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Posted by Jenny Gardener (Member # 903) on :
But I've already posted it elsewhere on the forum. Who will be the first to figure it out?
Posted by AntiCool (Member # 7386) on :
Is your real name Victoria?
Posted by TheTick (Member # 2883) on :
Are you pregnant?
Posted by ElJay (Member # 6358) on :
You're pregnant.
Posted by Narnia (Member # 1071) on :
She is she is!!! I saw it in the meat eating thread. [Smile] Congrats!! Woohooo!!
Posted by ElJay (Member # 6358) on :
Dratted flood protection.
Posted by MyrddinFyre (Member # 2576) on :
[Big Grin]
Posted by Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged (Member # 7476) on :
Yes, she's Pregnant. Here's the evidence
Posted by ketchupqueen (Member # 6877) on :
That's a secret? I just assumed, since I'd seen three or four posts that seemed to indicate it, that we knew. Congratulations. [Smile]
Posted by Jenny Gardener (Member # 903) on :
Yeah, I didn't hide it very well. Guess what? I was pregnant at WenchCon!! I just didn't know it yet.
Posted by Ela (Member # 1365) on :
What, you didn't tell your roommates first? [Wink]

Just for the record, I figured it out from SO's thead, too. [Smile]
Posted by Jenny Gardener (Member # 903) on :
Ah, but that was NOT the thread where my pregnancy was first mentioned. There is Another.
Posted by TMedina (Member # 6649) on :
*grins* Sorry Jenny - I caught the hint earlier, but I figured when you wanted us to make a big deal about it, you'd make a formal proclamation.

And on that note, congrats! [Big Grin]

Posted by Ela (Member # 1365) on :
Some of us don't have time to read every single thread. [Smile]

And I ain't going on a hunting expedition. [Razz]

Edit: Also, what Trevor said - I was going to wait until you officially announced it.

[ April 04, 2005, 12:24 PM: Message edited by: Ela ]
Posted by twinky (Member # 693) on :

[Smile] [Smile] [Smile] [Smile]
Posted by Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged (Member # 7476) on : this thread is answer

[ April 04, 2005, 12:22 PM: Message edited by: Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged ]
Posted by ketchupqueen (Member # 6877) on :
I thought you looked glowy at WenchCon!

You didn't get the Plague, did you? [Angst]

Because really, if I'd known there would be a pregnant woman there, I would not have brought a sick baby. I would have cancelled the trip rather than spend that much time exposing you in close proximity. [Frown]

[ April 04, 2005, 12:23 PM: Message edited by: ketchupqueen ]
Posted by Jenny Gardener (Member # 903) on :
Ding ding ding! Wowbagger gets the prize!

Posted by Jenny Gardener (Member # 903) on :
The Plague never touched me. And I even drank the Water of Doom. Whatever angels look after Wenches must have been guarding this little blob of cells that is destined to be a baby.
Posted by JaneX (Member # 2026) on :
What, you didn't tell your roommates first?
She did tell her roommates first. That's why I knew what her secret was as soon as I saw the thread title. [Cool]

Congrats, Jenny! [Kiss]

Posted by Jay (Member # 5786) on :
So wait…. You’re pregnant yet you and ElJay are planning a date?

Oh, by the way, congratulations.
Posted by ketchupqueen (Member # 6877) on :
I'm glad you didn't get the Plague; must be that pregnant immune boost.

But I still would like to emphasize that if I had known you were pregnant, I would have cancelled my trip. I don't make a habit of willfully exposing pregnant women to evil germies.
Posted by Ela (Member # 1365) on :
Well, yes, you're right, Jane.

Oh, and I should say congrats too, Jenny. [Big Grin]
Posted by TMedina (Member # 6649) on :
Pffft...and miss the fun of meeting all of us nuts?

