My husband and I made the decision to keep our baby's name a secret until he arrives. We decided this for several reasons. Honestly, we have heard baby's names before the baby was born and thought "Oh, I don't like that name!". Why didn't want anyone thinking that about our baby name. We also didn't want to hear about the weird guy they knew in high school that had the same name or whoever they knew with the same name. We felt like once you see the baby you might think the name is better and might keep your stories about weird people with the same name to yourself. Now it is to the point that I want to week 5 or so more weeks because I think it makes it more special.
We picked two names on 12-24-10. One we are 99.9% sure is going to be our son's name. The 1% is if he arrives and doesn't look like that name we'll go with the back up. Recently we've been using the name more and telling random people the name. We were having so much fun! I think Friday night or another night earlier in the week as Hubby and I were falling asleep I double checked with him that he still liked the name and feels like it is our son's name. He said yes.
I hesitate to type this because I'm worried my mom might read this and figure out what our son's name is. Mom, like I said before, I think it makes it more special if no one knows his name until he arrives. So please don't use your detective skills to figure out his name. If you do figure it out don't tell me or anyone else! This weekend we found out an acquaintance named their son our son's name.
Our son's name is in the top 100 baby boy names for 2010 and we know other people have the same name but it just kind of took a little bit of that specialness away. Instead of the vision in my head of us introducing our baby boy to everyone and them saying, "oh how cute!" I am imagining them saying, "oh yeah so and so just named their baby that". I know he will be way cuter and they aren't that close of an acquaintance so it will be ok. Just know I will for sure be tweeting if I get some smartass comments. Neely knows this has been our son's name for months! Neely please don't accept bribes to tell the name. Our family is crazy that probably will offer you a lot of money to tell!
Part of me thinks if we had told people in December, this other baby boy's parents may have heard what we were naming our baby, and not picked the same name. But you can't go back in time. All you can do is blog about it and maybe someone else will be saved from the same experience. I asked Hubby if he wanted to pick a different name and he said no. I don't want to either. We aren't so good at picking baby names. We have our back up name and our girl name and we are sticking with those for #2 and if we are crazy enough for #3. We will be telling people the name next time.
We also discussed just telling people our son's name since it kind of feels like the surprise is ruined. I'm honestly worried some people may try to tell us reasons why we should change his name. I don't want to hear that! So we will keep it a secret for 5 more weeks and deal with whatever comes our way. You wouldn't believe how crazy people are about trying to figure out his name! I guess people don't like waiting for surprises!