Originally Posted by sophigirl
Thank you, everyone, for your replies! They are all very helpful, in seeing that there are so many different approaches out there... Sorry I didn't respond earlier - my schoolwork load is crazy busy nowdays, since I am trying to work ahead in anticipation of the girls' arrival.
We are still playing the alphabet game, although my husband started saying things like "I probably will have to see them before I could name them." I'm more with macrandall on this - I don't think there are really wrong names because the name will adjust to the baby and the baby to the name, but I don't want to be pushy about it.
So just in case - does anyone know if you have to name them before they leave the hospital?
You don't have to, but the hassle in paperwork is a little harder if you take them home without names. I've been "checked-out" of the hospital, and sitting on one of the benches, forcing myself to pick a name before we left because I didn't want to have the extra paperwork. I've always been like that with deadlines.
Which is why I picked out my twins names before they were born. I was in the hospital for a few weeks on bedrest before they came, and because of everything I was sacrificing for them, and doing NOTHING else, including taking care of my three older children who were at home with their dad an hour away, I felt like I knew them before they arrived. My husband didn't really have a say at that point :) I wrote in my journal the special meanings of their names, and how they were connected. Both of their names contain last names of great-grandmas from different sides of the family. That way they match, they are connected, they mean something to each other, but they didn't sound matching. I really needed that for these little identicals of mine. I love how special their names are to me.