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Duana Names: Ahead of the Curve

February 17, 2016 21:53:06 Posted at February 17, 2016 21:53:06
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana, We're struggling with a name for our little guy due in March. When we started out, we were pretty set on Arlo or Wyatt, but we've had some difficulties and it's taken longer than we thought... and now those names seem super popular. Now we're thinking Jasper or Gilbert. Full Article

Duana Names: More than Just Math

February 15, 2016 18:48:09 Posted at February 15, 2016 18:48:09
Duana Posted by Duana

Hey Duana, I have been debating whether or not to write in, or whether to just go with the flow and hope that a name fights its way to the top of our list on delivery-day. I've been tempted to ask family/friends their opinions, however I thought a better option would be to get your unbiased view! We are due February 20th with our second, and we do not know if it is a boy or a girl. Full Article

Duana Names: Stand Up And Be Counted

February 12, 2016 20:45:54 Posted at February 12, 2016 20:45:54
Duana Posted by Duana

The emails about what to name your child are great. The emails telling me what you did name your child are even better, and yes, I promise there’s a thick update of those coming sometime soon. But the stuff in the middle, the stuff I couldn’t predict, is great too, and I’m looking forward to interspersing some of it more regularly. Full Article

Duana Names: About The List

February 10, 2016 21:34:56 Posted at February 10, 2016 21:34:56
Duana Posted by Duana

Hi Duana. I imagine that there is probably a significant backlog of emails from people who need help naming imminent babies, and I'm/we're not expecting, but I could use your advice. Long story short, we are reproductively 'challenged'. Both of us are individually infertile in some way or form, and while it's not impossible for us to start a family, we've got a road ahead of us. Full Article

Duana Names: What am I Missing?

February 8, 2016 20:52:33 Posted at February 8, 2016 20:52:33
Duana Posted by Duana

I'm due with our first, a girl, mid-February. And we've kind of chosen a name? and been referring to the baby by it for months now, only I'm realizing that while my fella loves it I don't know that I do: Augustine. (We call the bump Augie) I really want to love it but there's just something that's not clicking for me. Full Article

Duana Names: Gender-Neutral Doesn’t Exist

February 5, 2016 21:33:40 Posted at February 5, 2016 21:33:40
Duana Posted by Duana

Hey Duana, I have a son who's coming up on 10 years old who we named Rafferty, after an old-timey Australian actor called Chips Rafferty (we are Australian). Someone said to me recently that Rafferty would soon follow names like Riley and Rowan which were once boy names but which are apparently now girl names. Full Article

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