Yeah, there’s probably a little emotional stuff going on. May as well not try to lie to myself or to you. It’s more of a SAD thing than a depression thing though. I don’t think Indy has made it above 20 in several weeks. At least not on the days I’ve gone outside. Good news is the snow has stuck around masking the dead brown that is Indiana in the winter, bad news, it hasn’t gotten above 20 in several weeks.

When I was pregnant with Addie I became the beacon of nestitude. I scrubbed tiny little half inch tiles with a toothbrush and Clorox bleach pen. I washed and folded tiny little baby clothes over and over. On December 13th I sat looking at my shower curtain thinking about how much I hated it. “There are going to be so many people coming over here and they’re all going to have to look at my ugly bleach stained shower curtain, this will not do.” So I packed up at 11 p.m. and headed out to buy a new shower curtain.

When are you due?” asked the checker.

Oh, um, tomorrow.” I replied.

I came home, hung the shower curtain, became wildly unhappy with the factory creases in it, took it down, ironed it, rehung it and went to bed around 1 a.m.

I woke up in labor just after 5 a.m. and I admired my new shower curtain the whole time I was getting ready to leave for the hospital.

Obviously, I’m now where near going into labor, but my closets are amazing. The transfer from regular clothes to maternity clothes has taken place. The bedding for my new bed (Thursday!) has been washed, ironed and folded. I arranged the bitty Addie clothes. I even allowed myself to purchase baby stuff yesterday. Because this is really going to happen.

Which brings me to the name thing.

Cody and I didn’t tell a soul what Addie’s name was going to be until after she was out. And sorry, but we’re going to be the same way this time. No amount of bribery will work. Besides, naming humans is hard. We had a hard enough time with the first one. And now we have to name a second one? Meh. That’s a lot of responsibility. How people can have their ultrasound and then announce “Sheboygan Follifuf Mullins will be born May 1” is beyond my realm of comprehension. What if Sheboygan comes out and resembles more of a Theodore than a Sheboygan? What if a CNN announces next month that there’s a serial killer on the loose named Sheboygan? Good luck living that one down.

Part of me still feels as though a boy is going to pop out next spring. The good news is that if that does happen? He’ll have his name already picked out. Sure, he’ll be sleeping in a pink bed in pink clothes for a few weeks, but he’ll totally have a name to go by.

by the way, meet my baby.

Miss Mozzi Sheboygan. (subject to change…)


  1. I don’t think I would mind the snow so much if it was about 30 degrees warmer each day. They are talking of it hitting 50 or something this weekend, personally I think they are lying…but we shall see. I hope it gets warmer in Indy too so you are feeling a bit better!

    And I totally can not wait to meet Miss Mozzi Sheboygan!

  2. She will be amazingly beautiful no matter what her name is. And she’ll have a family that adores her. What baby wouldn’t be happy with that no matter what you call her?

  3. I never told the names before my daughters were born. People are too full of opinions. It’s harder to criticize a name when it’s attached to a beautiful new baby. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I won’t even TRY to get the name outta you.

    Bridget Reply:

    @Sarah, I won’t try either! We told with our first and a)somebody STOLE his name(I still used it though) and b)EVERYBODY had a friggin’ opinion about why I shouldn’t use that name. Ugh. With the next 2 and now this one, my lips are sealed!

  4. I’m one of those that has picked out the names of my kids beforehand but always added the prerequisite that “they look like that name” when they’re born. So far, so good! But that’s just me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I’ve told my MIL that when we have a baby, she can be in the delivery room. My only reason for this is because I may be too doped up to be able to prevent my husband from declaring a “Spider-Man Wolverine Woodruff”.

  6. I think Mozzi Sheboygan is quite unique! Hoping you see the sun soon.

  7. There’s a lot of “crazies” in Sheboygan, WI. May want to choose another name. {wink}

  8. With both Zoe and Ana we went to the hospital with a list of a dozen or so names. No specific first or middle. Just a list of favorites.

    It ended up that “Zoe” wasn’t even on the list (and I’m sure Nick snuck it in as his last minute choice while I was quite loopy on c-section morphine… although I love the name now.) And with Ana… we forgot our list. She screwed me up by putting me in labor 5 days before my scheduled c-section. I’m still not sure where I put that list. (But I know “Ana” wasn’t on it.)

