Baby names: They can be a touchy subject.
Sometimes, family members want you to keep a tradition going, like using a certain name as a middle name. Other times, family members don’t care what you name the kid.
Luckily for Kyle and I, our family hasn’t given us much input as to what they’d like to see us name their future grandchild. The only mention was of “passing the family name down”, which will obviously happen if we have a boy. Not that there’s a legacy attached to it or anything like that. There is a quasi-tradition of making the middle name of the first-born son the first name of his grandpa (so Kyle’s dad). This is not happening. Also not happening: Giving any child the first name of another family member. No, there will be no “Jr’s” in our household!
But – The topic of discussion isn’t actually whether or not we’re naming our child after anyone. It’s about keeping our list of baby names to ourselves. You see, friends of ours had a baby girl a couple Octobers ago, and they let it slip what they would’ve named their baby if they had a boy. Last September, mutual friends had a boy and used the same name. Not cool.
Since Kyle and I have decided to find out what we’re having (which, will *hopefully* be Thursday at my ultrasound appointment!), we have been slamming our heads off the walls trying to come up with baby names. Girl names, to be more specific. Our boy name is pretty rock solid. Regardless, we’re not telling anyone what the opposite gender’s name pick is because we do plan on having at least one more child (maybe two!) and we don’t want our names snatched up by greedy friends, especially since I know a few people also having kids this year (due after me to boot).
I don’t even know how keen I am on telling family the names we have picked out because some of them are easy to let news slip accidentally. The only thing we’re willing to tell people for now is if we’re having a boy or a girl.
I don’t know if I’m being paranoid or not, but I don’t think it’s an absolutely ridiculous idea.
Anyway – Here’s this week’s pregnancy update!
How far along? 19 weeks
How big is baby? He or she is about 6″ long from crown to bum, and weighs about 9 oz., according to BabyCenter.ca!
Total weight gain/loss:
Maternity Clothes? Nothing new, actual clothing-wise. I did, however, get a Bella Band from a girl in town for dirt cheap ($5!!!) because it was “used.” It was a screamin’ deal considering a brand-new one is $28 USD plus shipping, which I would’ve had to send to my grandparents who are snow-birding in Palm Springs and then have them ship it to Canada for me. (They don’t ship to Canada). Anyway – It’s seriously the BEST thing ever. If you’re too lazy to click the link, it looks like a tube top that you wear around your waist to hide your unbuttoned pants to make things more comfortable in your pre-pregnancy clothing. Since I’m too cheap to go on a maternity wear shopping spree just yet, it’s the best! I highly recommend it to any expectant mom!
Stretch marks? Still none!
Sleep: I can’t seem to get comfortable. It’s horrible, because I toss and turn, which wakes Kyle up, and then we’re both grumpy in the morning.
Movement: I feel more and more movement every day, it’s amazing! I can now actually feel it when I put my hand on my tummy! Kyle even got to feel a couple pokes the other night, which just warms my heart.
Food cravings: I finally satisfied my intense craving for ice cream and Chinese food all in the same night. It probably wasn’t the best idea, but my dreams weren’t too weird! I actually dreamed that we had a girl, lol.
What I miss: Taking sinus pain killers. I get THE WORST sinus headaches and not being able to take my Advil Cold & Sinus is slowly killing me, I swear. Saline nasal spray just doesn’t cut it.
What I am looking forward to: Hopefully finding out what we’re having on Thursday! We’re both soooo excited for my ultrasound – I hope baby cooperates so we can see what it is!
Milestones: Definitely Kyle feeling the baby move. It put such a huge smile on both our faces :)
Do you plan on keeping your baby’s name a secret until he or she is born?
What about the names you like but didn’t use?
4 thoughts on “19 Weeks and Keeping it Under Wraps”
I’m not even pregnant, and I’ve already had people steal my future baby names, haha! I’ve always loved the names Molly and Lily; my sister named her dog Lily and my old nanny family named their rabbit Molly. Guess I’ll have to come up with something else now! Good thing I have a long time to come up with the perfect name.
I think it’s perfectly fine for you to keep the name(s) a secret. You have to protect what you like!
I don’t think your paranoid, I think name-stealing totally happens! Can’t wait to hear what you’re having!!!! Are you going to share that??
My whole life I had my heart set on naming my daughter Halle one day but sadly that would just sound way too hokey with Eric’s last name. I’m still a little heartbroken over that and haven’t even gotten around to thinking up other possible names for my future children ;)
We are going to share what we’re having, we’re just not going to share the name! For blogging I’ll probably use the first initial as a code-name though!
I really like a girl’s name that starts with the letter “P”, but with the middle name I’m going to use for my first girl, her initials would be “PEE” – which is kind of cruel! It’s amazing how much thought you have to put into a name these days so it doesn’t come back and bite your child when it’s old enough to be teased :P
I’m not opposed to sharing I don’t think. The names I seem to like (more traditional) don’t seem to be ones that my friends like, so we might be safe! I’m almost 14 weeks, so we’ll be finding out in a month or so what we’re having!