When Did You Solidify Your Baby's Name?Devan McGuinness
I am just about 15 weeks pregnant and I am about 98% sure we’ve got the baby’s name chosen already. I don’t even know our baby’s gender yet, but this time around, that doesn’t seem to matter.
For my first two children, I found out at the gender at my 20 week ultrasound. Once we knew, we threw names around and had one chosen before they were born and even began talking to the baby with their given name. For my youngest, we didn’t find out her gender until birth, but had one boy name and one girl name chosen when the time came. (The boy and girl names were similar sounding, but different.)
This time around, we don’t even know the gender yet, but we have already begun to call the growing baby by his or her name. We have chosen a gender-neutral name (though really more on the “boy side” if you had to pick) for the baby that will be given regardless if we have a boy or a girl. I know I debated for some time wondering if a gender-neutral name would work for a girl, and I’ve decided, yes it does.
I have a traditional boy name. When I was growing up, the only other Devans (mostly always spelled “Devon”) that I knew were boys. On paper, I have been mistaken for a boy, but it never really bothered me. I think my name gives a little something extra special and has helped, more than hindered, my life in many ways. Once I mulled all that over and thought back on whether my name has affected me or not, I was totally sold on the idea that the boy’s name we had chosen could be gender-neutral and used for a girl as well. It’s strong, unique, pretty, and the more I say it out loud, the more I just fall in love with it.
I know there are many people who have trouble up until, or even past, their baby’s birth date, struggling to come up with the name. I mean, it’s the first real big decision you have to make once your baby makes it into the world. There are other’s who have a list and narrow it down once their see their child, and there are others like me, who just know from early on what their baby’s name is going to be.
:: When did you solidify your baby’s name choice? ::
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