The Importance of Initials

letter blocksI’m now 30 weeks pregnant and my husband and I are in the midst of a massive name debate for our little boy. We have several first names that we like and zero middle names. None. Our two other kids both have family names as middle names, which I like, so I think we’ll stick with that.

Last night we were lounging on the couch talking baby names (for the hundredth time) and I started playing around with various first and middle combinations. When I suggested one of our favorite first names with a nice, strong middle name my husband looked me square in the eyes, blinked a few times and said, “You just gave our son initials that spell out an offensive homosexual slur.”

Oh no no no. NO. How did I not catch that?

My very unfortunate error made me reflect on the initials of my other two kids. My daughter’s initials were very carefully considered as we purposefully gave her my late mother’s first name as her middle name, which then gave her matching initials to my husband’s mother, so each grandmother was honored. But with my son we just picked a first and middle and we were done. (Thankfully, his initials don’t spell anything—offensive or otherwise.)

During the naming process, are you considering what your baby’s initials will be?

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