December 17, 2007

Hallie OR Ava????

So I am a nerd. I am having a hard time liking Hallie's name. It has bugged me almost since the time we brought her home. I loved it at the hospital, and everytime we talked about a different name I just kept coming back to Hallie. After we came home, for some reason, I just didn't love it anymore. iIdidn't want to mention it to anyone, because I thought they would think I was dumb. You can't just go change your kids name when they are a month old right? So I thought I would wait and let it grow on me.Well, it still hasn't totally grown on me. So now I am in a real dillema because now it has been five months. Is it too late? I don't know.

I don't know why I don't like it so much anymore. Maybe it is because people call her Hayley all the time or maybe it is because it seems everyone and their dog is named Hallie. I don't know what it is but I just don't love it anymore. So I finally mentioned to Ryan that I wasn't sure I wanted her name to be Hallie anymore. He just kind of looked at me and said, "are you Serious?" Then he said "well what do you want it to be?" I sheepishly said, "Ava". I say sheepishly because this was the name Ryan really wanted and I just wasn't keen on it at the time. So he just kind of laughed anad shrugged me off. I don't think he thought I was serious. But I am. I keep going back and forth, wondering should I or shouldn't i? Is it worth it or not? Will I not like Ava in a couple months too? If I change it, will I later wish I left it? Am I just crazy? I just don't know. Decisions, decisions, decisions.

I have started callling her Ava the last couple days to see if I like that, but its hard to really know because no one else calls her that. And Eli is SO against it. He told me he thought that Ava was ugly. So is that my answer? Leave it as Hallie becasue that is what the 3 year old wants?
I have decided I have to make a decision by January 1. So I need HELP!!
What do you guys think? Leave it as it is: Hallie Diann, or change it to Ava Diann?
My child's name is in your hands.
You can cast your vote on my poll to the right.


Biscuit said...

I can totally sympathise w/ you. At the hospital Xoie's name was Bella Mia. We had turned in her birth certificate and everyting. We got home and kept calling her Xoie, so we called and had her name changed. People thought we were crazy, but when they got used to the new name, it worked out just fine.
All I can say, is go w/ your gut. You obviously don't want to regret changing her name if you are not 100% sure, but you also don't want to call her something you don't really like for the rest of your life. GOOD LUCK.


Gina Steinagel said...

Lessley...I don't think you are crazy at all. I've done things like that too. I love both names so either one you choose is great. But you need to do what you feel you need to do...and don't worry about what other people think. I would support you in whatever you do and would not think you were crazy!! Good luck with your decision!!

Christensen Family said...

Ava was the name I wanted for Bella, but Jason wanted to use the name Isabella so bad. I love Bella's name now....but I was so sad for a while about the name Ava. It's a beautiful name, I think. Hallie is a beautiful name, too, though!! You do what makes YOU feel happy. I love love love the pictures you posted, too, by the way!! You know which dress is my very favorite though!! :o)
She's such a darling little baby....and she would be beautiful no matter what her name is!! Oh, and by the way....I still want to change Bella's middle name every other day. Does that make you feel any better?? hee hee Love you!!

Savage Family said...

Good Luck with that decision I know you will make the right choice!

Danielle said...

Oooh...that's a hard one. Both names are so cute!

Anne Marie said...

Oh, she is so stinking cute. I love the pictures and I think she is darling with either name. They are both beautiful! That's probably not the answer you want, is it!!!

a-anderson said...


That is so hard. I know how you feel. After we named Lexi, I called her all the other names we were thinking to make sure it fit her. I love her name, but it is always a hard decision to name a child. They are called it for the rest of their lives. I agree with everyone. Go with your gut. Both names are really cute. I will not think you are crazy at all. I could see myself doing the same thing.

Julia said...

Okay, sorry to snoop, but I just wanted to let you know that I have a friend who changed her son's name after he turned one. So you are not too late at all. If my boy had been a girl, Ava was one of my top names. I just love it.

It might be a big pain to get it changed with the birth certificate and ss#, but it's better than living with a name you don't like for the rest of her life. I say go for it. Good luck! :)

Anonymous said...

I am having the exact same problem. I love the name Hallie, but everyone gets it wrong, and I don't want her and me to suffer with that for the rest of her life. When she was 3 days old I realised that everyone was getting it wrong, and we talked about changing it, but even then my husband said he had already bonded to her as Hallie. Now she is 15 months old and it is haunting me every day. Once again tonight, as I cried over it yet again, my husband said he will NEVER let me change her name. So I say change it. I would if I could.