This might be a slight exaggeration, but all women love to talk about baby names.
I feel like I missed out with my older daughter. We decided to name her after my husband's mother, whose name starts with M. Once we knew we were having a girl, I made a list of all baby girl names starting with M that were acceptable to me. I gave my husband the list, and we both picked out our top three favorites plus our #1 favorite.
We both had the same exact #1 favorite name. And our middle name discussion went something like this:
Me: "Can her middle name be _______?"
Husband: "I don't care. It's just a middle name."
It was a little harder with the second baby. We decided that we were going to name the baby after one of my grandmothers. One's name started with L, the other with E. Before we knew if we were having a boy or a girl, we immediately agreed on Lauren for a girl. But we had more trouble deciding on a boy name. And I wanted to pick one, despite my husband's insistence on waiting till we knew the gender.
I really liked Elliot for a boy. That was my top choice.
Husband: "Elliot is SO NERDY."
Me: "Oh, come on."
Husband: "That's what you like about it, isn't it?"
Then I started pushing for Evan. Evan seems like such a perfectly nice, normal name.
Husband: "I don't like the name Evan."
Husband: "Because I knew a guy named Evan and he was a jerk." (Except he didn't say "jerk.")
The L names presented more of a problem for me. I didn't like Laurence because Larry would always remind me of that guy Larry from Three's Company. I dated a guy named Leo so that would be weird, and anyway, Leonard was too old fashioned.
Although I hate to be a slave to trends, I finally got taken in by the trendiness of Luke and started pushing for that name. After all, there was a really cool boy in Mel's class named Luke. And Becky's love interest in Shopaholic is Luke. Except...
Husband: "I don't like the name Luke. It reminds me too much of Star Wars."
After much more debate, we finally tentatively agreed on Edward. I had reservations because of the whole Twilight thing, but when I checked the baby name charts, the name Edward was still surprisingly unpopular. And we weren't crazy about any of the nicknames for Edward: Ted, Ned, Ed. But I supposed Eddie wasn't too bad. I knew an Eddie who was a nice enough guy.
Then it turned out we were having a girl.
And then Lauren got scrapped for a very stupid reason. But that's a whole 'nother story.