Q: How old are the boys now?
Q: How far apart are they in age?
A: They about 28 months apart. I’m not sure why, but this is a perpetually popular question.
Q: Why did you pick the name Oliver?
A: We thought it was a great name, and it fit our name requirements Oliver works well with titles such as “Sir Oliver” and “The Honorable Oliver.” It also sounds good when you yell it really loudly.
Q: “Patrick” is an Irish name, who in the family is Irish?
A: “Patrick” is not actually an Irish name. Patrick is derived from the Latin name Patricius (patrician, i.e. “nobleman”). The name Patrick is commonly associated with Ireland because of St. Patrick and because it is a popular name there.
To the best of our knowledge no one on either side of our family is Irish.* We are also not Roman, but much of where our families once lived (Germany, Greece, France, Spain, England, etc.) was over-run by Romans at some point or another. Kindli is a bit of a geek and has been listening to the History of Rome podcast (most excellent btw), and Gavin vetoed the other Roman-inspired names.
Q: How is Patrick different from Oliver?
A: Their names are spelled differently.
Q: Are you going to try for a girl?
A: Everyone knows someone who knows someone who kept having boys (usually 3 or 4) in an attempt to have a girl. We like our two boys just fine. Someday we hope Oliver & Patrick will bring home nice girls so we can have daughter-in-laws (although, we’re OK if they bring nice boys home too, and if they’d prefer to remain bachelors that’s understandable as well).
Q: How do you not go crazy?
A: That’s a very rude question
Q: We’d like to buy Oliver or Patrick something!
A: We still have a “baby” registry at Amazon, it has stuff for both kids. If you choose send a gift card, we prefer Target/Amazon/LLBean. Watching the kids for the weekend is also fine.
Q: Who asks these sorts of questions? A: Having a baby means people ask questions. Random people at the grocery store, well meaning acquaintances, friends, play date mommies, family members, the list goes on.
Please note: Many of these have been taken directly from Patrick’s 1-month update & FAQ
*Please note the correction from 8/23/2001 regarding Irish relatives. Patrick’s great-great-great-great grandmother Catherine came from Ireland.