Ok, with a baby on the way, I’ve got baby names on the brain. With 3 girls already, we’ve exhausted our supply of favorite girls’ names. Since we just found out this one is also most likely a girl, we have been pondering ways to name the baby. Our first 3 all have middle names that start with “A”s, so we’d like to keep that pattern. The problem is, since we’ve used up all of our top choices by now, I would like to name this baby after a relative. My relatives don’t have the best sounding names… I don’t want to offend anyone here, so no offense, but Dolores (my grandmother), Phyllis (my mother), or even Lisa (my name = my husband’s idea to use it) just don’t appeal to me, to say the least. I was very close to my deceased grandmother whom my husband never met, but her name was, GULP, Frances. Now, I do not regret using the middle-names-start-with-A pattern at all, I think it’s cool and all of our girls have pretty names; so far anyway, but if we didn’t have to stick to the pattern, we could name her something we like with Frances as a middle name to use as the namesake. But, with our lovely pattern at stake, if we’re going to use the name Frances, it has to be a first name. After being blessed with 3 beautiful girls and getting to give them 2 names each of our choosing, I think it’d be nice to use a namesake this time. But my husband HATES the name Frances. I can’t say I blame him, he never met my grandmother, and I’m not a big fan of the name either, but I think it would grow on us and we could also call her by her middle name or a nickname. And, let’s face it, we can’t get more flak than we’ve already gotten for naming our third child Disney! That’s a long story, best to be saved for another post… but let’s just say little Disney is our happiest baby yet, so who has any right to say what’s in a name?