Some people think baby names are open for debate after the baby has been named.
Newsflash: they’re not.
Hearing that a friend or family member’s baby has been named something you don’t like, is the most harmless type of ‘uncomfortable’.
Too weird, too old-fashioned, too racy, too hard to pronounce, too boring, too modern, too difficult to spell…. All those thoughts might run through our heads upon hearing the name awarded to the latest cute little thing to enter the world. But of course, most of us would never actually articulate our displeasure out loud.
Most of us....
Minutes after my daughter was born a midwife asked, "What's her name?"
"Nancy", my husband and I said, lovingly gazing at our little possum. The midwife looked perplexed and asked what our daughter's middle name would be.
"Rose," we replied.
The midwife looked relieved and nodded, "Well, you can just call her by her middle name, then".
Listen: Rebecca Judd and Monique Bowley discuss the right to shotgun baby names on Hello Bump. Post continues...
One of my girlfriends announced her baby's name to her obstetrician - legs still in the air - when he muttered, "Ah ha, family obligations". Um, no. No obligation. She just liked the name.
Another girlfriend had a family member turn up to the maternity ward during visiting hours asking the family what the baby's REAL name was. Because the one she'd heard couldn't possibly be legit.