I cannot remember apart from my last child who we picked it several days after.
We could not agree n names, so it took several days.
Our middle child had my mother SO upset as in those days, we called him Todd and my mother said that is not a name and only a surname (Richard Todd)!
I had my first child's name picked out for a few years before she was conceived. I just "knew" she was going to be a girl and that she would be named after my grandmothers. Our son I think we had a boys name picked out before hand (we also had a girl's name picked out beforehand) but it took us a couple of hours to pick the middle name.
We picked our children's names out well before they were born. We picked out a male and a female name, just in case the sex we were told at ultrasound was wrong. We picked the names out well before, in case something goes wrong, and the child has to be born months early. Fortunately, all my children were safe and healthy and born ' on time'. There could be nothing more undignified for the child than to lie unnamed in the nursery....I imagine I would feel quite unwanted if it were me. Naming the child together is a bonding experience for the mother and father in order to PREPARE for the birth of their much wanted child. I found that even if I wanted to be disorganized, I couldn't. I bonded with all my babies and I felt that the best way to do that was to refer to the child by name, well before it was born. That gives it an identity, and we felt like we knew it when it arrived then. When I say I referred to it by name, I spoke to it and about it, just between my husband and I. No one else knew. The name always suited it, because you had had some months to get used to the idea !! When it finally arrived, you could not think of any other name that would suit its personality better, because you had been calling it by that name for months, and that was its identity.
That's odd. Size isn't any indication of the sex of the baby (just an anecdote but I have a boy and a girl who were the exact same weight at birth to the gram). I wonder if that was the common belief back then or just that doctor.
Oh! Jennifer, the above last sentence is right, on the two counts!
Well, that 'little' baby girl is 5'10", & now has a 6 month old beautiful baby, born 7lbs 7ozs! And gorgeous? Has inherited Nanna's dimples! Lol!
I had all the names picked out well before my girls were born. I too, "knew" that I was having girls even though some of the family were convinced a boy would be arriving. Even when I was wheeled down to give birth some of the girls in my ward were sayihg it's going to be a boy but I knew it wasn't. All have different names chosen for specific reasons but no weird ones of course.
Yes, Vee, it is. We spent much time on ours'. Main aims were: name couldn't be shortened; initials couldn't spell a 'word' or 'meaning'; would stil 'sound' good when they were in their nineties', & no 'family' names.
We chose good, strong English, & Irish names which WE really liked, & they suit the children perfectly.
My moronic m/i/l was really shirty when we'd not named our son after her husband! Stiff s@&$! Our children, our naming rights! Cheers!
I choose a girls name when someone I knew said his daughter was called Simone. My husband didn’t like the name for 12 months'. Our 2nd daughter’s name I found when I started looking through the Woman’s Weekly’s baby name book. I choose, Alicia. Then when my husband was choosing the 2nd names I thought they were too common, so I agreed to shorten them! I really should have thought of using our mother’s names, as their 2nd names,
My eldest daughter & partner, on the other hand, didn’t name their 2 daughters, for 5 & 6 weeks! their eldest daughter was named Jinx, after 3 people, & at aged 4 she wanted her brother or sister to be named, "Risotto for a boy or Chilli for a girl” It turned out to be a sister, named Ginger. (No she didn’t have ginger coloured hair!)
I won’t go into how they got their 2nd names! In hospital they were: Baby ……(by their surnames)
We chose both our babies names before birth. We did not tell anyone. With our second child, we chose not to know the sex before birth, so we had a boy and girl name picked out and didn't know which name we'd be using until the birth. That was fun and I'm glad we did that!
We are 23 weeks pregnant and have chosen a name for our baby girl. She already exists and just referring to her as 'she' or 'the baby' is too frustrating and not personal enough. Our baby will enter the world around May 4th, but she is already alive and a growing human being who deserves a name. We told the family her name once we found out she was a she.