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September 2019 - Mood Baby

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Many low-wage workers are confined to filthy bathrooms, can’t get breaks and even lose their jobs trying to pump.

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It may not be the most scenic of positions, but labouring on the toilet is extremely popular and effective for some women. Highly recommended A doula from North Dallas Doula Associates posted a photo on Instagram of a woman labouring on the toilet, raving about the position. The picture shows the mum-to-be with one foot […]

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My best friend got married in a Catholic church, and part of the process involved counselling prior to walking down the aisle. They talked about a number of things, including children. At the time I thought it was a bit much. Why would you be talking about children before you got married? It seemed a […]

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https://www.swistle.com/babynames/2019/09/30/baby-boy-or-girl-petersen-sibling-to-graham/

Dear Swistle,

I’ve been a lifelong name nerd, and I’ve been reading your blog for years – I just love it. I could talk about names all day long, but of course, it’s harder when it comes to actually naming your own children. I don’t think I wrote in about my first son, Graham Matthew, who just turned 2, but we’re expecting another baby in March, and facing a few naming dilemmas.

If this baby is a girl, we have a name picked out that we’ve loved since our first pregnancy – Ava. We’re 99% sure we’d still choose Ava (saying that knowing we had a different name picked out for Graham our entire pregnancy until we met him and changed our minds!).

But we’re struggling with a boy name. We love Graham’s name, and we’d love to find a similar name that hits the same points for us as Graham:

1) It’s familiar, but not super common. Graham was almost named Jack – and now there are two other Jacks in his daycare classroom, so we’re a bit relieved we didn’t go that route (although Ava is extremely popular, so obviously it’s not a deal-breaker for us to pick a top 10 name!). We just like that it’s a name that seems fresh, but you’ve also definitely heard it before.

2) It’s a no-nickname name. My husband is Matthew, goes by Matt, and it’s a minor annoyance to him to have a legal first name and the name he goes by. And I just don’t tend to like nickname names. Again, not a deal-breaker, but a preference. (Also, daycare kids have started calling Graham “Graham-o,” so I realize no name is nickname-proof!).

3) It doesn’t end with -son. This is the saddest one for me. With the last name Petersen (not how it’s spelled), one of my favorite boy names, Harrison, is out. Harrison Petersen just doesn’t work, as much as it breaks my heart to cross it off the list.

Names I like:
– Everett (my #1 favorite, I love it – to me, it hits all the points above, goes so well with Graham, and makes my heart want to burst when I think of having a son named Everett. Of course, my husband doesn’t like it. He thinks, especially paired with Graham, it sounds too pretentious. What??)
– Carter (both my husband and I like it, neither of us are sure it’s the name)
– Henry (another one my husband doesn’t like – and one I pushed for in my first pregnancy to no avail!)
– Rowan (a pretty strong veto from my husband)
– Harris (not sure I love it, absolutely sure it’s on the list as a replacement for Harrison)

Names my husband likes:
– Aiden (we live in Minneapolis, so I worry that Aiden Petersen sounds too much like former Vikings football player Adrian Peterson, but maybe I’m overthinking it – plus, I just don’t love it)
– Colin (just ok to me)
– William (I like the name William, but I don’t like any of the nicknames)

Names we like but can’t use because of family/close friends:
– Jack (coincidentally, our best friends used this name for their son born this summer, not knowing Graham was almost named it – they have great taste. 🙂 )
– Ben
– Miles

Also, both of our maternal grandfathers were named Vincent, so we think it might be nice to use it as a middle name to honor them both (and our mothers). This is not a requirement, as we’ve found that many names we like don’t go with Vincent, but also wondering if you have other ideas that would go well with that?

Is there a name out there that is classic but feels fresh, is not a nickname name, goes well with the (infuriating) last name that ends in -son, and I can get my husband to agree to? I feel like I peruse the same lists over and over (including reading Baby Name Wizard cover to cover and back again) and nothing is popping out at me. Would love some new ideas!

Thank you!
Kristen

 

First of all: high-five, name twin. I won’t go so far as to say Best Spelling, since there are many things to be said in favor of Kristin and so forth, but I do get a little thrill to see Our Spelling.

Secondly, I think the obvious solution here is for your husband to come around to the name Everett. It’s the best name. We get so, so, SO many letters where there is a best name, and the ONLY problem is that the other parent doesn’t like it, and so we all put our heads together to come up with not-that-name options—and then we get the follow-up and it’s like “Yay, the other parent came around!” Could we not WILL this to be one of those cases? Everett Petersen! Graham and Everett! It meets all the preferences!! COME ON!!!!

