Reasons to TELL
- It's way too hard a secret to keep and you'll make yourself miserable trying
- You want/need to start monogramming and personalizing adorable baby products
- Feedback on nicknames, pronunciation and random name-related complications are never a bad thing. And if you do discover some sort of unanticipated angle (i.e. People could call him Chuck instead of Charlie), you have plenty of time to develop a game plan
Reasons to NOT Tell
- Surprises make good things better, and surprising...
- Avoid awkward reactions from people who don't like the choice and do a bad job of faking it
- Avoid rude reactions from people who don't like the choice and don't care to fake it
Now that I've given you some food for thought, I want you to put said food aside and snack later. Let's talk name poaching. I left this major issue off both lists because I think it should be a separate consideration. When you finally settle on your name of choice, whether it's decades in the making or a fabulous find from a baby name book that you bought an hour ago, the threat of someone stealing it becomes real, and real scary.
Revealing the chosen name could be a useful tool for staking your claim - it takes a mean biatch to snatch a baby name, especially from an expecting mother. On the other hand, maybe your friends and family members are a bunch of mean biatches, so by revealing the name you're effectively waving the carrot. And let's not forget about co-workers and acquaintances who could steal the name without falling into the brazen-jackhole category because they don't know you all that well.
I think we all remember George Costanza's perfect baby name - Seven. And I think we all remember when that name was stolen from him. Makes you wonder whether he should have kept it under wraps until baby Costanza existed.
It would suck if a good friend or favorite cousin stole your name, but I think the likelihood of that happening is about .04% (read: totally and completely unlikely). Everyone else wants their baby name to be just as one-of-a-kind (within their circle) as you do - there's a mutual desire to avoid duplication. And, more importantly, you don't keep mean biatches in your circle. So, it's a wash. You can keep it a secret and risk the rarest of chances that someone will randomly choose the name OR you can tell everyone and risk the rarest of chances that a meanie will poach the name.
Go back to that food (the original two lists) and make your decision based on those factors, because poaching is an unpredictable, rarity that cannot be accounted for.
|Victoria Beckham 9+ months pregnant with |
Harper SEVEN Beckham