Crystal Lake couple turns to Facebook poll to name baby-to-be
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Do you want to name Dave and Lindsey Meske's unborn baby girl?
No, you don't know them, but they are giving you a shot at picking one of four names — Addilyne, McKenna, Madelyn or Emily. Just visit namemychild.info, and cast your vote.
The Meskes, who live in Crystal Lake, have started a poll on Facebook inviting people to choose a name for them, because the two of them just can't agree.
"We were in a stalemate," 27-year-old Dave explained. "I wasn't going to budge; she didn't want to budge."
Naming their firstborn, now 4-year-old Brianna, was easy, as was picking Cooper for what they thought would be a boy this time around, the couple said.
But an ultrasound on Sept. 6 showed that the new bundle of joy would be another girl.
Lindsey, 24, who works as a manager for a physician's office in Elgin, liked McKenna, but her husband was against it. "It sounds like an Irish last name," he quipped.
Dave, a creative director at a photo novelty shop in Vernon Hills, liked Madelyn, a leftover option from when his wife was pregnant with Brianna. Lindsey wasn't convinced, but she thought Addilyne might be a good compromise. Dave wouldn't have it. He suggested Emily, but Lindsey definitely didn't want that.
So the couple decided to let family and friends pick for them on Facebook. But Lindsey has lots of relatives, which Dave realized would play against him. That's when Dave thought, why not let the world chime in as well?
"My in-laws think it's funny. They know my personality," he said. "My parents think I'm crazy; they tell me, 'You're such a goofball.'"
Initially, Lindsey had reservations, but then she decided to just go along with it, she said. "I was a little anxious about it at first, but then I thought, it might be kind of fun to have a story behind the name," she said. "He's always coming up with harebrained ideas, and me being the good wife, I said OK, I'll support him."
Lindsey's due date is Jan. 27, but she will have to be induced so the baby will be born likely in early January, she said. Voting will end as soon as the baby is born, the Meskes said.
As for what it feels like to have the matter out of their hands, well, it isn't ... yet.
Dave and Lindsey are launching staunch campaigns to vote for their favorite names — Madelyn and McKenna, respectively — by asking friends and colleagues to spread the word and post entries on Facebook.
And if it ends in a tie? Then they'll just flip a coin, Dave said.
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