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25/05/2014 at 09:37
How common is this? You always hear 'you might decide it doesn't look like a XX' etc.
Is that really the case, or is it just that people have perhaps had doubts about their name - and then having to actually confirm their name has made them rethink?
25/05/2014 at 09:52
My mom always told me that as she knew I was a girl before I was born she had her mind completey set on the name Heather. I was born, and she cried and said there was no way I was a Heather. She then ended up on intensive care for a while and I was left as Baby Girl and my dad started calling me Sarah Sunshine, which annoyed my mom no end, and when my mom was doing a bit better she was looking thgh the get well soon and congratulatory gifts and saw a Clifford the Big Red Dog book and decided that my name would be the same as Clifford's owner, middle name and all. Random.
Then more recently my sister and her husband were 100% sold on the name Jonathan and ended up changing their minds to Dylan.
So I think it does really happen.
We had chosen the names before the boys were born and stuck to them. I never think babies look like a particular name really, I think they grow into their name although my mum named my sister something different than what she was planning after seeing her. I can understand having a few choices and deciding afterwards once you've seen the baby though.
25/05/2014 at 10:00
We had a girls name picked before we even started TTC, my H wanted to tell everyone it but I wanted to wait in case we changed our mind. We didn't & she has the name we choose! I can understand if you've got a few shortlisted & can't decide but I think if we'd got a definite name I think it would be unlikely for us not to use it (especially when name choosing is so hard!!)
25/05/2014 at 10:09
Last time we didn't know what we were having so we had a favourite boys and girls name. When he was born and we knew he was a boy, H and I looked at each other and mouthed the name we'd had picked out. There was never really any doubt we'd call him that name.
This time, we know we're having a girl and we still love the name we had picked out from before so in our heads that's probably what we'll call her. However, H has thrown a spanner in the works and suggested another name which I'm loving more and more each day. Whilst I still really love our original name, I think I want to wait until she's born before deciding. I'm hoping that when we see her, one name will jump to the forefront of my mind.
25/05/2014 at 10:57
Our little lady didnt suit - for us - our shortlist of 3 so we went with something entirely different.
With my son we had Mitchell, George and Harry and just picked the one that seemed to suit him - he looked like a little old man :)
25/05/2014 at 11:10
I didn't think that would happen to us, we had a list of 4 boys names that we agreed on. We had one name from day 1 and added the other 3 over the pregnancy. We were both fairly sure it would be the first name, it was one we both suggested and both loved, my H had even mentioned the name in talking about the baby before it was born.
When he was born I just didn't feel it! I can't explain it, one (stupid) thing was that I kind of pictured what he would look like as this name and the baby I imagined had dark hair but when O was born he was quite light haired and I just couldn't associate the name. We ruled it out along with 1 of the other names and were both picking between the other two names and H asked me if I had a preference and I said I did (worrying it wouldn't be the same as his!) and we both said and we both picked O!
25/05/2014 at 11:18
I had my boys names picked, and stuck to them.
25/05/2014 at 21:05
W was W from the minute I found out I was pregnant. I was convinced we were having a boy so never really gave girls names much thought. We had a backup just in case, but he was a W from the second we saw him.
26/05/2014 at 09:07
I've always loved the name Oliver, went through a phase of wondering if we should pick something less popular but decided that I wasn't worried by that. We did have another boys name shortlisted and I always said I couldn't be sure until I'd seen him which my H thinks is silly. We were team yellow and ended up very undecided on girls names so not sure how we'd have chosen one. Anyway, when O was born I knew instantly that was his name :-)
26/05/2014 at 09:11
Can't comment yet, but reading this I was just pondering whether the likelihood of changing mind is greater when you don't know the gender beforehand - ie you've got a list of both names. Maybe if you know the gender and can identify with it as being a particular name even before it's born you are less likely to change?
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