Hello, darlings, I’m back! And I appreciate your patience with my absence. Frankly, the past few weeks have been darn rough. In the first month everything was new and I was recovering, but we began well-rested and with plenty of adrenalin in reserve. This second month actually felt worse because the newness of the adventure wore off and the exhaustion was more cumulative. But she’s growing more organized by the day, and everyone says it gets easier around the third month. We can survive four more weeks, right? Fingers crossed!
Wallaby says “yo”.
In other news, last week I finally legalized my married name. (Had planned to do it before the baby so we’d all have the same name on the birth certificate, but when do I get anything done on time?) So far the biggest adjustment has been remembering to sign forms and whatnot with the new name — it’s like that weird transition of updating the year every January, but many, many times over!
I never wavered about taking Mr T’s last name, but now it feels a little strange. My maiden name was unusual, and I was the only person with my particular name combination. Somehow it feels validating to search census records for your name and get a result of “1”. Apparently I wasn’t always so unique — over the years a few people have contacted me to ask whether I’m “the Tara P_____ who grew up in Missouri” — but she must have changed her name or gone deep underground, because both Google and the census were all me, baby. And now there are 5 others with my new name in the US alone.
Then again, maybe that’s not all bad. The other night I did a farewell search of my maiden name, and the amount of personal information available on Google is a bit disturbing. Old professional records and publications are great. But Facebook profile (now belatedly set to “private”)? Random comments on message boards? My law school application essay?!?? I might prefer to hide out in a slightly larger crowd….
I’m curious, how about you? Have you ever changed your name, and how was the transition? How many of your name twins are lurking out there? (And have you ever met one???)