Also: it’s not pretentious. It isn’t. I know that’s a subjective thing, and a matter of opinion and whatever, but also: he is wrong. Tell him Swistle says Everett is not only a dapper gentleman name but also a cheerful farmer name. Everett, in flannel and denim, leaning on the fence chewing on a long straw, considering if it’s time to sheer the sheep yet. It’s part of the name’s charm, that you can easily picture an Everett sipping a cocktail OR slopping the pigs OR BOTH.

And it’s familiar but not super common! It’s a low-nickname name! It doesn’t end in -son! It is FABULOUS with the middle name Vincent! Tell your husband this: Swistle says “COME. ON.”

SIGH FINE. Okay, then I want to rule out all your husband’s choices. William is too common with a name like Graham, and also they both end in -am, and also it is NICKNAME-RICH—pretty much the exact equivalent of Matthew/Matt except WAY MORE SO. Aiden is too common too, though much better on the nickname thing. In 2018, according to the Social Security Administration, there were 2,165 new baby boys named Graham, 14,516 named William (plus another 19,837 named Liam), and 11,531 named Aiden/Aidan. Colin is good, popularity-wise (1,472 new baby boys in 2018), and there is Colin Firth to consider.

photo of Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy, looking dreamy

Let’s do consider him

Colin Firth in Love Actually, looking dreamy

I mean, LET’S

I do like the name Colin. With Graham, I like it better than Carter, except that YOU don’t like it better. But I feel like Carter spins Graham to a surname name, while Colin spins it more toward the gentleman/farmer thing I like so much, not that that means YOU have to like it so much. Also, with a brother named Graham, Carter shares a few too many letters/sounds with the word cracker.

Let’s see if we can find some more names along the Graham/Everett lines, in case your husband doesn’t come to his senses, I mean come around to what is clearly the best name, I mean change his mind.

Clark; Clark Petersen; Clark Vincent Petersen; Graham and Clark
Davis; Davis Petersen; Davis Vincent Petersen; Graham and Davis
Dean; Dean Petersen; Dean Vincent Petersen; Graham and Dean
Edmund; Edmund Petersen; Edmund Vincent Petersen; Graham and Edmund
Elliot; Elliot Petersen; Elliot Vincent Petersen; Graham and Elliot
Harvey; Harvey Petersen; Harvey Vincent Petersen; Graham and Harvey
Louis; Louis Petersen; Louis Vincent Petersen; Graham and Louis
Nolan; Nolan Petersen; Nolan Vincent Petersen; Graham and Nolan
Oliver; Oliver Petersen; Oliver Vincent Petersen; Graham and Oliver
Reid; Reid Petersen; Reid Vincent Petersen; Graham and Reid
Simon; Simon Petersen; Simon Vincent Petersen; Graham and Simon
Wesley; Wesley Petersen; Wesley Vincent Petersen; Graham and Wesley

I included some nickname-having names, because I get what your husband is saying about it being a pain to be both Matthew and Matt, but on the other hand that seems like (1) a perfectly ordinary situation, like how you and I always have to spell our names so people know it’s the K & -en version, and also (2) Kids These Days don’t go by nicknames as commonly as When We Were Young. That is, any Matthew I grew up with was a Matt and that was that: the full version got brought out on the first day of class and at graduation; but Matthews born now are commonly called Matthew, and Williams are commonly called William, and so forth, and so I feel like there’s LESS of a “I’m always known as one name but my real name is something different” situation.

https://www.mother.ly/news/professors-holding-students-babies

We’re all about providing support for parents—in big ways and small. One shining example of this is the recent trend of professors holding babies for their students as they take exams or just take notes. These kind acts have been going viral, and we’re all for it.

Professor Ramata Sissoko Cissé of Georgia Gwinnett College went viral this week after she stepped in and wore a student’s baby for an entire three-hour biology class. The baby’s mom is a student who couldn’t find a sitter.

Cissé’s daughter tweeted a photo of the kind act. .

This isn’t the first time a professor has made the news for helping a student during a childcare crunch/ back in April, Nathan Alexander, a professor of mathematics at Morehouse College held a student’s daughter while the father took notes.

And several months ago Dr. Julie George, a professor at the University of Texas, held the sick baby of a nursing student while the 22-year-old single mom took an exam.

“She has always told us not to miss a test and to call her if we get in a bind,” Natalie Norman, another student who posted the photo on Facebook, tells Good Morning America. “Not only was she okay with it, she was so excited to hold the baby. She held her for at least an hour.”

