There were several reasons why I didn’t share—or even settle on!—my babies’ names early in my pregnancy. For one, I come from a superstitious family. In Jewish tradition, naming the baby before it is born is a no-no. (I didn’t even feel comfortable referring to my incubating babies by nicknames!)
Beyond that, we hadn’t really even agreed on names until we neared my third trimester.
And to be honest, I just find it a little strange to throw around the names of unborn babies—a weird feeling I can’t put my finger on—though of course people do it all the time.
Among those people is American Idol alum Kimberly Caldwell, who confirmed to People that she’s expecting her first child with soccer player hubby Jordan Harvey, and is now feeling good at 18 weeks along. In the interview, she also shared the baby’s full name: Harlow Monroe Harvey.
Caldwell actually revealed her growing baby girl’s name even earlier: On her Instagram page, she posted a photo at 16 weeks along, a selfie in which she holds her baby bump, styled in a black and white dress with turquoise statement necklace. She captioned the photo, “First day to rock my bump! #herewego #babyharlow #16weeks.”
Sharing a name at 16 weeks seems jarringly early to me, but this of course is just one among the many super-personal choices expecting parents make during pregnancy.
I’d love to hear from you: How early did you start calling your baby by name?
During my twin pregnancy, I was always much too superstitious to refer to my babies by any names: not by their actual names, which we’d selected about halfway through, and not by any nicknames, either.
But I do remember that when my sister was pregnant with my first nephew, she nicknamed him “Dean,” because it made a funny rhyme with their last name, Green—and they referred to the baby in utero as Dean so frequently that I accidentally posted a birth announcement to Facebook using the nickname on the day he was born! It had become so ingrained.
I also have plenty of friends whose unborn babies have gone by names like Peanut—and I bet you do, too. Turns out, tons of expecting parents give fun nicknames to their unborn babies!
Ovuline, the developers of Ovia Fertility and Ovia Pregnancy mobile apps, collected data from its 2 million users and developed a map showing unique baby nicknames in each U.S. state.
Turns out, some of the names are pretty hilarious as well as adorable. For instance, some California parents refer to their unborn babes as Tiniest Bear or Starburst. In Minnesota, choice examples include Fish Stick and Shining Star. And in Nebraska, some music-minded parents picked Little Drummer and Future Rockstar to identify their future offspring. Other silly choices around the country include Sugar Lump… and Little Meatball. (Paging Snooki and Jwoww!)
Check out the whole map here:
I’d love to hear from you: Did or doyou have a silly name for your unborn baby?
If you want your pregnancy announcement to go viral, it’s a solid bet to set it to a catchy Taylor Swift track. Mom Kimmy Baker knows a thing or two about that because she has a a viral video production company, TyKy Videos, with her husband. So when the family found out they were expecting again — a surprise third pregnancy with two girls already — they created a pregnancy announcement video set to the tune of “Blank Space” with all the makings of a YouTube sensation.
The parody serves as both the family’s announcement to friends and family, as well as a way to have fun with the stress of baby naming. “Got a long list of my favorites. You’ll think that they’re insane. We’re having another baby…. so let’s pick a name!” goes the chorus, a parody of Swift’s lyrics.
“Something young and reckless? Like Zane, Lexi, or Star…” muses the expectant mama, riffing off the song’s original words. “Or something timeless, like Mary, Kate, or Bart?”
The thing I find curious—and yet refreshing—about the vid is that Kimmy is utterly transparent about the family’s shock, even their freakout, over having an unplanned third baby. “New baby, yes I cried. Now we’re happy for this little bean. Aint it funny, didn’t try. And I know we didn’t want three. But hey, we can’t pretend. I guess we’ll see how this one ends. Guess it’s time to tell our friends!”
Sure, it’s a little blunt for a pregnancy announcement—and something their third kid may very well see some day. But hey, I love any parent who’s willing to tell it like it is. Folks willing to speak honestly about the wild journey of parenthood remind the rest of us that the twists and turns are just a part of the adventure. And we roll with it!
Christina Ricci is pregnant with her first child—and just under her deadline! You read that right. Back in 2008, the actress was quoted by HollyScoop.com as saying, “I want to get married and have kids, maybe not next year, but before I’m 35.” Well, she did it. Christina is 34!
Christina and hubby James Heerdegen—a camera technician she met on the set of her short-lived 2011 TV show, Pan Am—had been keeping their baby-on-the-way status on the DL. But as they say, pictures speak a thousand words, and photos surfaced of Christina walking through LAX with a sizable bump (accentuated by wearing a belt just below her chest, a tell-tale sign of maternity wear!).
While Christina has yet to comment about her pregnancy, her publicist confirmed Christina is indeed pregnant. The mom-to-be has said she thinks she’ll be a “good mother, and entertaining.” Congrats to Christina and James! I can’t wait to hear what they name their baby. Personally, I’d love them to choose the name Wednesday (as in Christina’s character in the Addams Family)—it’s a unisex baby name, so it’ll work no matter whether they’re having a boy or girl.
It’s only been two months since singer Kelly Clarkson announced she and hubby Brandon Blackstock were pregnant. Soon after she said she had a “gut feeling” she was having a girl, telling Parade: “I’m totally gonna have a girl. I’m manifesting it! And when I have a girl, you’re gonna be like, ‘That chick knew it!’” she joked.
Well, that chick knew it! Or manifested it! Or is just a really good guesser (well, it was a 50-50 chance she’d be right—there are only two options), because she is in fact having a daughter!
“We just found out we’re having a girl officially! I knew it! Only a girl could cause this much drama with all this vomiting ha!” she announced on Twitter Monday.
She already told Ellen DeGeneres that she and Brandon have chosen a unisex baby name that they were planning to use whether they were having a boy or girl. But no one’s getting that name out of her.
“We’re not saying because I don’t want someone to steal my baby’s name,” said Kelly. “We named our kid before we were even pregnant!”
PS Musical geniuses Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale are expecting their third boy later this year. Maybe there’s a duet in these two kids’ futures!
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TELL US: Did you have baby names picked out even before you got pregnant? If you’ve already had the baby, what did you name him or her?