Do you really think that you just know when you see your baby?

(43 Posts)
AmIGoingMad Tue 18-Jun-13 14:11:36

Just that really. You might have seen a few threads from me recently wondering about Elodie or Sophie/Sophia and I'm just wondering if, in your experience, you 'just knew' which name to go for in seeing your little one?
We had set name in mind for DS so just went with that but am finding it more difficult this time around.

miffybun73 Thu 20-Jun-13 21:14:37

My two had definite names from the 20 week scan onwards smile

Can't imagine seeing a newborn baby and thinking that they didn't suit a name.

Mama1980 Thu 20-Jun-13 20:50:00

Yes with my ds1 I just knew instantly, and he totally suits his name. Ds2 was named by dd so I didn't get to pick (she's 15 by the way and has great taste!) I do love the name though.

rockybalboa Thu 20-Jun-13 20:48:17

No. I don't think either of my DS's looked like their names particularly but they have def grown into them. We were pretty certain what each was going to be called though. Not the case with this one which is likely to be nameless for a while unless something clicks in our heads soon!

JessieEssex Thu 20-Jun-13 13:17:44

We 'knew' with both our DDs - DD1 was either Imogen or Connie, and as soon as she was born, DH and I looked at each other and said 'Imogen' at the same time. It was spooky! With DD2 I loved the name Penelope but DH wasn't sure. When she was born and the midwife asked if we had a name, DH said 'Penelope'. It was obvious!

AmIGoingMad Thu 20-Jun-13 08:23:00

It's so interesting to read the different experiences with this!

It really seems to be more of a 50/50 split now whereas the first posts all seemed to say no!

sleepingbeautiful Thu 20-Jun-13 03:09:47

I'm 50/50. We have twins with unknown gender til birth and just had short lists of names. For DS we totally knew which of the names off our boy list he was straight away, and still know it was the right pick 11 months later. For DD we were none the wiser on meeting her, and I'm still a bit meh about her name. Wish I'd have argued harder for one that I liked and DH didn't, because now I can really see her wearing that name.

TeamEdward Thu 20-Jun-13 00:28:34

We had a set of boys names and girls names ready for our first child. He was a boy and was named straight away.
With DS2, we had three names ready. I really liked one in particular, but gave birth to a huge bruiser of a baby and the name just did not suit! He got the "rugby forward"'s name, plus the other two as middle names.

lovepigeon Thu 20-Jun-13 00:14:43

Yes we had a choice of two names for our DD and when she arrived she definitely suited one more than the other. She just did not look like what had previously been our first choice and I think she suits the other choice much more. I felt I couldn't really name my baby until I had seen her.

tittytittyhanghang Thu 20-Jun-13 00:03:20

I had both ds named by the time i was 6 months pregnant so bump was constantly referred to as that name. By the time they were born it would have seemed weird to rename them something else, like renaming a 6 month old baby.

wilkos Wed 19-Jun-13 23:46:53

DD took weeks of negotiation on loads of name combinations btw me and exDH (knew from 30 weeks she was a girl, exDH in shock as he already had DSS and presumed he could only do boys because fundamentally he is an idiot )

DS was a total surprise, convinced I was having a girl. Sonographer pointed out he had a willy and I instantly thought "his name is Tom" very odd as I was in shock with finding out he was a boy anyway and it wasn't a name that had ever entered my head till that moment grin anyway that was that and that's what he is.

It's not an original name by any means but he honestly couldn't have been anything else!

notadoctor Wed 19-Jun-13 23:26:52

Ha! I've just been on your other thread and suggesting waiting to meet her and then spotted this! For us, we had 2-3 names in mind and the front runner kept changing but as soon as we saw our DD we both knew - in our case, one of the names was much more girly/ pretty than the others and as soon as we saw our DDs lovely, grumpy, impish little face we knew the more tomboy name would suit her better.

Stixswhichtwizzle Wed 19-Jun-13 20:19:09

I didn't. We just went with the name we'd discussed most recently!

Thesebootsweremadeforwalking Tue 18-Jun-13 23:06:14

Yes, both times we went into the delivery room with a shortlist of 2 or 3 names, and DC just looked like one of them. Both were named before I'd showered!

Dillytante Tue 18-Jun-13 22:40:39

I wanted dd to have a strong name that would suit a girl and an adult woman. if I had given her a name which suited her as a newborn she would have been called squishybum or jigglepops.

Lol at this MrsBugsyWugsy grin

cece Tue 18-Jun-13 22:39:58

DD we had a shortlist of 3 names we both liked. She got the one which was the bottom of the list - she didn't suit the other two.

DS1 - rather threw us as he was a boy. We hadn't really got an agreed boys name so he got a compromise name that didn't really suit him but does now. Chosen after the birth though, not before.

DS2 - we had one boys name we could agree on prior to birth. It did not suit him at all (and still doesn't) so he got a name suggested by mw when he was 5 days old.

Dillytante Tue 18-Jun-13 22:38:12

Nope. DD2 wasn't named for a week & it was v stressful. In my hormone addled state I thought I might actually have to divorce DH for wanting to call her Isabella (no idea why I was so against it - sleep deprived & irrational.)

The problem was between DD2 being such a terrible sleeper & DH looking after DD1, & them both getting sickness bugs, we barely saw each other to speak coherently in the first week.

We compromised on a name by day 7 & it is lovely smile

justhayley Tue 18-Jun-13 22:35:30

Nope. Took us 3 1/2 weeks to name our DS. He just didn't suit any of the names we had on our shortlist. He did however look like a certain name but it wasn't one we were keen on lol

AmIGoingMad Tue 18-Jun-13 22:28:18

That's good advice! Probably best to either know for definite in advance, or if not not to make decision while still delirious from gas and air!grin

farmersdaughter Tue 18-Jun-13 22:11:54

DH and I had agree on DD name before she was born, when she arrived I wanted to call her Charlotte, DH put his foot down and said we should call her what we agree. I'm glad he did, mainly as I was so blooming tried when the MW asked what her name was I said Anna... It's not Anna, not even close. I couldn't think straight and kept crying. blushgrin

If in doubt, have a feed and sleep and come back to it several hrs later

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tammytoby Tue 18-Jun-13 21:50:13

We chose our kids' names as soon as we found out the gender at the 20 week scan!

A name is just a collection of letters and I agree with previous posters that a child/person grows into any name.

No, we didn't know their names when my two were born, what we did see was that the theoretical names just didn't suit the actual human being when they are there in front of you.

I'd be wary of going with hair colour or something when you are naming them. No2 son's name means Dark or swarthy - he was dark skinned and had dark hair......then the bleeder went blond! grin

He has darkened again as he has gotten older but still....

Ham69 Tue 18-Jun-13 20:07:09

No way! Both of mine just looked like a 'baby' and it took me a long time to call them a name without feeling silly! Took about a week to name DS but I only had one name in mind for DD and just went with it. I don't think either of them suited their names particularly but they have both grown into them now!

LeoTheLateBloomer Tue 18-Jun-13 19:48:48

We did. Sort of. We went in with three boys names and three girls names. We had a girl and tried each name on her. She 'responded' to one of them so we agreed that that would be her name. Then after about 5 minutes of looking at her we both agreed that it was totally wrong and changed it. As soon as we changed it we knew it was right.

AmIGoingMad Tue 18-Jun-13 19:45:52

These are all very interesting. Thank you!

NotSoNervous Tue 18-Jun-13 19:19:21

I didn't, it took me quite a while to get use to DD having a name and not just being baby or bump

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