Yes, we’ve decided what we’ll be naming our twins.
No, we won’t tell you.
And here’s 15 reasons why you shouldn’t tell people your baby name(s) before the birth either:
1. They’ll tell you that the name reminds them of someone from their past who was a [insert nasty word that you would never want to hear in relation to your unborn child].
2. You’ll quickly learn that you’re not as creative as you think, and that nearly every person within a 10-mile radius knows 2-3 people with the very same “unique” name.
3. You’ll be forced to sit through a post-conversation wondering if they actually like the name or just faked that “it’s the very best one” they’ve ever heard.
4. You’ll share your final two options and a competition will emerge, with mothers and baristas alike aggressively campaigning for their favorite.
5. You’ll quickly learn that your best friend, your co-worker and the waitress at IHOP (yes, I’m an over-sharer) have the very same baby name in mind.
6. You’ll get to sit through numerous people guessing. And honestly, there’s nothing more fun than seeing a friend get mad about not knowing a secret.
7. You’ll change your mind at the very last minute and someone will have already gotten you a monogrammed infant beanie.
8. You won’t change your mind at the very last minute but someone will have gotten you a monogrammed infant beanie. 😉
9. Someone might accidentally spoil the surprise to the baby’s namesake.
10. If you’re superstitious, you’re tempting fate. And that’s a total sin in the pregnancy bible.
11. You won’t be able to change it because you already told 215 of your closest friends and don’t want to come across like a crazy person.
12. You’ll receive pressure by your father to keep a family tradition going, even if you hate your middle name and think the silly little “Jr.” at the end disrupts your cursive flow.
13. A random acquaintance who has their baby first snags the name. Yes, it’s happened. No, I can’t verify it. Yes, I trust everything I read on Facebook.
14. If someone doesn’t like the name, they have a few months to attempt to persuade you to change it. And that will be horribly annoying and likely destroy your friendship.
15. It’s fun to keep a secret. Try it just this once. I swear you’ll like how it feels.
Did you share your baby’s name before birth? If so, how many of these happened to you? Did I miss any?
P.s. I’ve done six of the above myself, so don’t feel bad about doing them.
Until next time, stay crafty.