Thursday, November 10, 2011
Today, we went to parent-teacher conferences at Harry's school-- they were adorable. Harry's teacher says it takes him a long time to put his coat and boots on at the end of the day. No shit. She should see him get dressed in the morning. Yesterday? 20 minutes to put on a shirt. One shirt. He sees something shiny and then poof! Concentration gone. She also said he is great at math. He loves story problems because he gets into the story aspect. Like if 5 kids are playing and 2 leave, it's not about the 3 who remain. It's about WHY did they leave? WHERE did they go? Cracked us both up. After the conference, he wanted to show Ben the library, and we got meet the 2 librarians who let him check out a book even though there's no school today-- he even got to operate the scanner by himself. A very big deal. We wandered around the hallways for a bit with a sleeping Cooper, trying to find the door that was the dead closest to our house, and as we passed a group of lockers Ben said, "Oh! Emmerson! That's one of my favorite names. Doesn't it sound great with Dennis?" I almost punched him. I also love that name. So why didn't we consider it for our little baby number 3?
Cooper was almost Wallace, Sebastian, Darwin, Bradley, Woodrow, Griffin, or Wyatt. I mean, he was really almost Wyatt. We loved that name and then one day? We just didn't. So we took the letters off the wall and Ben suggested Cooper, my most favorite baby name in the whole world, the name that everyone vetoed right after our big 20-week ultrasound. It was the middle name that clinched it. If we were naming him Wyatt, I wanted to use Bradley, after our alma mater, the place where we met as high school speech campers and spent 4.5 years in undergrad. Ben, though, wanted the middle name Dennis after his dad. I thought Wyatt Bradley sounded better. Ben said if we could use Dennis, he'd go for Cooper. The rest is history. And I do like the middle name-- Harry is Harrison Benjamin after, uh, Ben. Jack is Jack Leonard after Ben's paternal grandfather, and Cooper Dennis is for Ben's dad. Symmetry. I think we also went with Cooper because it's my favorite, and Ben feels bad that we won't have a little girl. (It's probably better that we don't-- you know she'd be wearing a bow the size of her head right now).