I miss that.
If the baby had been a girl I would have named her Annika but her surprise sex change has left us struggling for a male name that both Germans and Americans can pronounce and doesn't sound too Biblical.
For example, my favorite name Ethan is pronounced 'Ay-tan' here, which is stupid. Ditto with other names I like: Justin = 'yoo-steen.' Jason = 'ya-zon.'
My favorite German names have been overruled by Ralf, who assures me no self-respecting German would gives these names to a child: Markus, Dieter, Johann.
Cool international names such as Iago and Merrik have been overruled on similar grounds.
But now a call out to my big man, who thinks I'm beautiful (or is at least wise enough to pretend he does) and says all the right things, for example:
When I was worried about cosmic radiation from flying: "The gummy bear needs to man up."
When I was worried about bringing another person into a crowded, depleted, irresponsible world: "Don't worry, this one will be the one who saves us all."
When I tied a jaunty ribbon around my middle: "That looks completely st... great!"
When I tried a new recipe: "Figs. With cheese." A pause. "Yum."
Isn't he wonderful? :-)