One of the most satisfying parts of blogging is reading all the comments -- they can be anything from supportive and celebratory, to thought-provoking and even hilarious. I've laughed, cried and -- on occasion -- even gotten a little ticked off. But that's the beauty of opinion, right?
One comment I got yesterday asked a very good question. (thanks anonymous)
"why do we get to know Lucy's name, but not the names of her brothers?"
When I started the blog in June of '07 , Lucy was the name of the daughter we couldn't even imagine. We knew she would complete our family but we had no idea if she even existed yet -- was she being carried at that moment by a woman halfway across the world? Little did we know she was already four months old. It seemed perfectly ok to name our original blog "Taiwan Lucy," since she was someone we hadn't even met yet. And let me tell you, that name stuck. Once I was on the phone with a blogger who contributes to momlogic and she said "YOU are Taiwan Lucy?" My daughter's name had become a little brand... and that was not intentional.
Lucy, the week we started the blog.
As it is with many families, I was concerned for my kids' safety, and hiding their names was one thing I did to keep us anonymous. But, over the past year, there have been many instances where it would be very easy to find out our last name, the boys' names, and where we live. While I want to protect them, I know the blogosphere really is never totally secure, no matter what I do to convince myself otherwise. Besides, those out there targeting kids are more likely to focus on Britney Spears' boys or Brangelina's latest addition to the brood. And frankly, you come near my kids, I can't be responsible for what my mild-mannered husband will do.
I had always planned to change the blog to "Taiwan On" when Lucy arrived home -- it's not only our way of focusing on the family as a whole and writing about other funny or challenging things that come up, but I also intended to stop using her name -- but, let's be honest, everyone knows her name and my changing it to "L" now is not going to make her anonymous.
What do you think J & B's names are?
So... here's what I'll do. In all future posts, I will refer to my boys by name. BUT before I do that, you're just going to have to guess what those names are. If you already know, please refrain from spoiling the challenge... but, if you truly don't know -- GUESS!
I would love to see what people have imagined their names to be.