So, I thought I'd take a moment to write about Conrey's name...how we came up with it...etc. I would highly recommend that you take the time to read the post below, though, because I think that it is a highly valuable lesson.
Conrey...hmmm...back before I was ever pregnant, we talked names. It's one of my favorite things to do in the car or whatever. I'd throw out names. OCCASIONALLY (and on a lucky day for me), Mark would throw out names. When we'd see names, we'd mention them. Well, we both liked Pearce/Pierce, but knew that our friends had that picked out if they were having a boy (which they aren't). Jokingly, I said, "If we can't have Pierce, how 'bout Connery?" Mark said, "I kinda like that!" I said, "You know...I do too!" It might have been the opposite conversation with our roles reversed. I don't really remember. I just remember talking about it and the idea kind of stuck.
Fast Forward to once I WAS pregnant and we (read that as I) were looking at baby name websites. I found it on the website confirming that it was indeed a real name! It was top of our list, but Mark wanted to keep our options open...he always does...
So, you know the rest of that part of the story...we went through Keaton as a solid possibility, but we always came back to Connery. Cassie always came back to Graham. We'd give her 2 options and she'd always say Graham. You also know how/why we chose to modify the spelling and pronounciation.
Now, to answer Chelf's question. We HAVE gotten negative feedback. I have no clue why, either. I mean, when someone tells me their child's name and I don't like it, I don't let them KNOW that I don't like it! I'm not going to give examples, because you might know someone with a name I'm not crazy about or you might have that slated as the name for your next kid, but if there is a name that I think, "OH! That's odd/ugly/icky/etc.," I certainly don't SAY it. Both of our mom's have made it quite clear that they think it's weird...especially the new way. Mark's mom pretty much hates it, I think, but I know she'll get used to it! We've had other people say, "For a first name?" or "I've NEVER heard of THAT before............................" with a big, long pause. But, we say "BOO!" to them. We don't care if people like it or not. We only care that we've picked a name that we feel will serve him well as a baby, child, teen, and adult.
That's all I have to ramble about that. Just thought I'd write my say. :)
On a Cassie note: She's recently started saying "I Love You" back without prompting. I pretty much love it. I'll tell her that I love her and she'll say it back. FABULOUS!