Friends seem to be the only ones who will say "Awwww I love that name" and even if they mean it or not, it is lovely to hear.
So family* and random strangers are the two groups of people who I've learned to keep the name choice to myself.
"Ugh! Sounds like slug"
"That's a DOGS name!!"
"You don't really want to name your kid that, do you??"
"Wait.. you serious??"
"'What-- like Khloe Kardashian?" *note-- we spell it with a C, so no, not like Khloe Kardash!
"This is what his nickname is going to be in middle school... [insert offensive comment here]"
...are just a few responses I've gotten.
Rest assure, not all family has that reaction. 75% of family members will smile and say its a great name [with 10% of those relatives most likely waiting to get on the phone with another family member to squak about the choice]. And when we did come up with my daughter's name and it was made very clear by Mommy and Tough Guy that this was THE NAME and it was not up for debate, the naysayers absolutely adored it. Although I'm sure they were just happy it wasn't the other names thrown into the mix before..
Now that Baby Q #2's due date is approaching, I'm even more confused than ever with picking out a name! We had one in the works for a few weeks, but then that simmered down. It wasn't very traditional.. yet it wasn't "out there" either. Recently we had another front runner that was much more popular, and then I got the comment from the random someone WHO WORKS AROUND BABIES AND PREGNANT MOTHERS that said "This is what his nickname will be in middle school" which freaked me out.. but seriously? I need to stop letting people get into my head!
So the moral of this story is.. when someone tells you the name they are going to choose for their baby, please keep the reaction short and sweet. You can roll your eyes all you want in your head! Just don't show your cards. The couple is not choosing that name just to piss you off, the name obviously makes them happy. Once you meet the baby you'll wonder how he or she could have ever been named something different!
Currently there are now 5 frontrunners for this little guy. Who knows, maybe we'll figure it out on the way to the hospital, but obviously for crazy monogramming mommy's sake, I'd like to have this done today!
To be continued...
*My Yiayia genuinely approved of the first name we thought we had decided on for our baby boy and said she would keep it to herself so we wouldn't get any flack from the others. And I very much appreciate that. xo