With just over three months left before September 3rd, we are at the crucial point of trying out names for baby Erb, and although we've got it narrowed down to a specific two or three "top picks" at this point, nothing is set in stone. Let me tell you- Erb is a strong name, but somewhat difficult to find the perfect match. Thankfully, Kevin happens to be a pretty talented wordsmith, (as you can see from his post below) so he's helped us compile some good criteria for the best blend of a name that flows well:
Rule # 1: It can't end in "er" or "or," as it could sound like the first and last name run together. (i.e... "Tanner Erb" sounds like Tannerrb and "Connor Erb" sounds like Connerrb")
Rule # 2: It's got to have at least 2 syllables. Otherwise, it has a distinct Asian feel. For example, some one-syllable names seem a bit short and choppy. (Joe Erb, Max Erb, Cole Erb.)
And Rule # 3: Because of the vowel-sound at the beginning of Erb, we definitely prefer for it to start with a consonant rather than a vowel like in "Owen." And it shouldn't end in a "b," like "Jacob" or "Caleb."
Overall, we'd like it to be somewhat traditional, but not too common, and something that won't offer a lot of opportunity for nicknames. It's a huge task dictating what this little person should be called for the rest of his life and we all know that names have such a strong association for many of us- does it project creativity, authority, intelligence, lack thereof? Ahhh- the pressure!
Now for some other updates:
We celebrated the wedding of some special friends of ours this past weekend- Congratulations, Ted and Charity Murphy! You may recognize the dress I'm wearing, since it's same dress that I wore to another event back in March... At this point in the pregnancy, I don't have many formal dresses to choose from and I was pretty excited about fitting into the same outfit that I was able to wear over 10 weeks ago!
Last Thursday was our 24-week doctor's appt, and everything went well. The heartbeat was a strong 155 bpm, and I'm measuring right where I should be for this point. After that, we'll be increasing the appointments as we enter into the third trimester and go every 2 weeks until closer to the end of the pregnancy when I will begin to go weekly. All in all, I begin week 26 on Monday and things are still going great- Our excitement is growing by the day!