My Mom Friends have warned to not share name contenders for the baby with friends, family, or strangers, because the full-on judgment is not something fun to deal with. They advised, keep any baby names a secret. I thought, maybe they were overreacting, who cares what other people think? But now that I’m in that arena, I have found that keeping your mouth shut is excellent advice!
As one parent said, people express an opinion even when they don’t mean too — it ranges from blank expression to vehement monologues on why the name they just heard is stupid, and my reaction has been complete defensive.
Not that we have a final name, but I don’t even want to list contenders, in order to preserve all my friendships and superficial relationships. Yay!
(The baby’s name is Sasquatch. Deal with it.)