Okay, so I haven't told that many people about this little "name game" secret, thinking that if I lose this bet, I'll have to lose face in front of too many people. But, today's the big day of the big game, so I'm going to 'fess up publicly.
Last September, before the start of basketball season, before we even knew if Torquil would be a boy or a girl, I made a bet with my dear Aunt Beth. She's a wonderful person, with one minor personality flaw -- she is without a doubt the biggest UNC basketball fan on the planet. She is the one who taught me (a true red-blooded, third generation Wolfpacker!) to say "Go Heels!" when I was about 3 years old. I think that's probably the last time mom let her babysit for me... but I digress.
For those of you living under a rock (or otherwise uninspired by college basketball), State plays Carolina today. Yep, this is the "big game" for State fans. The one we'll gloat about for months to come, even though we got waxed when we played Carolina at home. The one we'll brag about even if we don't make the NCAA tourney. "But we beat UNC at home!" we'll say with great pride.
So, the bet ... Waaaaay back in September, I agreed to the bet that IF this baby is born today AND we beat Carolina, I'll name this child Sidney after our coach, Sidney Lowe. I figured Sidney would work as a name for either a girl or a boy. Plus, I really thought the odds are in my favor. What are the chances the baby would come a week and half early AND we would win? (Unfortunately, I think the chances of him coming early are better than the chances of us winning!)
So, now my dilemma ... do I wish for Carolina to win (I'd rather stab myself in the eye with a dull pencil!) or do I wish for this baby to stay in a little longer? I think I'm going to have to wish the baby to hold out for just a few more days. He was showing no signs of movement toward the outside world at my last doctor's appointment, so I think I'm good. Plus, the majority of first babies are a little late. But you just never know, and there's enough doubt there to make me worry, if only a little. We had a hard enough time narrowing the names down to 4 - I don't need another wrinkle in those plans. Please, just don't be born today!
And, on the subject of names and favorite teams, my brother knows of someone who was such a big UNC fan that they named their son so his initials would be RAM (for the Carolina mascot - Ramses the Ram.) That led me to realize that we could actually name our son so his initials would be WUF (for our mascot, Mr. Wuf.). William Foster wouldn't be too bad. But William Ulysses Foster? Walker Umstead Foster? I think we need to stick with our final four. And just pray that labor is still a few days away!