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50 ridiculous things we've said as moms 😂

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Posted on: August 17, 2019

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Motherhood is rife with ridiculous moments. And whether it’s telling your child for the fourth time that you can’t have ice cream for breakfast or begging them to stop asking Alexa to play the Paw Patrol theme song, it’s also full of ridiculous things we never thought we’d have to say out loud. How many of these 50 statements have you said this morning? But don’t worry about getting too serious—science says your child’s social skills (even the silly ones) are way more important than academics when determining future success. So feel free to get goofy, mama!

XO,

#TeamMotherly

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Hello, Swistle!

My family is expecting a baby girl, arriving this September. I have loved the name Eloise for years, and my husband does too. When we found out we’re having a girl, it seemed like a done deal. Barely thought twice about Eloise. Her middle name will be Anne, which is my middle name, along with my mother and sisters’. Her two-year-old brother is Remington Joseph, who we call Remy.

A few weeks ago I started reconsidering Eloise because of all the “El” names becoming so common. We have close friends with an Ellie, Elliot (girl), Ella, and Eleanor. I know these names are growing in popularity too, and now I’m afraid there will be several “El” names as she gets older, and people will have to think twice about what her name actually is. I love the full name of Eloise, and all the potential nicknames are adorable too — but maybe too common.

What we love about Remy’s name is that it feels unique without being totally off the wall. I’m starting to wonder if Eloise holds that same power. To me, Remy’s name is cool and a bit edgy; is Eloise too sweet and girly? Are the names Remy and Eloise from two different worlds, in the universe of baby names?

Other names considered:

Juliet/Juliette – My husband loves this, and I think it’s beautiful too. However, I don’t love that everyone would immediately think Romeo and Juliet when hearing her name, especially with brother Remy (Remy & Juliet sounds pretty close). I love Romeo and Juliet, but I don’t know if I want my daughter’s name associated with a tragedy/suicide.

Olive – I like this one. Husband does not, but at least entertains the option.

Sylvie – I like this one. Husband does not, but at least entertains the option.

Amelie – We love this name and think it’s perfect with Remy. However, we’d most likely be correcting people throughout her life and she’d mistakenly be called Amelia, especially as that name is growing in popularity too. Not sure about a good nickname either?

I’d love to hear from you and your readers!! All opinions welcome. Thanks so much.

Kellie

 

I love the name Eloise so much and I would hate to see you rule it out just because El- names are popular right now. On the other hand, I absolutely understand why you’re worried about this, and I would be too if I were you. My younger kids are in school with what feels like a thousand girls nicknamed Addie/Addy/Maddie/Maddy, and I have to admit it steers me away from even the much less common Ad-/Mad- names.

Well. I am not sure what to advise. My inclination is to push you to use Eloise. My own kids’ classmates have nowhere near as many Ellies as Addies/Maddies (I am sitting here with Edward, age 14, and he says he doesn’t know any Ellies at all—but I wish I could ask Elizabeth, because she is far more aware of such things; also I know she knows two Ellas), which makes me feel as if the El- names are not as much of an issue. But…my own youngest kids are 12, 14, and 14, which is like a half generation older than your new baby! The daycares might be currently PACKED with Ellies, and your own experience lines up with that possibility. I would hugely value input on this from those of you with littler kids: are you finding you’re surrounded by Ellerys and Elizabeths and Eliettes and Eleanors, all going by Ellie? Does it put you off of El- names a little, as I have been a little put off of Ad-/Mad- names?

I wonder if you would like the name Louisa.

To move on to other questions, I don’t see Eloise as too sweet and girly. Not that it doesn’t contain sweetness and femininity, but my first associations are with the bold and cheerfully naughty Eloise of the Kay Thompson books. Style-wise, I think of the name as belonging with other formidable-yet-fun-to-say choices such as Georgia, Philippa, Margaret, Eleanor. And I don’t see any issues with it as a sister name for a Remington/Remy; it seems to me like a nice fit.

Looking at the other finalists, I think the Olive/Olivia and Amelie/Amelia/Emily confusion issues would bother me more than the El- names issue, especially since Olivia and Amelia are both Top Ten names and you’d prefer something less popular. I was going to say I wasn’t bothered by the Shakespearean Juliet(te) associations (though I think I personally would get weary of the jokes), but Remy and Juliet does seem too evocative for my own preferences. I like the name Sylvie a lot, and even better as a nickname for Sylvia; I like it less with the surname, because of the almost-but-not-quite-alliteration of S- and Sch-, but that’s a very subjective thing.

Of your options, my definite favorite is Eloise, and I find myself hoping you will use it.

50 ridiculous things we've said as moms 😂

Posted by:
Posted on: August 17, 2019

https://www.mother.ly/my-journey/50-ridiculous-things-said

Motherhood is rife with ridiculous moments. And whether it’s telling your child for the fourth time that you can’t have ice cream for breakfast or begging them to stop asking Alexa to play the Paw Patrol theme song, it’s also full of ridiculous things we never thought we’d have to say out loud. How many of these 50 statements have you said this morning? But don’t worry about getting too serious—science says your child’s social skills (even the silly ones) are way more important than academics when determining future success. So feel free to get goofy, mama!

XO,

#TeamMotherly

PS. We love this surprising way to alleviate postpartum depression. Plus, here are the best and worst states to have a baby in 2019.