Even as a young child and teenager I wanted to be a mother. I would spend my spare time create imaginary families and then designing homes for them. Sometimes these homes were small cottages or trailers and sometimes they were enormous country houses. My imagination was fueled by what I was reading or where we were traveling at the time. I would create a family, including the ages and names of the children, and then I would plan a house for them.
My parents bought me many books with house plans in them which I loved and poured over and used as the basis for some of the houses I was planning. In a bold move, my parents also bought me a baby name book for Christmas when I was 15. Crazy, eh? I mean who gives their teenage daughter a baby name book. However, I loved that book and spent hours reading it.
My daughter, Kate, also loves names and a few years age we were just as crazy as my parents, and gave Kate The Baby Name Wizard book.