If you check the annual Top Baby Name list as a general What Not To Name My Baby reference — as many modern parents do — then this is the list for you.
You’re looking for a baby name that’s cool and usable, but you’d prefer if your child wasn’t one of many Jessicas/Michaels/Sophias in school — destined to be identified with a last initial. You moan and groan when your favorite formerly unique names (Henry, Penelope, Oliver) creep up into the “popular” zone, and you take your naming seriously.
And so I give you some of the coolest baby names that haven’t hit the Top 1,000…yet:
A few weeks ago we visited the Magic Kingdom as a family. It was Lola’s very first trip to Disneyland and our timing could not have been better given the happiest place on earth “just got happier.” Prior to giving birth we had decided that if we went to Disneyland we would at least wait until Lola was one or two. While our older daughter loves Disneyland (she’s just like her mama) we figured we probably wouldn’t enjoy it as much unless we waited. Additionally, given how difficult pregnancy was for me I knew attempting to go then wasn’t going to be in my best interest.
One of the things I have loved about having a fairly large age gap between my kids is that my older daughter is so helpful with her little sister. Sure, there are times when she wants to just do her own thing, and I respect her space, knowing that I’m the mom, and the help she gives me is just a fantastic bonus. But usually, Zinashi wants to be helpful with Elvie. Now that Elvie is exiting babyhood and becoming more of a toddler, there are fewer little things that I need a six-year-old’s help with. I’ve been trying to think of new ways that Zinashi can feel like a helper, and I’ve found just the thing: helping prepare toddler friendly meals! I’ve been looking for a cookbook for kids that is very simple, but has a variety of recipes that the whole family, including Elvie, can enjoy, and I think the Disney It’s a Small World After All: Feed Our Small World cookbook is just right.
As an adult, I love flip-flops because they are so easy to throw on, but for babies I love them even more because nothing is as cute as fat little baby feet in flip-flops.
I bought my oldest daughter a pair in the dead of winter and had to wait many months until she could wear them, but the sunny morning when I finally got to put them on her, my heart nearly exploded from the cuteness.
Disney has a whole line-up of darling flip flops for your baby this summer. All of them have adjustable straps so you can get an extra-long amount of wear out of them, plus they’ll stay on your baby’s feet!
How often have you stopped yourself from acting like a complete goof-ball around your little ones? How may times have you gotten so caught up in the act of ‘grown-up’ parenting, daily responsibilities and the stress that comes along with it all?
Lately, those two down there have reminded me of how very important it is to just. Let. Go.