As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I started thinking of names. I googled baby name sites and checked meanings to see what I liked. The only criteria we had was that we wanted the baby to have a name that started with the letter “E” after my dad’s first name, Edward, or the letter “C” after my dad’s middle name, Conway. Because my dad is no longer with us, I thought it would be a simple and nice tribute to him.
I expected people to have an opinion on the baby name we picked, but I wasn’t prepared for all of the unsolicited feedback. Everyone from family members to friends to coworkers had an opinion on the names my husband and I considered.
About halfway through my pregnancy, I thought back to a conversation I had with one of my pregnant friends when I first found out I was pregnant. When I asked her what they were going to name her daughter a couple of weeks before she was due, my friend told me that they were waiting to reveal the name until she was born. I thought it was a cute idea, but didn’t really get it. Doesn’t everyone talk about what they are going to name their child before they’re born? I thought talking about the names of your unborn children was par for the course.
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