Heard the phrase "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet"? That was from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. But does Shakespeare really know how hard it is to name a baby? Hahah..of course all babies came into this world smelling sweet, in fact I kind of missed that baby sweet smell that Husayn used to have because at the moment he only smell of sweat and masam! And I really thought besides giving birth, the other hard part of having baby is naming the baby itself.
You see, I started contemplating baby names when Husayn was just 2 months inside my womb. At the time I was hoping for a baby girl so I kept searching for the perfect baby girl name that I could find. I remember settling for the name "Almira Nur Latifa". The Al infront because husband's name also came with the Al and basically Almira means princess in Arabic. As for Latifa, I really love that name since Sofea Jane has a character named Latifa in a Malay Movie (was it Cinta Kita? Really..cannot remember) aeons ago. And Latifa means petite in Arabic, so I thought the combination of that name will make the perfect baby name for me.But oh wait, Queen Latifa is not exactly petite,right? Oh sorry, that's another story altogether.
And then when I was pregnant at 3 months I finally know that the baby inside is not Almira, but a boy instead! So began my mad scrambling searching for the perfect baby boy name, which actually is really really tough. Tough because the name is either:
a) my relatives or husband's relatives name or
b) too many people has been using that name or
c) Husband hated the name that I have chosen or
d) I hated the name that Husband has chosen
In reality, it took months of browsing through books, Pa&Ma and surfing the internet to find that perfect baby boy name.I finally took a liking of Zarif which means elegant and witty but I ended up altering the spelling to Zharief. As for Husayn, actually I originally meant to do the spelling like this --> Hussein. But one fine day, when I was already 9 months into pregnancy, I saw the list of baby names in Pa&Ma with the spelling Husayn and I instantly love it! Husayn also means handsome and so finally we ended up up with Mohammed Husayn Zharief. Quite a long name, I know..my husband's name did not even fit into Husayn's Tabung Haji Account book because of his mouthful name!
Some people thought that I gave my son a long mouthful name because my name is only one word with five letters, and some people claimed that husband's name sound's more modern than Husayn's name. But I guess what matter most is my husband and I really love it and to make it more worth it, we call him Husayn Zharief instead of short form. I mean why susah-susah thinking of a long mouthful name when you have to call him by short form? Haha.
To any mommy-to-be who is reading this, good luck in choosing that perfect names!