Don't worry about it - the situation obviously didn't bug Jenny. [Big Grin]

Posted by Jenny Gardener (Member # 903) on :
That's because you are a Nice Person. But don't fret, I didn't know I was pregnant, either. And I would have been sad if I kept you away. I was so honored to meet you and the Princess!
Posted by ketchupqueen (Member # 6877) on :
Well, it all worked out. But I was so paranoid about stuff when I was pregnant-- maybe because even with my immune system pregnant-boosted, I still got sick a lot. Luckily, the bad ones kept away. But I was much more paranoid about germs then than I am now; I figure Emma needs to develop her immune system, but I just didn't want to harm her by something I did while pregnant.

But as I said, it all worked out. [Smile]
Posted by Christy (Member # 4397) on :
Yaay! Congratulations!
Posted by Jenny Gardener (Member # 903) on :
Kids help you get over the germ-freak thing. And I've been joyous lately, which makes me Strong, I think. Much less susceptible to yucky stuff.

So...I need suggestions for baby names...Ones that are cool, unusual, and yet acceptable to the husband... He won't even think of any yet. However, he will begrudgingly look at lists and make fun of names he doesn't like.
Posted by Dagonee (Member # 5818) on :
Woohoo! I thought I had missed the announcement when I saw the post in the post in the weight thread.

Posted by AntiCool (Member # 7386) on :
Posted by ketchupqueen (Member # 6877) on :
Mmm, I only really like old-fashioned names. Probably not what you're looking for, right? I do like old-fashioned Celtic names, though, that might be something you're into.

My favorite boy's name (we're giving it to our second boy) is Ciaran. Not Kieran (I hate stupid Americanizations [Mad] ), Ciaran. Ciaran Michael, in our case. As for girls, there are Moira, Fiona, Niamh...
Posted by Jim-Me (Member # 6426) on :
Awesome! congrats!
Posted by JonnyNotSoBravo (Member # 5715) on :
You could name the baby after an insect. that'd be unusual. Like Ladybug, or Spider (like Spider Robinson).

Or after a LOTR character: "Eowyn if it's a girl and Aragorn if it's a boy. And Sauron if it's an orc."
Posted by Space Opera (Member # 6504) on :
Yay for Jenny and family! When are you due? Is your daughter really excited?

space opera
Posted by Jenny Gardener (Member # 903) on :
Thanks for all the loving congratulations!

KQ, I'm just looking for anything right now. Some stuff I've thought of:

Boys - Morgan, Ciaran, Sage, Rigel, Rainer, Kestrel, Orion

Girls - Henna, Sierra, Coralyn, Titania, Jennifer, Penelope (Penny), Nora, Ilse

I like things that are unusual, beautiful. Not on the top 10 popular names. Michael thought of Henna and Titania. I like Henna a lot.

A boy's name has to go with "Michael" due to family naming practices. So Kestrel, for instance, is out. Doesn't sound right.
Posted by Jenny Gardener (Member # 903) on :
Due right around thanksgiving. The big sister writes me love notes every day. She speculates on gender and name.

No LOTR names. Bug names are cool, but will likely get the veto from the hubby. He likes unusual names but not TOO unusual.

Er, I should say he honors my desire for an unusual name. I suppose he'll know what he likes when he sees it.

[ April 04, 2005, 01:04 PM: Message edited by: Jenny Gardener ]
Posted by mackillian (Member # 586) on :
Huzzah! [Big Grin] [Big Grin]

(My sister was born November 28th. Her name is Aubrey.)
Posted by Space Opera (Member # 6504) on :
Jenny, that is so cute about the love notes. Operaetta told me last week that if we have a boy and he cries, she'll say, "Be quiet, stinkyhead." But if we have a girl and she cries, she'll say, "Poor baby." [Big Grin]

space opera
Posted by Derrell (Member # 6062) on :
[Hat] Congratulations.
Posted by ketchupqueen (Member # 6877) on :
Girls: Margaret, Elanor, Gwenhyvar, Talitha (the name of a star, apparently the name means both "third leap of the gazelle" or something; it also apparently means "little girl" in another language. It's in Ursa Major, make of that what you will.), Bronwen/Bronwyn

Boys: Caradoc (pronunciation: care-a-DOG, meaning: beloved), Brannon, Dafydd (pronounced "David"), Bran, Maddock (pronounced MAD-dog)
Posted by Vána (Member # 6593) on :
Oh, yay! Congratulations! [Big Grin]
Posted by beverly (Member # 6246) on :
There is Another.

