Did You Share Your Unborn Baby's Name?
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Carnie's choice to share the baby's name (they plan to call her Lucy!) with talk show host Bonnie Hunt has us wondering what the deal is with sharing the baby name before the baby is born. Some parents think that telling people the name before the birth is bad luck. Others fear that if, heaven forbid, there is an issue with the pregnancy, it will add undue pain and awkwardness to an already bad situation.
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Most parents, however, admit that they don't want to share the name of their baby-to-be because they don't want to hear any criticism of their choice. I think that's a pretty valid reason since people seem to have no problems sharing their opinions, particularly when it comes to anything parenting related.
When I was pregnant with my son we had a little pool of names going, with one or two top choices. We didn't share these names with anyone, and, in fact, told people that there was a pool but that we didn't really have a name picked out. The reason for this? We knew what we wanted to name our son and were very confident about the name we had picked out, but we didn't want anyone's opinion to sway our decision. Turned out most folks liked the name we went with -- Mercer -- but if one of our parents hadn't liked it we might have considered otherwise.
With our daughter, however, we played a different game. We were considering the name Zoe for a long time, and anytime anyone asked us what names we were considering we tossed out Zoe (which, by the way, was very well-received, in case you need a girl's name). To be honest, though, we pretty much knew after a while that we'd name her Everly and just kept it under wraps since -- again -- we didn't want criticism. Now here Carnie Wilson is sharing her baby's name with the whole country and isn't the least bit worried what anyone else thinks. Wish I could be more like that!
What about you? Did you share your unborn baby's name? Even if you didn't know the sex, my guess is you probably had some idea what you wanted to name your child once he/she was born. Folks say they don't have baby names picked out but I intuit otherwise, based on my own experience as an expecting mom.
|Yes - we were so excited, we couldn't keep it secret!||186 (46.4%)|
|Yes, but only with very close friends and family.||85 (21.2%)|
|No - we didn't want anyone's opinion to influence us.||99 (24.7%)|
|We didn't even PICK OUT a name before the delivery!||31 (7.7%)|
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