Friday, January 11, 2008

Name that Dog. Conclusion

When Trey and I were pregnant with our first child, we determined not to share our names with anyone until after the baby was born. Our philosophy was, no matter how beautiful and perfect we thought the name was, if we shared it before the child was born, someone would put the kibosh on it.

"Oh, my brother had a friend named (*insert favorite name*), and he's in prison for murder."
or
"I dated a girl named (**)in college." Total slut."
or
"I was totally bullied by a kid named (**) in the 4th grade. The therapy should only last a couple more years."

or my favorite and one that we still hear regularly from our pediatrician about our fourth child's name.
"Love it! That's my dog's name. I know where you can get some great personalized bowls."

We decided it was better to just walk out of the delivery room holding that precious little newborn who's breath smells like sugar and say, we're calling her (________)! All anyone can do is ooh and ahh and say how beautiful she is despite her old fashioned and possibly awkward name.

We were staunch about this. Staunch. Until now. We needed help and you answered the call. Thank you, friends! Your input was incredibly helpful! I loved your ideas about the dog's name! The ideas about the Diet Coke, not as much.

There was one name that I loved the moment I read it. I knew it was perfect and, although it took some convincing for the rest of my family, we now have a name for our beautiful new dog.

Thank you waitingonyou2 for the winning name.

Introducing Fern. Isn't she great?


Please don't comment and tell me it's the worst name ever because you knew a girl named Fern in junior high who ate glue and smelled like socks. It's her name and we love her.
We woke up this morning to another little surprise.
Fern's in heat.
Now whatcha got?

14 comments:

emily said...

I love Fern! Can't wait to meet her, may wait until she is out of heat though. Have fun with that:)

MissHannah said...

I love Fern too. Hope to meet her soon, but like Emily I'll wait until she seen the good people at the SPCA.

THESE 3 KINGS said...

Mel!..lol I cannot stop smiling or laughing at your post..you crack me up.. I like the name Fern..now as far as the heat..you may want to warn your guest to not wear their best pair of pants to your home until that is over..you know how that can be :) enjoy tho!

THESE 3 KINGS said...

Mel!..lol I cannot stop smiling or laughing at your post..you crack me up.. I like the name Fern..now as far as the heat..you may want to warn your guest to not wear their best pair of pants to your home until that is over..you know how that can be :) enjoy tho!

Candy said...

Well, I really liked Sonic, but Fern is great. She is really pretty. Keep her inside. You know what happened to Lady. They aren't particular!!
Love you guys.
Nanny & Bunt

Jana said...

Yeah. Well, Fern is actually one of my BABY NAMES but I guess I can't name her after the Hill's DOG.

I'm totally not kidding.

:)

Abbie said...

HAHAHAHAHA!! Ohhh this kind of stuff can only happen to YOU, don't you know that?? hahaha oh what are the odds...
I LOVE the name Fern! She is so so cute.
p.s. Don't let ANYONE give you flack about our diet crack, my friend. I've got your back ;)

Shawn and Jami said...

Oh Melissa...oh Jana...I really don't know what to say:)

Jana said...

Oh yes!! I'm serious. (Fern--you know, she's the girl in Charlotte's Web?)

However, Michael is *adamant* that "We are not naming our daughter after a plant."

So, no worries. :)

fully operational battle station said...

What, you didn't like "shark attack"??? That's rude Melissa.

Fern is pretty dang cute. Good call.

Jamie

fully operational battle station said...

The next dog that shows up gets the name Vern though. Because you just HAVE to have a Vern if your having a Fern.

Jamie

MissHannah said...

Jana, I always like Fern Funderburk, I thought is had a nice ring to it.

Grace Whisperer said...

Fern is beautiful!! Love it. Wanted to name ALL my children after plants myself, but the hubbie put the kabosh on that.

Flea said...

Oh, I LOVED Peace Like a River. And Fern is the name of Wilbur's girl in Charlotte's Web! Perfect! Fern was so compassionate and loved animals.

My shedding (can you say 'triple coat of fur') Aussies trained me to make my bed. I didn't like sleeping in sandy sheets, and they always sneak into the bed while I'm out of the house. Argh.

So glad to have found you!