Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: sangamon river rat, illinois
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our daughter was our foster child for over a year when we adopted her at 20 months. we had thought a lot about changing her name. it's a very popular name, and if the doctor's office was any indication, she would be one of several kids her age with the same name. we also thought about naming her after my husband's grandmother. a few weeks before the court date, though, she learned her name & started calling herself that. we thought at that point, it would be really hard for her to switch, so we kept it. we thought about adding in gramma's name, but since we have two last names already, that would give her five, and that would be too many!
for a while, we had a foster son with a very popular name. so, introducing my two kids with fluffy names--it was strange. i'm not much for following trends & such, so people who did not know us well looked at us oddly!