when I saw him my first thought was "Oh, that's *so-and-so's* sister's boyfriend." And I went on about my day. Sparks most definitely did not fly.
I was talking to another guy at the time I met Bradley, but I remember preferring to be around Bradley rather than this other guy because Bradley has such a collected, kind nature about him. Bradley made me feel at ease, more than anyone else. I didn't think a lot of it at the time, honestly.
A few weeks passed. I no longer worked at the restaurant, nor was I talking to this other guy, and Bradley was no longer in a relationship either. He messaged me on Facebook, striking up a conversation. The conversation flowed well, but he was in no way flirty. I didn't think that he liked me. A few days after our platonic conversations, he straight-up asked me out of the blue: "So should I keep talking to you like this? Or do you want me to just leave you alone?" That was my first inclination that he liked me at all. I was taken back, and intrigued all at once. If you know me, then you know how direct I am and I was attracted to the fact that Bradley, from the start, did not play games with me. I wanted to know more.
Our first date was after school bowling and dinner. I was wearing Vibram FiveFingers and a thrift store t-shirt, and I'm positive that I was not impressive-looking at all. He lost at bowling that day, even though he is insanely good at it, and to this day I swear he did it on purpose and he swears that he didn't. Hmmm...
At dinner, he would barely look at my face. He would look all around me, to the side, down at the table, but not into my eyes. So I called him out on that. (Yes on the first date.) To this day, Bradley hardly takes his eyes off me at the dinner table.
After dinner he walked me to my car and we talked a bit more and then we went our separate ways. I drove away thinking: "That wasn't so bad."
The next few weeks was filled with simple, sweet dates. Our second (or third, I'm a bit fuzzy on that one) date was a picnic, and a walk afterwards. We had agreed that we didn't want to kiss on the lips yet, but by the time we had got back to our cars, he had kissed me on the cheek/forehead so many times that I just turned around and planted one on his then-stubbly face. That was our first kiss, and it was adorable.
A month after our first date, he asked me to be his girlfriend on March 17th, 2012. Clearly, I agreed.
The first five months of our relationship sucked. We will both tell you that. I think it ran through both of our minds to break up with one another, but I didn't want to jump ship on Bradley without giving it all I had. So I had a serious talk on the phone with him one night, basically telling him to be nicer to me or I'd break up with him. After that, we've basically been perfect.
Over time, we discovered that we both loved Batman, Old-school rap, and Reese's cups. We discovered that we have a polar opposite taste in food. I came out of the Name-Nerd closet to him and he was very accepting, and I came to accept his video game obsession as well. (Kind of.) We adapted to each others' quirks, and we've adopted each others' quirks. Sometimes I catch myself saying something and I'm amazed at how Bradley I sound.
Since March 17th, 2012, I have become a much better, stronger, more caring human being. I have learned how to pick my battles, and how to communicate effectively with someone you care about. Since March 17th 2012, I have found that God has a master plan. And all of the break-ups and hurt were all just pushing me in the direction I was supposed to go, and landed me in the place where I'm meant to be. Since March 17th 2012, I have been given the irreplaceable gift of a companion to share life with. Two proms, two graduations, two new colleges, one move, birthdays, Christmas', new jobs, new places, new friends and I've got to experience all of it with that redheaded bus-boy that was dating so-and-so's sister.
 I love how life works.