Originally Posted by ~Megan~
Do you wait for the "ah-hah!" moment and just know? Did you discuss it way in advance and this is the name no matter what? Do you look for something popular, does that matter to you at all? Do you look for something that matches your other kids names? Do you look at the meaning to decide?
Each time just seemed to be a little different. I mostly picked names on the first three, with a little input here and there from then-DH. Except for the middle name of my second child, none were family names. I put my foot down there - my family WAY over-uses names. (I have a brother whose 5 sons all have the same middle name as him, then there's about a dozen Ray/Rae middle names, and at least a good 8 or 9 Louise's, a few Merrill's, a handful of Mae's, and a couple of Timothy's. Then-DH had about 5 or 6 Louise's and a handful of Susan/Suzanne's, and wanted to go with Louise, but I said ABSOLUTELY NOT. No offense to any Louise-lovers out there, but I hate it - old-fashioned and, in my family, worn out.)
It was more of a compromise thing with the last two. This DH wanted more straightforward, traditional names that could be translated into Spanish, hence Thomas and Gabriella. But I wanted something a little less common and with more of an Irish flavor (Tommy's middle name is Kieran) or at least that was just a little different (Gabbi's mid. name was ALMOST Siobhan, but got changed to Diane at the last minute).
This time, he had very little say at all. I picked Jayson if it's a boy. He said no. I said... well, I can't repeat it here, I'd get censored
. So he agreed to it only if I spelled it Jason. I just smiled. He doesn't fill out the paperwork so it's not really up to him. He picked Scott for a middle name which I liked anyway. For a girl he said Olivia. I said no. There was an argument. I told him it was probably a boy anyway so we stopped talking about it. Now he's not in the picture so he doesn't get ANY say... oh well for him.
This past weekend I had an A-HA moment for a girl's name: Jewyll Raine. So there it is. He'll hate it but he's not even going to be there for the birth, so I don't see that it makes much of a difference.
Originally Posted by hyz
I thought you had to put the name on the birth certificate right away if you're giving birth in a hospital. Is that true? How long can you wait after birth to give the official name?
I always thought you HAD to have a name. In the hospital you are required to get a physician's signature on the certificate, so how would you get that without filling it out?
Then again, when my XDH was a baby, his parents called him "Bay" for two weeks after he came home from the hospital. (Short for "Baby.") They couldn't pick anything and he ended up being a Junior.