We didn’t find out either of our two children’s sex until birth. It was partly a desire to put off the inevitable crush of gendering as long as possible, partly a piece of my generally low-intervention experiencing-my-body approach to pregnancy. But it meant we came up with lists of “girl” and “boy” names both times–different lists for each pregnancy, reflecting our different cultural moments (nearly 6 years apart!).
Since we had two penis-bearing babies, all those “girl” names are going to waste.
Well, we’ll use them for fictional characters and dogs/etc., of course. But we’re full up on babies.
So, I hereby bequeath those names to you … because I totally think my pregnant readers will let me name their daughters. (Right? That’s true, yes?)
- Emme [that's what Simon would have been named had he been differently equipped: Emme Lisette]
- Chloe [the Noah pregnancy alternative name--Chloe Adeline (for Virginia Woolf), though Chloe has since become way too popular, along with Sophie and Phoebe, which I also like a lot ...]
- Esme [um, obviously for Granny Weatherwax]
- Ida [for Ida B. Wells: are you gathering that we like the formidable ladies?]
So there you go …