Unless they’re called William III, or Jesse James Junior, you might have gone through nine months of nervous brainstorming — what should I call my new baby? I found it to be a very difficult task, and my husband and I have spent more than a few hours debating about it! I guess I like short, catchy names, because all our kids’ names have no more than 4 letters. I also like names that work in multiple languages. And they should work well with our family name (van de Paal).
Our first baby is called SARA van de Paal. I’ve always thought Sara is a beautiful name, very old-fashioned, but at the same time very simple and modern. I like how there are so many As in the first and last name.
Our son is called PIM van de Paal. It’s very Dutch, and short for Willem (William). I find it to be super sweet for a small boy, but also very cool for big boys and grown-up men. And I love how it works with the P in our surname.
Our last baby is called AVA van de Paal. I love that name, it’s a palindrome name, and totally symmetrical on top of it! It also works great with our last name, with the As and Vs.
What are your children called? And for what reason?
P.S. Emilie sent me these sweet name buntings after Ava’s birth; they’re made by her friend Purvika and you can order them from her Etsy shop.