The Society Security Administration released it's list of popular baby names for 2011. Does anyone care about this but me? Probably not, but I am always fascinated about names. Most popular for a boy is Jacob, for a girl is Sophia.
Since I had a baby in 2011 I had to look up his name to see where we stand. Malcolm ranks 499 for the most popular names. I am pretty pleased (see number three).
Growing up, there were four Jessica's in my first grade class. I was called Jessica Rebecca, to help differentiate. I didn't really mind, and by second grade they had spread out the Jessica's to where there were only two of us in each class. I didn't have a single elementary school year with less than two Jessica's in my class. It's funny that now I know very few adult Jessica's. Where'd they all go?
In fact, I looked it up and it was the fourth most popular name in the USA the year I was born. Now it is number 120.
So of course this makes me curious about my other kids.
When James was born, his name was at 18. Now it's at 17
When Isaac was born his name was at 48, now it's at 35
When Henry was born his name was at 95, now it's at 57
When Margaret was born her name was at 177, now it's at 187
I bet this is making you curious and you are going to go check for some names. I'd love to hear the name and ranking in a comment. I checked for some of my friends and their kids and couldn't get any numbers higher than about 550. I checked my Grandma's name and it didn't make the top 1000. Hmmm.
In every large family there comes a time when you can no longer have multiple children share a dresser. Each child must have his own. I have been dreading this moment because of the practical aspect of "Where are all these dressers going to go?" I recently had to choose between having a dresser in which it was physically impossible to shut the drawers, resulting in clothes all over the floor, and finding the space to fit more. I did some rearranging, cruised a couple of yard sales, and voila!
The bigger boys now have their dressers in their room on the third floor.
Doing this has of course caused a mess that has taken me the last five days to clean up. And of course the clean kids laundry can no longer be dumped into one room.
The best part of this new arrangement is the realization that both shorts and pants can fit together in a drawer. Long sleeve and short sleeve shirts can also be together. Before, each child only got two drawers, which meant the "big clothes switch" happened frequently. This new arrangement means I have to deal less with this
This, in case you were wondering, is a closet filled with 24 plastic totes. All filled with kids clothes. TWENTY FOUR. And shoes and snow boots and whatever else I can manage to squeeze inside there. I am just shutting the door and walking out of here.
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