It took us 39 weeks of pregnancy plus eight days post birth to name our baby. Naming a person is hard! We did spend a lot of time talking about it, but not as much as you’d think. We were too busy galavanting around Europe to name a baby, but we (I) did have a long list of names.*
When we arrived at the hospital we still didn’t know what we would name him, but it was sort of narrowed down to a short list**. Twenty-three hours later, when Henry was born, naming him was the last thing I was thinking about. I thought Baby Boy suited him well. I felt zero urgency to pick a name. We were getting pressure from EVERYONE to pick a name, which was annoying. Actually, now that I write this, the memory is sort of upsetting even now, five months later. I’ll name my baby when I want to, people!
On our last day at the hospital we narrowed it down to Charles and Henry. At that point we decided to pick names from a hat. We did it about ten times and it was 50/50. Not helpful. We thought we’d decide before we left the hospital, but our last nurse was a nasty lady, and she really made me mad. I refused to name the baby while upset. So we left with Baby Boy, who we would temporarily call Henry. I continued to call him Baby Boy, but everyone else called him Henry.
Henry sort of stuck. Eight days after his birth, on November 2 (the same day his cord stump fell off), my mom and I went back to the hospital and made it official.
We chose Henry for two reasons.
- Peter’s dad is Wilford Heinrich. We almost went with Heinrich, but chose to anglicize it instead.
- We wanted a name that had something to do with where the baby was born. We live on Wadsworth Street, and right off of the Longfellow Bridge.
*Here was our long list (in order of popularity): Benjamin, Charles, Thomas, Nolan, Max, Wesley, George, Lincoln, Harrison, Ezra, Calvin, Theodore, Edwin, Edgar, Emerson, Gregory, Arthur, Beau, Russell, Davis, Franklin, Alvin, Rhett, Lawson, Wilson, Clark, Stanley, Leonard, Winston, Edison, Amos, Dale, Fredrick, Grover, Otis, Anson, Gustav, Prescott, Morris, Smith, Bernie
**Here was our short list (in order of popularity): Henry, Charles, Max, George, Theodore, Russell, Clark, Fredrick, Stanley, Prescott