At our 20 week scan we found out that we're having a little boy! It was the most amazing piece of news and now makes everything feel extra real. This elusive little bubba growing in my belly has now become a little boy and a proper little person. I've even started imagining what he is going to look like and he's suddenly got this little identity without being born yet! It's such an exciting time and as the time flies by, more and more people have been asking us about baby names. Even more so, now that we know that we're having a little boy but it's a tricky subject.
I think baby names are so personal and you can be really influenced by peoples opinions. I'm terrible for this and if I sense someone isn't keen on something, then I'll often change my mind. Mr B and I have discussed baby names quite a lot but we kept on coming back to one name in particular. It's a name that started as a bit of a joke but has now become THE name. We've even started calling the bump by this name in private. Now bare with me as this is going to sound really weird, but Mr B nicknamed my belly using THE name during our first couple of weeks dating. This is because I have a particularly grumbly belly (oh the shame). It's embarrassingly vocal when I'm hungry hence being given it's very own cute nickname (thats totally normal right?!).
I think choosing a baby name is one of the most important decisions I've been tasked with and initially I felt really indecisive. I worried about the popularity and uniqueness of the names I had on my list and I also wanted to make sure that the name we chose for our little man gave him the best chance in life. That might sound a little dramatic but I genuinely think a persons name is really powerful and I want to do the little man justice. I've also realised how quickly I can be put off a name, and sometimes for really silly reasons. There were some really lovely name suggestions coming our way which were big no, no's straight away. That was mainly because either Mr B or I had worked with or knew of someone with that name and they were a massive plonker....or a serial nose picker! Some of the reasons we vetoed names got really silly. As dog owners we also had array of names which were definite no's because of all of Ted's doggy friends in the park, all of whom have annoyingly fab names!
At the end of the day, you've got to find a name that both you and your partner agree on which is a hard enough task on it's own, let alone worrying about the meaning of that name and what the rest of the world will think about it.
We're trusting our instincts with this one and going with a name that feels right for us, cheesy but true. We're not going to be able to please everyone, and as soon as I had made peace with that, the decision was cemented!
We're keeping our cards close to our chest when it comes to telling people the name we have chosen for baby B and I think that is the best way to not rock the boat. The more people you tell, the more your opening yourself up for opinion. I'm definitely easily influenced so we're keeping our name quiet. Now that we've announced to friends and family that we're having a boy, I think it's nice to be able to surprise everyone with his name.
I still get suggestions sent to me by friends and family which is no bad thing as it's always a good idea to have a few back up options. I've started properly looking at the names on the rolling credits at the end of TV programmes and films to throw up new ideas for my back up list and you never know what might pop out!
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