A few things I’d like to talk about here. 1) The name of my blog 2) The name of my baby. Let’s start with the blog name.
So, once upon time I was the online Editor for Weight Watchers. I was a member before I worked for the company and I’m still a member now. I’ve always been fascinated with healthy eating and exercise, I just wasn’t quite able to mimic what I read and adored in everyday life. I love avocados but I also love a ton of chocolate. I enjoy running, but I’m hungrier for weeks after I ever exert myself. Long story short, I’m always on a diet but I don’t want that to come across in a negative way – especially now I’m a mother (and all that). So, I wanted to write a blog that encompassed my desire to lead a healthy lifestyle and diet – plus focus on my new life as a mum, because so much as changed. I brainstormed so many blog names but turns out I’m not that original and they were all taken. So here I am with my dietmumfeed blog. Choosing a blog name very much reminded of choosing my baby’s name. It’s permanent, it reveals a lot about you, there’s a lot of pressure in choosing a blog name and a baby name! Especially when you can pick anything in the world.
When it came to choosing my baby’s name we went through a lot of options. Names I loved, my husband hated or thought were too popular. Names he loved, I just couldn’t take seriously. I’m sure he made them up trying to create the new ‘Beyonce’; they sounded like names of ancient gladiators. When we found out the sex of our baby (a girl), that helped narrow names a little! Long story short, we settled on Eleri. I love this welsh name (my husband is Welsh) and thought it looked quite ‘cool’ written down. However, we wanted the name to be a secret and so we told no one and I have always heard a Welsh person say the name. Our baby was born and we had our name. Once I had come around (that’s another story) we sent texts to our friends and family boasting about our new bundle and her gorgeous name. I soon realised us English folk don’t pronounce this name in the same way. If you’re saying it and it rhymes with Hilary then I’m afraid that’s not how we’re saying it in my house. It’s more like ‘El-air-ree’. When people ask me what my daughter’s name is, I quickly follow with this explanation on how to pronounce it. Boy it’s tiring! So, picking a blog name filled me with the same kind of fear. There’s no going back folks, and if you’re choosing a baby name do what my friend did – sound board it, even if you want it to be a surprise!
P.S If my daughter ever reads this in the future; please know I do love your name!