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To Tell or Not To Tell Your Unborn Baby’s Name

nameWhen I was pregnant with my first child, my daughter, I was adamant that we not reveal the name.

Not to grandmas, siblings, friends… no one must know!

Now, I’m not really sure why.

I guess the main reason was I didn’t want anyone’s feedback affecting my view of the name we’d chosen before we actually had the chance to see it on the birth certificate.

My mom has a habit of informing me of her opinion on every name on the table.

“Clementine? Eh. I just think of that old people song.” “Hattie? That’s the worst old lady name ever!”

So that was one reason: avoiding the opinions of other people who can’t help but share them or, at the very least, make a negative face when you tell them the name. My husband thought it was “bad juju” to share the name. Didn’t want to “jinx the baby.”

Now that I’m pregnant with our third child, our first two kids are old enough to understand what’s happening. Of course we shared the name with them. And of course they shared it with everybody else: Grammy, Pop Pop, preschool teachers, neighbors, the Walmart cashier, the man in line at the bank, they all know the name.

My husband and I agree it’s nice to be able to refer to the little guy by his name. And yet, I can’t bring myself to share it on the Internet.

What about you? Do you tell everyone the name you’ve chosen or do you wait until the big birth announcement?

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