I'd had Rae on my list of girl names since the beginning, particularly as a potential middle name. Trey's mother's maiden name is Ray, so it's a family name, & my friend Jordan's middle name is Rae, & I've always loved the name. Rae remained at the top of all my name lists throughout pregnancy.
At some point during my pregnancy, my sister Jessica mentioned Reagan since I liked Rae &, if you didn't know, Trey & I are both fond of the late Ronald Reagan. So, Reagan sat in the back of my mind for months. I researched it online, pulling up Social Security records of how many babies were named Reagan in the past few years &, of those, how many were male & how many were female (Reagan is predominately used as a female name). Reagan was one of the few names I'd mentioned that didn't elicit a resounding 'No' from Trey, & it grew on me.
I began pairing Reagan with various middle names (Rae was off the middle name list as it's obviously not a great middle name for Reagan). I had briefly considered Elizabeth as a first name, but I knew and loved one Elizabeth & the name is weighted with emotion for me, so I didn't want to call my daughter Elizabeth. I originally eliminated Elizabeth as a middle name since my cousin Jennifer's Marykate is Marykate Elizabeth, but then it occurred to me that I am Anna Marie & my cousin was Elizabeth Marie (& it's not like there is a rule that cousins cannot share a middle name).
On August 10 of last year, I ate a late lunch at Olive Garden. I went on a soup & salad kick for a few months of pregnancy, so I frequented the Olive Garden. As I waited for my food, I texted Trey the following (ignore the Call me - It's not lone star. It's longhorn by the mall - i'm on the way):
As you can see, Trey responded to my suggestion of Reagan Elizabeth with I like linden carter . . . He had previously shot down my suggestion of Caroline with the reasoning that it made him think of the Kennedy family, which, admittedly, is a good enough reason for me to discard an otherwise beautiful name.
Thus, our baby girl was henceforth known as Reagan Elizabeth.