I am due on May 24th, but will be induced on May 22nd if necessary due to gestational diabetes - so I have a definite end date.
We don't know the gender of the baby - so we're looking for both boy and girl names.
For a girl:
I found the name Cora on your site and immediately fell in love with it. I think it's a nice match for Lily in that both are sort of old-fashioned, yet modernly "sassy" and both are nature names. I like short names, while my husband really wants a longer name alternative for future use. So our first daughter is Lillian, but we call her Lily. We'd like a similar name for Cora and are currently thinking maybe Coraline or Coralie. Or course the Tim Burton movie version of the Neil Gamon Coraline graphic novel was slightly annoying, but I'm thinking it wont' be a major issue for the name. Any thoughts on a good long version for Cora? We're also open to other girl suggestions that go nicely with Lily. Oh and for the middle name - my husband is Chinese and his parents give the children a Chinese name. So Lily's full name is Lillian Man-Ching Wong and a second girl would be Cora (?) Man-
For a boy:
We've had a harder time finding a boy's name. I've pretty much come up with three that I'm okay with and told my husband he could pick. But I'd love to hear you and your readers opinions on it as well. The middle name issue is more complicated here because I really want to use Daniel - my maternal grandfather's name. I was very close to him and he passed away when I was only 10 or so. However, my husband's parents would still give a Chinese name, so we'd have two middle names- Daniel and a Chinese name. OK so these are the current top three:
Wong --> my husband LOVES the name Jackson. My concerns here are that 1) it seems to be pretty common these days and 2) I worry slightly about the whiskey association with Daniel as the middle name. Had Lily been a boy, she'd probably be named Jackson.
Wong --> I love the nickname Quin and it turns out that Quinten was my paternal grandfather's middle name (I had no clue!) So I like the double family tie-in here.
Wong --> I think this would be my favorite, but my mother has a cousin Zack who is not very well-regarded in the family. I keep vacillating between disliking the "bad" association and liking the chance to reinvent the name. I also think Lily and Zack sound super cute together.
I also wonder if the 2 middle names are too much. If I give up the Daniel thing then Jackson has no more issues with whiskey.....
And my "I should be packing but can't resist" short reply:
Some long versions for Cora: Cordelia, Corinne, Corinna.
A Zack-like name that isn't Zack: Isaac.
Would you want to use Daniel as the first name, maybe?