Eric & I have been together for 11 1/2 years now. Over that time, we've gotten pretty skilled at gauging one another's reactions to certain scenarios. We know what sets one another off. We know what little things will make each other's day. We see eye to eye on most major decisions in life... yet there are still a lot of things we disagree on.
Right now, the hot button issue is what we're going to name the baby if it's a boy. Please note, this is a completely hypothetical conversation, because at this point in time, we don't even know the baby's gender. Yet, we have the conversation regularly because I'm a planner & I want to refer to the baby by name from the second I know it's gender.
Like I said, right now we've come up with exactly zero boys names that we agree on. I am head over heels in love with a name that everyone else in the family loves too. Eric is lobbying hard for Eric Jr. & I just can't agree to it. I love my husband, but I don't want two Eric's running around my house. I also don't want to call him Rick or EJ - so don't even suggest it. This is also the same rationale behind shooting down his suggestions of Elliot & Eli - they're just too similar to Ella. I want something different. And that is where the problem lies, my insanely traditional husband refuses to accept my modern taste in boys' names.
To further complicate matters, you have to remember that I'm a teacher. I have taught many boys - some I have loved, others not so much. There are certain names that I just cannot agree to because of the PTSD associated with their names. All the teachers out there understand this, certain names just make you cringe. Eric, of course, thought I was overreacting when I shot down suggestions such as Mason, Tyler, and Cohen - but I have all three in my class right now & I just. can't. do. it.
So right now, we have no name picked for a baby boy. We've been in agreement on a girl's name since before we were even pregnant. Only time will tell if I need to break out my boxing gloves...