About Me

Lorelei was my childhood nickname. It always made me wonder how people would have responded to me if it had been my given name instead. I have 3 sons, $tell@n Th0rv@ld, R0b1n Le$zek, and $ascha Pet3r.

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December 21, 2018 10:15 PM
In Response to Oh boy(s): a novel

Well, to be fair, Rhys and Luka don't really feel normcore to us.  It's more of an observation of the fact that there are multiple names that we both like (Wesley, Charlie, Sebastian, etc) that just feel...disappointing and somewhat of a letdown, which is an unfortunate feeling to have when naming babies.


Mr. Lorelei read your comment and noted "Maybe not Elio, but I kind of like Elia" which is a somewht more attractive spelling/pronunciation of Ilya.  



December 6, 2018 07:30 PM

Yay! Congratulations on having a named baby girl! 

December 1, 2018 09:29 PM

Thank you for all the thoughtful, helpful replies! As an update, we all made it through and all three of us required varying levels of intervention afterward but on the balance we’re doing reasonably well considering they were 32 weeks and 2 days. We did decide on names after seeing them and spending some time with them in  the NICU.

Robin Leszek and Sascha Peter.  

We realized that we didn’t actually have to choose between honoring Mr. TheLorelei’s grandfather and step grandfather, as Robin is a diminuitive of Robert, (Step grandpa’s name, though he went by Bob and it was actually his middle name so we didn’t immediately make the connection). Side benefit, Robin is also a stealth honor name for my mom, as this was the pet name my grandmother called her by as a child (referencing the bird; my mother’s actual name is totally different)

Sascha...just looked more like a Sascha than an Anders, and that clinched it despite the repeated S with big brother. We also realized we wanted to spare him a lifetime of a mistranscribed name so we leaned away from Willem.

And to those wondering, yep, Leszek is said Lesh-ek. 


Signing off now. Thanks again everyone.

November 30, 2018 05:00 PM

Thanks. As I mentioned, Robin is finalized. I think Aron works well with it, too. 

Sascha and Robin do make a nice androgynous sounding pair :) 

November 30, 2018 04:47 PM

If it matters, your style match sitting here in labor and delivery in Wisconsin who will never get to name any girls at all votes for Delphine, as she will never get to use it herself. Haha. No guilt or anything.

November 29, 2018 01:48 AM

Argh, I cannot believe I haven't weighed in yet for you! You may have very well already pulled the trigger on a name for your new little one, but between Zinnia Delphine and Elke Delphine, I think I like the flow of Elke Delphine together but prefer Zinnia as a name.  Helpful? (probably not)


Congratulations on your little girl!

October 3, 2018 01:41 PM
In Response to Oh boy(s): a novel

So, yeah, the one thing with Peregrine from my perspective is that I'm not wild about Perry.  Pip, however, I could get behind.

I've suggested Rasmus before, to a good-natured eyeroll from Mr. Lorelei.

Viggo is a superlative name.  I love it.  ...And that's why I gave it to my cat a few years ago.  At the time it didn't feel like a usable name, but of course saying it multiple times per day now it's really grown on me, but it is, of course, now indelibly my little brown tabby cat.


I think we'll follow your advice re: sequential naming.  For me, Anders has for some reason floated to the top of my brain in the same way that $tell@n did.  I'll be sure to let you know how we made our choice whenever we finally commit to something.

October 3, 2018 10:29 AM
In Response to Oh boy(s): a novel

Unfortunately, Sylvester is indelibly the cartoon cat to us, but it's a nice thought.  Theodoric is adorable, but I doubt Mr. lorelei would go for it...though I'll run it by him. 

I did consider Mikkel, but for whatever reason I felt like Americans would really have trouble with the emphasis and pronounce it as rhyming with "nickel."  

I do kind of like Orlando.  It's funny how usable many female Shakespearean names are, whereas the male names from his plays are all much more italianate sounding, unless we're talking about MacBeth.  (Where on earth did Banquo come from?)  Also, my ongoing joke is that we should call them Malvolio and Benvolio, with Mal being given to whichever of them seems more ridiculous. What could go wrong?

