Our most common reoccurring fight has everything to do with baby names.
C. wants to name his first born male in his God-like image. No middle name. Just C. Jr. (Gag me. Pleazzzzzzzzz.) Maybe it's the fact that I grew up with a Big Cliff and a Little Cliff, wondering why parents would do that to their little bundle of joy. Or the fact that Big Cliff lived up to his name — he was a big failure at all husband and fatherly duties. Or because the sound of his name stirs up bad memories of every kind. Or that bestowing the "honor" of passing on your name to only ONE of your youngens seems pretty unfair to me (unless you're named Clifford, then I'd feel lucky to be the second son named Matthew). Or that it seems pretty self-important.... Any of those reasons seem like good reasons to me not to have a Jr. baby.
If that's not enough, I seriously think that ANY and ALL children naming duties should be a privilege that the mother has right to. (Bring it on guys!) If dad wants to name the dog after Jeter, by all means, knock yourself out.
Just remember, it's the ENORMOUSLY pregnant Mom-to-be that wanders around the ER waiting room, praying her water will break because they won't admit her yet. And when it does break, in public, it's the mother who looks like she peed her pants. If fact, she did pee her pants a little, from the pressure in her uterus, like a Hummer vehicle making its way out of an ant hill. But she doesn't care. Because compared to the "GOD, KILL ME NOW" cramps she's experiencing at that moment, a little urine and a lot of public humiliation is the least of her worries. Pooping in front of her husband and a team full of doctors is at the top of her mind. So is the needle that goes in her spine and what level of vaginal tear she'll be when the baby's shoulders enter the world. (so I've heard).
Don't get me wrong. I LOVE old family names and I plan on choosing ones that honor distant relatives, with C.'s input. But ultimately, I am not having a C. Jr. I'll have a C Jr. and call him by his middle name. I'll have a ____ C. Jr. and call him by his first name. But NOT a C. Jr.
What do you think? Should the woman have more say in naming the child?