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?