Confused yet? Martin and Simon both have many names. But in both cases, their first name is Carl. As Martin discovered in post-911 US, it's really inconvenient to go by one name, when your actual official name is another. This leads to all sorts of confusion on documents and registration forms. It used to not be such a big deal - Martin could just be Martin. But no longer.
And somehow we ended up naming Simon Carl as well. We had narrowed down our list of names pretty quickly (or rather we didn't have a long list of names due to his early arrival). I really like Carl because of the nickname Calle/Kalle, which is common in Scandanavia. We had always liked the name Simon, and Martin, Martin's brother, and Martin's father all have Simon in their names. But we decided against Calle/Kalle (after my mom said it in this really American way that kind of killed my buzz), but we kept Carl and Simon and Jack (my grandfather's name).
And now we don't really know why we did it. Kept the Carl, that is. As evidenced by my recent Delta conversation (or visits to a new doctor) they think my son's name is Carl but it's not (but it is). We didn't mean to name him after Martin, we even feel a little silly about that (Carl Jr!). Martin keeps saying we're going to change his name (drop the Carl). Ha! Try dealing with three separate countries that already have his name on file as Carl Simon Jack. No thanks. But no matter. He's our Simon.
|Discussing names in the hospital|
|Trying out a few different combinations and spelling options.|