Sorry--first thing that came to mind when I read it.

Congrats Jenny!!!

I love the name Fiona. I also like the name Colette. [Smile]

A couple other girl names, Porter knew a Monel with a sister Valency. Their father was a chemichal engineer, IIRC. [Big Grin]
Posted by kwsni (Member # 1831) on :
Andrea, don't name the poor kid Rigel. He'll turn out to be a two-foot green slug.

Congrats, btw.

Posted by Dan_raven (Member # 3383) on :
[The Wave]

Posted by amira tharani (Member # 182) on :
Congratulations Jenny! *dances*

Rhiannon or Rhonwyn for girls, perhaps - in keeping with the Celtic theme?
Posted by Jenny Gardener (Member # 903) on :
And I do adore Celtic names. My daughter's middle name is Fiona. Some lovely ones you've recommended.

And I like to know the meanings of names. And I like the names of stars.
Posted by Jenny Gardener (Member # 903) on :
No Bran. "Like, Raisin Bran?" I like the name, but too many Americans wouldn't understand it for a beautiful Celtic name.
Posted by ketchupqueen (Member # 6877) on :
Yeah, I know. I love it, but I'd never give it to a kid, either. Same for Mareigh; I can just hear the "Why don't you just spell it 'Mary'?"
Posted by ketchupqueen (Member # 6877) on :
For the same reason, probably no Maddock. The child, in America, would be doomed to a) constant mispronunciations and b) constant teasing when the pronunciation is corrected. (Mad Dog? You're a Mad Dog?)
Posted by Mrs.M (Member # 2943) on :
Congratulations, Jenny.

You can't send a child named Henna to school. Seriously. The teasing will be epicly unmerciful.

I have an unusual name and I like it now, but I was miserable growing up. I wanted to change my name to Susan. No one knew how to pronounce Kira and I could never find my name on keychains and stuff like that. If you give your child an unusual name, but prepared for them to have to constantly correct people and spell it out. I'm not telling you not to (I love my name now), I just want you to be aware of what your child will face.
Posted by Space Opera (Member # 6504) on :
Oooh, I like some of the names suggested too. We're no longer sharing names after getting a really ungracious reaction from one of my sisters about a name we're pretty much definate on. Honestly, I didn't care if she liked the name of not, but don't ask me what I'm gonna name my kid and then make fun of it, you know?

space opera

edit: I forgot to add - I've always liked the name Elena. It's unusual (around here at least) and feminine. We won't use it though because my daughter's name also begins with an "E" and 2 of them is just too cutesy.

[ April 04, 2005, 02:08 PM: Message edited by: Space Opera ]
Posted by Boon (Member # 4646) on :

Posted by Ela (Member # 1365) on :
I have an unusual name and I like it now, but I was miserable growing up. I wanted to change my name to Susan. No one knew how to pronounce Kira and I could never find my name on keychains and stuff like that. If you give your child an unusual name, but prepared for them to have to constantly correct people and spell it out. I'm not telling you not to (I love my name now), I just want you to be aware of what your child will face.
Yeah, but more people have unusual names now then in the past, so maybe it's not as much of a problem. The younger generation will have to tell us.

I do know that the kids at the neighborhood sports program (almost none of them Jewish) thought Shlomo was a cool name. And some Jewish kids visiting our synagogue over a holiday break made fun of his name. Go figure!

And even common names like Sara(h) can be misspelled. [Smile]
Posted by Frisco (Member # 3765) on :
Hatrack babies will take over the world. Keep up the good work. [Smile]
Posted by beverly (Member # 6246) on :
I hated my name growing up. Not only has the name "Mary" been ultra-common historically, but in my generation there were virtually *no* Mary's. The name had a connotation I didn't like: naive, old-maid, goody-goody, socially awkward, and *very* not sexy.

And I got tired of people reciting nursery rhymes to me.

But, on the other hand, I loved the Mary's of the New Testament. The mother of Christ who was told by Gabriel that she was blessed among women. The one Christ first appeared to as a ressurrected being. So it was special too, but more deep down.

