Friday, July 1, 2011

Confession

I have a confession. My name is not Alex. Well, at least not to most people in my life, who call me by my first name. My middle name is Alexandra, and I’ve always wanted to be known as Alex. When I was six years old, I told everyone in my life to now call me Alex. They never did. After awhile, I was resigned to the fact that nobody would call me anything but my first name – after all, you can’t change your own name! But a few years later I figured out that I could control someone’s name – if I ever had a girl, I would name her Alex. When I had a “Flour Baby” (bag of flour dressed up as a baby) in high school for Religion class (went to Catholic boarding school – whole other story…), I named her Alexandra and called her Alex. And every guy I’ve ever dated, if it ever got serious, I made it very clear that my first daughter would be named Alex. But honestly, it never occurred to me that I would have a daughter! I don’t know why, but I always thought I would have boys. But this little girl surprised me, so now I’m finally having my Alex.

Over a year ago, when I created this blog, I wanted to be able to write anonymously. So I picked a name that I’ve always wanted for myself: Alex. And being the completely uncreative type that I am, I chose a generic title: Alex’s Adventures. I figured I would be one of the lucky ones (it took me longer than I thought, but I still ended up one of the lucky ones!). I’d start an infertility blog to talk about my struggles, and very quickly get pregnant! So I wanted a generic type of blog name, so I could talk about my life after infertility too. Well, it’s taken awhile, but I’m fully in my pregnancy (21 weeks tomorrow!), which is fabulous. I don’t think I’ll ever move past infertility – the other day someone tried to tell me I was no longer infertile, and I quickly corrected them… But I’m excited to talk about my new baby girl Alex, and other things in my life.

So it may get complicated, because in this blogland I love so much, I’m keeping my name, and I’m adding a new character: Baby Alex, or Lil’ Alex, or whatever you want to call her, as long as it’s nice! Yes, it may be a little complicated, but I think we can figure it out – y’all are smart! Now if we could only figure out a middle name – anyone have a good suggestion for a short (preferably one syllable) middle name that goes with Alexandra?

29 comments:

  1. Joy. Jane. Grace. Faith. Claire. Rose. Kate. Beth. Pearl. Eve. Gwen. Star. Or, you could always choose Rain (lol).

    Happy 21 weeks!!!

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  2. I am happy you finally get your lil Alex!

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  3. ADORABLE. And I LOVE unisex names. My real name is unisex as well.

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  4. How exciting!!

    Lynne, Marie (2 syl, but I think Alex Marie and Alexandra Marie are both adorable), Lee, Joy.

    (Marissa at Eggs in a Basketcase)

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  5. How lovely that you know exactly which name you want! And it's a name with a special meaning to you.

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  6. What a great story. And I can't wait to welcome Little Alex to your life. I like Lee for a middle name. Happy 21 weeks!!

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  7. Awww I am so glad you finally get your Alex!!! I love that name too, both the long and short version of it!!!
    Good luck, middle names are hard!!!

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  8. DItto on Marie. I know it was the 80s "go-to" middle name, but it is really cute with Alexandra.

    My mom went by her middle name growing up (a phenomenon I've never understood - why not just name the kid that then?) and switched to her first name in college. Until the day she died though, my grandmother still called her by her middle name.

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  9. I love Alex as a girl's name! I wanted to go by Chris, but it only caught on with some close friends.

    I'm no help with the middle name. Sorry!

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  10. cannot wait for you to hold baby Alex in your arms (although clearly I think she needs to stay in there for a few more months).

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  11. What about something like Mae/May? Leigh? Anne? Erin?

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  12. I love the name Alex, one of my very favourite students name is Alex. I think it was a self fulfilling prophecy, name your blog Alex's Adventures and then have a baby girl named Alex.

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  13. You were so smart picking a generic name for your blog! I wish I had done the same so I wouldn't be so stumped trying to pick a new one now. But that's a very cool story. I'm glad your husband is amenable to the name! Alex is a very cute name, and Alexandra is so sophisticated.

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  14. well, little Alex will have adventures too, so the blog still fits perfectly. Eeek, don't ask me about names. I am the worst!!

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  15. What a great story. And Alex is a great name for a girl. How about Rose? Alex Rose has a nice ring to it.

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  16. Definitely something that starts with a consonant. Let's see, what hasn't been suggested already? Jade, Bryn, Cole, Sage...

    Happy more-than-halfway there! xoxo

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  17. Alexandra May? Alexandra Rose? Alexandra Lee? Probably all names you've thought of already! Naming is such a fun part :)

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  18. That's a wonderful little trick you pulled on us! I'm so excited to meet the other Alex. And SHOCK--Bunny is not my real name either.

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  19. Ooh that's interesting!! You seem like an Alex, so I never would have guessed - haha! That is a really cute name - and it seems like a lot of middle names would go with it. I vote Lynn because that's my middle name hehe

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  20. Wonderful news -- I'm so glad you will have your little Alex soon! That is such a sweet story :)

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  21. Rae, Faith, Lia
    How exciting for you!

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  22. I love the name Alex, so super cute, especially on a girl. This might help, it's a middle name generator... http://www.babynamegenie.com/baby-middle-names/

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  23. Love! Hmm...middle names: marie, isabel, anne, margaret, renee, elizabeth, patricia...

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  24. Aww, I love the name Alex for your little girl! What an interesting backstory, too :) Please let us know what middle name you decide on!

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  25. I have never commented on your blog before, but I have read it for awhile. I am so happy for you and baby girl, but I wanted to make a name suggestion to you. What about Rose? I loved the way it sounded, so I thought I would throw it your way to ponder :)

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  26. It's a beautiful name and it will b perfect! And, yeah, I can confess to doing an incredibly similar thing for very similar reasons!! :)

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  27. Alexandra Lyn or Alexandra Rose

    are my opinions :)

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