I jinxed her. I know I did. A parent should never express how great their kids are acting. Never. It is the Cardinal Rule of Parenting. Because this week she has been like a rabid tasmanian devil. She has just been doing exactly the opposite of whatever I say with a gleam in her eye and a smile on her face. She thinks timeout is a joke. She is dunking her toys in the toilet, opening cabinets and yanking out drawers until they are practically broken, throwing things, hitting people (like her MOTHER and her friends), yelling. Oh, the yelling. Not napping. Just doing every possible bad thing she can even think of. I am not sure what the hell happened, but could someone please turn back the clock to last week?
I would blame it on the whole potty training thing, but it started before that. So, it isn't that. Although, I probably picked the worst time to try the whole potty training thing--during a time when she is acting like a tiny, angry teenager. Allowing tiny, angry teenagers to run around your house naked is really just an invitation for disaster. I keep expecting to find cigarette butts, an empty bottle of Jack Daniels and a receipt from a tattoo parlor any second.
Today I almost started crying before noon because I just couldn't control her. I turned into that psycho mom on the playground/airplane/grocery store who was grabbing their kid's arm and saying things in a not-very-nice voice to their kid, who was NOT LISTENING and shrieking and just doing the opposite of whatever I said. The tears almost broke through when I heard myself.
Despite my latest parenting hurdles, I did manage to get a few hours to myself this weekend while I had a babysitter. Of course, I chose to participate in some Retail Therapy. Behold the acquisitions:
WARNING: If you aren't a baby name FREAK like me, then do not continue on. You will fall over and die if you read the next 72 paragraphs on baby names. (John, this does not include you. You are not excused.)
So, The Baby Naming Wizard. This is by far the best baby naming book in the WORLD. And, I already have three or four others. I've known about the website for years, but Swistle introduced me to the book. I can't believe I never had this book before! It shows all the popularity rankings (I am strictly against using anything in the top 10 for girls, ideally it wouldn't even be in the top 20....for some reason with boy names I am not as strict about this.) It also has names grouped into categories such as Timeless, Biblical, Antique Charm, New Classics, etc. I like a bunch of them, but my number one choice would be the "Timeless" category. It says this about those names:
Timelessness is a rare quality in a name, sublter than "classic" or "standard."
Many timeless names are indeed popular classics, but have never cracked a
top-100 list. What they all share is a steadiness from decade to decade that
puts them out of the reach of passing trends.
YES! That is what I want. I want my children to have names that when you hear them in 20 years you don't know whether they are 80 years old or 8 years old. Names such as: Elizabeth, Rebecca (duh), Anna, Claire, Caroline, Rachel, Andrew, David, Benjamin, Henry, Alexander. I also love the entire girl list of Antique Charm names, such as Abigail, Chloe, Charlotte, Lily, Madeline. You know. Classic, traditional, gender-obvious, spelling-obvious names.
I run into the problem of trying to avoid trends because the current trend is more classic names. So, I have a fine line to walk in terms of popularity/classic names. I also run into the problem of my husband who doesn't seem to share my excellent, refined taste for some reason. I also have a problem with many of the boy name nicknames. I like many of the FULL names, but once they start getting shortened, I am not a fan anymore.
The book also suggests sibling names for existing childrens' names. For Rebecca, it suggests:
- Rachel--love it, but it seems too "covered wagon" to have both Rachel and Rebecca. Doesn't it?
- Veronica--no. NO NO NO.
- Daniel--okay. Not my fave. Also don't want the nickname Dan
- Patrick--LOVE IT. One of my favorites, except I do NOT like the nickname Pat, so it is out because I really cannot handle that nickname.
- Joel--not my style
Unfortunately, none of the suggested names are quite right for me. The Rachel siblings are actually better (Sarah, Leah, Emily, Megan, Benjamin, Nicholas, Matthew, Adam. These are more my taste.)
Anyway, I'll have to keep working at it. At least after I recover from wrangling a 30-pound tasmanian devil into her bed where she can leap around to her heart's content, ripping things from the wall, taking all her clothes off and throwing everything but the mattress out of her crib. Then, I will read it. Well, first I guess I should clean up the kitchen. And all the toys in the family room. Then, maybe I'll read it. Except it is already 9 o'clock! How did that happen?