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Duana Names: Can baby make Three?

February 3, 2016 21:25:26 Posted at February 3, 2016 21:25:26
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana! As a long-time lurker, I never expected to be writing in. We have twins, a boy and a girl, and have spent the years since they were born swearing that we were DONE. (With much snark and vigor, I'm afraid.) And now - we are, somehow, considering reversing our stance and trying for another. Full Article

Duana Names: In Which I Expose My (former) Self

January 29, 2016 19:56:53 Posted at January 29, 2016 19:56:53
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, We’re expecting our second baby early February and are searching for a name. Gender is a surprise, and we’ve gone through the list of names we had for our first and don’t really like them anymore, so we’re back at square one. Our first is named Penelope, Nell for short, and we’d like to have a longer name that can also have a cute nickname to go with it. Full Article

Duana Names: Unlikely Inspiration

January 27, 2016 21:52:51 Posted at January 27, 2016 21:52:51
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, I wrote to you once before, a couple of years ago. Sadly, that pregnancy ended in a loss. When we conceived again, I couldn't allow myself to plan for the baby for a long time. But here we are, 7 months into a challenging pregnancy, and baby girl has proven to be tough and resilient. Full Article

Duana Names: Monday Morning Hatred

January 25, 2016 21:18:37 Posted at January 25, 2016 21:18:37
Duana Posted by Duana
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Hi Duana! After months of being totally stuck on a name for our baby girl, my gf suggested I write into you and get some much needed HELP! We already have a little boy, and after being in boy-land for so long I am really struggling to find a name for a little lady. Basically my problem is I HATE everything! My poor husband, family and friends have listed hundreds of names, and I am just a no, no, no. Full Article

Duana Names: If not Kanye, then what?

January 22, 2016 21:11:38 Posted at January 22, 2016 21:11:38
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, I've been so excited to write in to you since my husband and I found out I was pregnant in May (due in late January). I've been holding off until the 2nd trimester ultrasound so that we would know if we were having a boy or a girl. Unfortunately, our baby is already a stubborn asshole and refused to cooperate with the ultrasound tech. Full Article

Duana Names: Yes but No

January 20, 2016 21:07:47 Posted at January 20, 2016 21:07:47
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana! I read your posts on the regular to source out names, but I never thought I’d write in as I didn’t want to share the names that I coveted. But I’m now in a conundrum cause I’m thinking my name isn’t as fresh as I had once thought. I’m due in May, and we are expecting a boy. Full Article

Duana Names: Nerd-to-Nerd Confidential

January 19, 2016 18:36:35 Posted at January 19, 2016 18:36:35
Duana Posted by Duana

Duana! I've been obsessed with names my whole life and my favorite book in high school was Beyond Jennifer & Jason, Madison & Montana (cool, I was). Now that it's time to buckle down and name a human, I'm terrified and can't find the perfect name. I take this responsibility so seriously because I think this will shape who she becomes. Full Article

Duana Names: Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

January 15, 2016 20:27:14 Posted at January 15, 2016 20:27:14
Duana Posted by Duana

My husband and I are expecting our first tiny human in early March with the potential for a leap year baby (how cool or how awful? I still don’t know). Naming a person for their entire life is a lot of pressure. My husband and I are 80s kids so we both have super popular names. I’ve hated my generic name since 3rd grade when I tried to get it changed to Darby (no luck, but in hindsight that was probably best). Full Article

Duana Names: Does It Cross Over?

January 13, 2016 21:34:41 Posted at January 13, 2016 21:34:41
Duana Posted by Duana

We're expecting our first, a girl in early February, and having trouble with her name. We live in an area where creative and non-name names are the norm. We would love to name her something unique and different but also don't want her name to be too weird that it is a burden her whole life. Full Article

Duana Names: Is It Enough To Love It?

January 12, 2016 21:15:42 Posted at January 12, 2016 21:15:42
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, We're expecting our second child, a boy, on February 3rd and I'm hoping my question is fairly simple. Here's the backstory. Our first child, an almost 2 year old boy, is named Judah. We heard the name on the show Weeds almost 7 years before he was born, and loved it so much that we instantly agreed it was the name of our first born son. Full Article

Duana Names: I Must Have Tried A Thousand Times*

January 8, 2016 21:11:50 Posted at January 8, 2016 21:11:50
Duana Posted by Duana

Duana! This will sound insane, but my pregnancy brain is awful and I've MEANT to email you so many times but I don't THINK I have. I REALLY hope you will help me because I quoted Adele in my subject line* to try and engender some goodwill, plus I wrote in for help naming baby #2 but you weren't able to answer me because too many of us are desperately seeking your sage advice. Full Article