That's why I now go as "Mary Cate" (my middle name is "Catherine"). It preserves the "Mary", and yet changes the whole character of the name for me. Now I just get people associating me with the Olson twin. But I like it much better.

[ April 04, 2005, 02:23 PM: Message edited by: beverly ]
Posted by dread pirate romany (Member # 6869) on :
[Smile] Congrats and blessing, Jenny.
Posted by Erik Slaine (Member # 5583) on :
<--Loves it when smart people reproduce!

Posted by ketchupqueen (Member # 6877) on :
My grandma is Mary K., also known as Katie; she went through a period of not liking Mary, so in college she was Katie. When she got older, she went back to Mary K. So, half the people who know her call her Mary K., and half call her Katie. (We kids call her Grandma Katie, because I think it just sounded better, or maybe it was the name that she used while my mom was growing up, or... I don't know.)

My point is, whether it's unusual or not, some kids are going to want to change their names. All you can do is try to pick a pretty middle name in case they want to go by it-- my mom named me Anne Hoffman Lenaburg. Now, when I got older, that seemed really cool to me, and I would sign my whole name. (Until I got married, etc. Anyway. Back to story.) Hoffman is my mom's maiden name (actually, her name; she never changed it when she married my dad, her second marriage.) But when my friends would say, "What will our fairy princess names be?" "I know! We'll all go by our middle names!" I'd run off crying. (They all had middle names like Juliet and Melissa and Allison.) They had to drag me back and let me pick an "honorary" middle name to have whatever name I wanted before I would play; the Magic Fairy Hoffman just doesn't sound right. [Frown]

As a result, all our kids will have attractive middle names. So there. [Wink]
Posted by Kama (Member # 3022) on :
Posted by Lucky4 (Member # 1420) on :
Congrats, Jenny!

I have to admit to initially reading it as: I GOT pregnant at WenchCon. Which caused a bit of o_O

How are you feeling?
Posted by Hobbes (Member # 433) on :
That's wonderful friend, congratulations! [Big Grin]

Hobbes [Smile]
Posted by Annie (Member # 295) on :
Everyone always freaks out about kids teasing, but you know what? Kids tease everyone, not just Anneke. So name him whatever you want.

I always wanted to name daughters Marcella and Raphaela, but now that I've decided to name them in alphabetical order, I'm pretty sure (hopeful?) I'll never need to use those two. [Smile]

I used to love the boy's name Aidan, but then it went all Jason on us. Grrr.
Posted by TMedina (Member # 6649) on :
[Laugh] Lucky4

Posted by Jenny Gardener (Member # 903) on :
Me too, Annie. Aidan would have been my daughter's name if she were a boy...

I'm feeling well, though I have to take an hour nap every day. And I eat A LOT. And I crave Taco Bell.
Posted by quidscribis (Member # 5124) on :
Congrats! And yeah, I also saw you mention it on another thread, so thought you were being low key about it. I like that now we can be all Yeah! Jenny's having a baby! and all that. [Party]
Posted by Zotto! (Member # 4689) on :
Actually, when I was in school, I can't remember a single time anyone ever teased someone about their name. It was more their looks, social "status", or character that got teased. And this was not because we were all named John and Mary. On the contrary, since a good-sized population of our island is composed of new-age-y hippies, we had our fair share of uncommon names. *grin* Added to that, of course, was the complete multicultural blending in the classrooms, so that there were significant populations of Asians, Islanders, and Caucasions, and smaller groups of nearly every other race I can think of offhand. In fact, the only race I can recall that was vastly under represented was blacks, which seems odd now that I think about it.

All of which is beside-the-point blathering. I mostly wanted to say Congratulaaaaations, Jenny! *confettis*

Posted by Morbo (Member # 5309) on :
Congratulations, Jenny!! [Big Grin]

I'm so happy for you and your husband.

No thoughts on names, other than "no way!" at Titania. You can find a better name.
Posted by Swede (Member # 7560) on :
Congratulations! Hope your fear for hospitals has somewhat diminished.
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