Lily, Alyssa or Brynn…How Did You Name Your Baby?

After my husband and I were married for about two years, we bought a house and adopted a dog. We couldn’t decide on a name for our beagle puppy, so we took the easy way out and kept the name given to her by the rescue company. Callie quickly became part of our family and after keeping her happy and healthy for two years, we decided we were ready for a real baby.

After six months of trying, we were so happy to finally announce to our families that we were going to have a baby in January of 2005. The questions started almost instantly. Are you going to find out the sex of baby? Are you going to name her after me? Who will be the Godparents? What color will you paint the nursery?

Answering these questions on a daily basis led me to create my very first website. I uploaded info from doctor appointments, ultrasound pics, nursery colors and even fun baby name poll. Because my husband and I decided not to find out the sex of the baby, we had two polls…one for girl name and one for boy names. Our family loved the poll because they felt like they had some input! For girls, we couldn’t decide on Lily, Alyssa or Brynn and boys’ names were narrowed to Caden, Luke and Hunter.

By week 39, Lily and Caden were in the lead but we were still very much on the fence. When the baby decided to make an appearance, I finally heard the words I was longing to hear…It’s a GIRL! As soon as she was placed in my arms, both my husband and I said in practical unison, “Happy Birthday, Lily!”

Once we decided on a name, we were ready to shout it from the rooftops. I couldn’t wait to send out birth announcements to introduce our new angel to our friends and family. If you are looking for a huge selection of birth announcements that are super easy to personalize with your baby’s new name, head over to!

It wasn’t easy, but that is how I decided on my baby’s name. How did you decide on your baby’s name? Or do you have a great story on how your parents decided on your name? Tell me for a chance to win a year’s supply of cards from!

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