Do you ever find yourself holding your breath when someone you are relatively close to is pregnant / has a baby, sort of hoping that they don’t choose YOUR names?
Do you ever feel almost happy when they choose a name you would NEVER EVER pick?
I only ask because I find myself doing this quite a bit lately as more friends get pregnant / have children. It’s not like we couldn’t still use the name, but sometimes it’s like grade school – you do something second and you are seen as copying.
I think it’s especially tricky in the ttc world because (1) you may have been trying / working on trying long before the other couple even considered getting pregnant and (2) they may not even know that you are trying. Which can lead to extra bitterness and annoyance if “your names” for a baby you would have had before they even became pregnant get stolen from under you.*
I have to admit that I have been close to elated when friends (and non-friends alike) have chosen names I would never in a million years choose. They may not even be names I dislike, just names I wouldn’t want to say over and over again.
What do you think?
*Can you tell I’m a little biased today?