And who could forget when student, Ashton Robinson, couldn’t find a babysitter for her 10-month-old-son during a business-management class. She told her professor and he suggested she bring the baby to class. As a result, her professor, Dr. Henry Musoma (along with the student and baby) made an appearance on The Ellen Show, in which Robinson was awarded a $10,000 check.

It is wonderful to see professors stepping up for students in this very practical way as some of the institutions they work for are stepping in to help students with childcare. But for every adorable viral photo of a professor holding a baby, there are dozens of parents who couldn’t make it to class because they had no one to do the same for them.

If more parents had access to affordable childcare while going to college, instructors wouldn’t need to pull double-duty as baby holders. But for those who hold one generation while holding up another, we’re grateful. These professors aren’t just educators, they’re heroes.

[This post was originally published April 23, 2018. It has been updated.]

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https://www.mother.ly/news/professors-holding-students-babies

We’re all about providing support for parents—in big ways and small. One shining example of this is the recent trend of professors holding babies for their students as they take exams or just take notes. These kind acts have been going viral, and we’re all for it.

Professor Ramata Sissoko Cissé of Georgia Gwinnett College went viral this week after she stepped in and wore a student’s baby for an entire three-hour biology class. The baby’s mom is a student who couldn’t find a sitter.

Cissé’s daughter tweeted a photo of the kind act. .

This isn’t the first time a professor has made the news for helping a student during a childcare crunch/ back in April, Nathan Alexander, a professor of mathematics at Morehouse College held a student’s daughter while the father took notes.

And several months ago Dr. Julie George, a professor at the University of Texas, held the sick baby of a nursing student while the 22-year-old single mom took an exam.

“She has always told us not to miss a test and to call her if we get in a bind,” Natalie Norman, another student who posted the photo on Facebook, tells Good Morning America. “Not only was she okay with it, she was so excited to hold the baby. She held her for at least an hour.”

And who could forget when student, Ashton Robinson, couldn’t find a babysitter for her 10-month-old-son during a business-management class. She told her professor and he suggested she bring the baby to class. As a result, her professor, Dr. Henry Musoma (along with the student and baby) made an appearance on The Ellen Show, in which Robinson was awarded a $10,000 check.

It is wonderful to see professors stepping up for students in this very practical way as some of the institutions they work for are stepping in to help students with childcare. But for every adorable viral photo of a professor holding a baby, there are dozens of parents who couldn’t make it to class because they had no one to do the same for them.

If more parents had access to affordable childcare while going to college, instructors wouldn’t need to pull double-duty as baby holders. But for those who hold one generation while holding up another, we’re grateful. These professors aren’t just educators, they’re heroes.

[This post was originally published April 23, 2018. It has been updated.]

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https://www.mother.ly/news/professors-holding-students-babies

We’re all about providing support for parents—in big ways and small. One shining example of this is the recent trend of professors holding babies for their students as they take exams or just take notes. These kind acts have been going viral, and we’re all for it.

Professor Ramata Sissoko Cissé of Georgia Gwinnett College went viral this week after she stepped in and wore a student’s baby for an entire three-hour biology class. The baby’s mom is a student who couldn’t find a sitter.

Cissé’s daughter tweeted a photo of the kind act. .

This isn’t the first time a professor has made the news for helping a student during a childcare crunch/ back in April, Nathan Alexander, a professor of mathematics at Morehouse College held a student’s daughter while the father took notes.

And several months ago Dr. Julie George, a professor at the University of Texas, held the sick baby of a nursing student while the 22-year-old single mom took an exam.

“She has always told us not to miss a test and to call her if we get in a bind,” Natalie Norman, another student who posted the photo on Facebook, tells Good Morning America. “Not only was she okay with it, she was so excited to hold the baby. She held her for at least an hour.”

And who could forget when student, Ashton Robinson, couldn’t find a babysitter for her 10-month-old-son during a business-management class. She told her professor and he suggested she bring the baby to class. As a result, her professor, Dr. Henry Musoma (along with the student and baby) made an appearance on The Ellen Show, in which Robinson was awarded a $10,000 check.

It is wonderful to see professors stepping up for students in this very practical way as some of the institutions they work for are stepping in to help students with childcare. But for every adorable viral photo of a professor holding a baby, there are dozens of parents who couldn’t make it to class because they had no one to do the same for them.

If more parents had access to affordable childcare while going to college, instructors wouldn’t need to pull double-duty as baby holders. But for those who hold one generation while holding up another, we’re grateful. These professors aren’t just educators, they’re heroes.

[This post was originally published April 23, 2018. It has been updated.]

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