October 2, 2018 08:12 AM
In Response to Oh boy(s): a novel

Well I have to admit I was surprised at myself by how many parameters I'd ended up with, and it certainly wasn't by design.  It was just a sense that it'd be nice to have different initials for labeling their stuff and the ending thing is just something that grew on me as I heard other people's sibsets and the ones that all had the same cadence always tripped me up. (Like a family with an Ava, Olivia, and Sophia, for example). But definitely the only one that I FEEL rather than just "think" is the normcore thing.  Because as you say, it's that sense of disappointment at a name like Wesley Peter, even though it's a lovely combination.  I'm feeling far more flexible about initials and endings but the normcore thing is just how I was best able to put into words the need to hit the sweet spot of "feeling good" when said with my first son's name.'s just hard to come on here and say "hey guys, looking for something that makes me feel a certain way" lol, because what are you all supposed to say to that?

FWIW, all the points you make are valid and I agree, in general. :)

October 1, 2018 01:38 PM
In Response to Oh boy(s): a novel

Florian and Ambrose are definitely the right planet.  Very zingy :)

October 1, 2018 01:37 PM
In Response to Oh boy(s): a novel

Man, I wish we could pull off Rafe, but I don't know that it would fly here.  I worry we would look horrifically pretentious. I like Nico but I think it's come up before and Mr. Lorelei didn't like it.  He has also vetoed Magnus, alas.

October 1, 2018 01:22 PM
In Response to Oh boy(s): a novel

Thanks! Yeah, I'm feeling a little more optimistic about the options we have, it's just weirdly confusing to have two to name instead of just one.  LOL at the Skarsgard thing, and at Anger and Mad.  The more I've sat with it, the more I'm favoring Anders...but yeah, maybe not with Mads...

September 28, 2018 03:21 PM
In Response to Oh boy(s): a novel

Yeah, I had actually suggested Luka as an alternative to Sasha, as we both really like Sasha but are hesitant to use it.  He was open to it :)  


September 28, 2018 02:42 PM
In Response to Oh boy(s): a novel

Apologies to Tolkien fans, obviously I meant LOTR, not The Hobbit.

September 28, 2018 01:54 PM

Nayeli is a beautiful name! Nothing wrong with Natalie, of course, but I’d be delighted to meet a little Nayeli.

August 2, 2018 08:57 PM
In Response to Brainstorm for twins

He guessed UK. I gave him partial credit.

August 1, 2018 09:04 PM
In Response to Brainstorm for twins


August 1, 2018 07:36 PM
In Response to Brainstorm for twins

Oh, thanks guys. I guess I should have specified that I find even the prospect of healthy, full term twins terrifying due to my clear memories of how difficult it was just having ONE newborn. Plus affording daycare for one toddler and two infants simultaneously and the unexpected expense of having to buy a large number of items for twins because we either need an additional one or we can’t use the one we still have (ie stroller, car seat that won’t fit three across but would have fit two just fine... etc.). I’m almost halfway through a pretty intense multi year educational/professional program and thus have long hours. So that’s just...extra. 

Aaand it‘s why I almost inherently disbelieve any post on this forum that comes in cheerfully stating they’re having multiples, unless they’re a long time poster we all know. Thank you for the links though, and the perspective, both of you.  If they are girls I will have to be careful not to end up with both names just pulled from Orphan Black, speaking of clones. (I have taken to referring to them as orange and purple, for anyone else who has watched the entire series).


August 1, 2018 05:17 PM

Seconded. I rolled my eyes at the title, snorted when I saw the author, then full out laughed when the first line was about  chickens. I have long wanted to raise ducks, myself, and now I have one more reason.

July 31, 2018 09:40 PM
In Response to Brainstorm for twins

Yep, nailed it. Trying to see the silver lining of getting to have three kids after all after deciding this needed to be the last pregnancy. Because all the other aspects are absolutely terrifying.