My Husband and I have always had a hard time coming up with boys names that we like. I want my boys to have names that are recognizable but not super popular. So therein lies the problem. I feel like all of the boys names out there are either way too traditional and common, or super trendy.
With my last pregnancy, we didn't even have a solid list of names until a month or two before my due date. Luckily, we agreed on some and took the list to the hospital with us. I secretly had a name that I loved more than the rest, though. And I had convinced myself that I we would use that name. But, we decided not to name Bennett until he was born and I'm so glad we did it like that because the name that I had secretly picked out.. didn't end up being the name we used. When it came down to it... it just did not feel right.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with picking a name out ahead of time, some people just know what they want. But for me, I really feel like I need to see my babies sweet face, and meet them for the 1st time before I name them. The moments directly following Bennett's birth are a bit fuzzy to me, but the thing I remember most clearly, is when they handed my baby boy to me, I just had this overwhelming feeling that his name should be Bennett. The interesting thing was the months leading up to my labor, I really wasn't super fond of the name and didn't think I'd use it... but when that moment came - it just fit.
Now that I'm my 3rd trimester, the time has come for my Husband and I to get serious about making a list of potential names for our little Fitz. (We nickname our babies while they are in the womb, in case you didn't already know that!). We're currently working on a list of names to consider using. I am hoping that when this baby is placed in my arms for the first time, the same feelings come to both me & my Husband and we'll just know what his name should be.
After all, he's stuck with it forever.
What are your thoughts? Do you name your baby as soon as you know the gender (or have names picked out for either sex)? Or do you wait until you meet them to decide?