Naming Our Upcoming Baby!!

This past weekend, my wife and I decided on the names for our upcoming baby. Again, we have opted to not find out the gender of kid. KC enjoys this more than I do. She finds a thrill and excitement not knowing the sex of the baby. I on the other hand, would rather know if I would need to buy more baseball equipment (for a boy) or firearms (for the potential girl's boyfriends). Our first two children together, we opted to find out the sex of the baby. Her oldest and our last child, we did not.

I always found it off when people would ask…

"Do you know what you're having?"

"Yes, a girl!"

"A girl?!?! Awwwwww!!"

I've often wondered if there's ever been a time where the inquisitor was put off by the answer.

"Do you know what you're having?"

"Yes, a girl!"

"A girl? Oh.. Well, good luck with all of that!!"

One time I asked someone if I told them it was the opposite gender would they have been excited. They thought for a moment and said yes. So this leads me to believe that people are just nosey. Be excited that we're having a baby if you hold no personal interest in it yourself.

Our first two children together, KC already had the names picked out for the kids and I had no input whatsoever. I tried to get the boy named after me, but it seemed like the most disgusting thing she's ever heard. But this last baby, I was the one who had come up with the names. My wife is Hispanic and I'm a whitey. Our three oldest all have predominantly "white" names. It's not so bad because the kids have a nice light tan skin color. I feel that I would need to provide my DNA anytime I went to pick up my kids from church daycare if they were any darker just to prove that this white boy is their dad. So this last kid, I wanted to go with a Hispanic name. The name I came up with for a boy was Joaquin. Joaquin Alejandro. I thought it was perfect. He'd grow up to be the next Zorro. KC liked it. As did others. MaddSkills? Not so much.

KC started balking on the name of Joaquin as it got closed to the due date. But she did not have any back ups. And Eric Daniel Bolton II still made her throw up in her mouth. Fast forward to delivery day. Joaquin is still top of my list and she has no backups. So I ask her, "if something happens to you, what do you want name to be if it's a boy?" She still didn't know. But I said, if something does, it's going to be "Eric 2.0" and you can just be mad at me from Heaven and take it up with me when I show up. Thankfully she was fine, and our baby was a girl. So now Joaquin can never be used again for any future children.

Now back to this upcoming one. For a boy, I want his initials to be "JD". So I can call him.. "JD". The name made it on the official name scratch paper which makes it totally binding in any court custody case.

People ask.

"Do you have any names picked out?"

"Yeah.. "JD" if a boy…"


Again with the nosiness. Not that it matters anyways. My wife feels that it's going to be a girl, so I know she's just humoring me with letting me choose the boy's name.
If you're a parent, did you always find out the gender of your baby or babies? If you plan on having kids, do you plan on finding out? Any interesting name stories out there?

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  1. Hey Eric,

    We found out our kids gender before they were born. I felt that knowing helped with my bonding with the baby before the birth. It gave me kind of a glimpse of who I was going to be a father too- atleast within my own head at the time. It also made the pregnancy so much more real. I think that the mothers get this because they feel the baby kicking inside of them all the time. Us dads have to bond in other ways, and in my case, by knowing if I was having a boy or a girl. -Jason

  2. We opted to find out, so we could be prepared.

    Probably would do it again. We just liked Lukas, so used it. No interesting story there from us.

  3. I started to comment, but then I got so carried away, I decided to make a post out of it.

    Thanks for the memories and best wishes on your new arrival!

  4. Jason - I think that was the issue with my last child. It took a while for me to call her by her name instead of "the baby"..

    James - That's why I want to know... To be prepared.. But then I'm countered with.. "In regards to what??!"

    SPG - Thanks for props..


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