This morning at breakfast, I conversed over pancakes and eggs with my 27-month-old dining partner about the mystery identity of her sibling-to-be.
"Do you want a baby sister?" I asked The Boss.
"No, thank you."
"Oh." I nodded thoughtfully. "So you want a baby brother, then."
Her response, though slightly more open-ended, was decisive. "Not today," she said.
Regardless of The Boss's desired timetable, baby #2 is scheduled for a mid-April arrival. The Partner and I have decided not to find out the gender in advance. This question mark makes it necessary for us to brainstorm a first and middle name for both sexes so that, no matter what form of genitalia presents itself at birth, we will have a fitting name to bestow upon its owner.
One of the biggest problems is finding a name that goes well with the Boss's given moniker. We kind of made her name up. Needless to say, it's unique. To attach a more common designation to the next baby would either a) make The Boss's name seem even weirder and more out of place or b) make #2s name sound like a bored afterthought. This pretty much rules out anything on the Top 100 List of American Baby Names.
We are also finding it much more difficult to come up with options for a boy than a girl. It seems that there's more room for creativity when it comes to the feminine.
And, finally, most names ending in -en or -on do not mesh well with our last name.
I've bored you with all these details so that I may now enlist your help. Please, share your name suggestions. Even if you've never left me a message before, I hope you'll put your two cents in the comment section. We need all the help we can get.