Before we even knew that Erin would be a girl, we had a list of names that we liked. Strangely, the list didn’t actually have any boys names on it. I’m super picky and I don’t like names that can be shortened. This made our list VERY short. I think we only had a couple of names on the list and even then, I wasn’t sold on any of them. I realised recently that I had never written about how Erin got her name.
On the day we had our 20 week scan I had to get the train to meet John from work. I don’t know what was happening on that train or what I was thinking about but all of a sudden a name popped into my head. Knowing what I’m like and the likelihood of my forgetting it, I wrote it on my hand.
During our appointment, which we were really late for as I got the time wrong (I blame pregnancy brain), I looked back down at my hand as soon as we were told they were pretty sure it was a girl. I knew then that her name was definitely going to be Erin.
When we got home I rang my mum to tell her the news. I hadn’t told her about the name, only about the scan. Mum then went on to say she thought of a really nice name; Erin. I couldn’t believe it. There was no way of her knowing that I’d already thought of it and that I liked it.
Ever since that day I couldn’t think of Erin with any other name. I know people who have had names picked out for months only to change it once the baby is born. I was slightly worried, seeing as I’d been calling Erin by her name while I was pregnant. Luckily, the minute she was born I knew the name was perfect for her. I can’t imagine her being called anything else now.
Did you know what your child’s name would be? Do you have a nice story of how you came up with it?