    However the name is picked… it all works out.

  9. I’m a fan of sheboygan. I wanted to name my dog HenchieDoodiePukie, so who knows what I will name my children……

    And yeah, i’ve been sad lately too. Good to know I am not the only one. Hugs to you Casey!

  10. We didn’t tell a soul our name picks AND we didn’t find out the gender! It drove my parents insane, which was sort of the point. ๐Ÿ™‚ I feel like you need to meet the baby before you can attach something as important as a name to her.

  11. If you and Mozzi can stomach it, it may be time for some dark chocolate. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m with you on the no telling thing. We did the same, as we didn’t want to hear that so and so knew a such and such in grade school and he/she was a bully who kicked kittens.

  12. I like the idea of waiting until the kid is actually born to name them. My parents were going to name my sister Ashley, but when she was born, they looked at her and said, “She’s not an Ashley. She’s a Lauren!” They were right. I can’t see my sister with any other name.

    I’m glad you bought some baby stuff. Yay for nesting! (But boo for SAD. I hope it gets better. *hugs*)

  13. We never told anyone the name we had chosen with any of our three. People have way too many opinions and I always wanted to reserve my right to change my mind! Nothing worse than a lot of monogrammed or personalized baby stuff and changing the name at the last minute. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’m kinda liking the Miss Mozzi Sheboygan though.

  14. Your weather update in Indy does not excite me. I guess its a good thing I am moving up there in the middle of March… hopefully, the end of the winter.

    I have a pregnant friend with the last name Witt… I’ve been trying to get her to name the baby Dim or Nit. I don’t think she is going for it.

  15. Sheboygan is a town not far from me in Wisconsin. It’s a perfectly lovely place to be named after ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so excited for you and your family. Congratulations again!

  16. You think naming girl #2 is hard? Try naming girl #4. Now that’s tricky!

    I agree with previous commenters: what’s up with people thinking they get to have an opinion on what you name your kids?!? It’s so annoying!

  17. Kathy from NJ says:

    I agree that the baby’s name should not be public until the baby arrives. My favorite oldest nephew was Brian for 9 months, when he arrived he was David.

  18. You bought wee little things? Oh that makes me so happy for you.

    I told people the first time around. I heard all sorts of nonsense that emotional pregnant women shouldn’t have to listen too. The second time? We didn’t tell anyone the name. Which didn’t matter in the end, since she wasn’t born a boy. The third time? I flat out lied. Ha. I’d even tell people, I’ll tell you but you can’t tell a soul. Then I’d tell them a fake name. Even funnier? The next person? I’d do the same thing too and tell a different name. My whole family was confused when my son was born.

  19. From the South Hampton Sheboygans?

  20. If you really want to nest and you’ve completed your house, I have an open invitation for you to come on down to Maryland and nest away in my house ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh and Dana is a lovely name for Mozzi, even if she becomes a he.

  21. I, too, dont want to tell anyone what we name baby #1, but as we haven’t figured that out yet ourselves, I feel like the secret is safe for now!
    However, my brother reminds me all the time that if you don’t like the name you picked out, you can always have it changed one time at the courthouse for $25 before they turn 1. How does he know you may ask? He changed daughter #2’s name at 7 months. It takes everything I have to smile and nod when he reminds me of this because I am reminded of how absurd the whole name change was in the first place!

  22. Sheboygan is a lovely name. She can go by Shebby. Like Shelby, but with a speech impediment.

  23. We can never, ever have a boy because my BIL and his wife stole the only boy name we could even come close to agreeing on. Seriously. Stole it. As in, they knew we were going to use it if we had a boy, but decided it was fair game when Alexis showed up with a vagina. I’m still crazy bitter about it, in case you couldn’t tell.

    Of course, if I were pregnant right now, I’d be naming the baby after your nuts.

  24. Ah! I can’ wait to hold her. I MUST be one of the first. MUST!

  25. we are big fat tellers of gender AND name.

    and when moz pops out? sluiters may have to come visit. ok…at least in the summer when school is done. i need a baby to hold!


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