3rd Trimester Freak Outs - Baby Name Hysteria

Alien (1979)

This post promises to be only somewhat entertainment-adjacent.

We have two months left before Hammerspawn: The Sequel makes its debut around Christmas Day.  John may beg to differ on this, but I think I'm a pretty low-key, drama-free pregnant lady.  I don't get morning sickness.  I don't freak out about every little new pain or sensation (though I will cop to complaining at times about the persistent ones).  I am barely concerned with the fact that we have exactly one article of clothing for this child to wear when it arrives at our house since our older child's infant layette seems to have disappeared into thin air.  
But I did nearly have a panic attack this week while watching How I Met Your Mother.
Lily and Marshall are trying to get pregnant.  And wrapped up in all the excitement, they decide to start making a list of baby names.  This is where I started to get nervous: Don't mention my baby names, you TV characters!
Like I said, I have two months left to go.  Everyone I know who is pregnant right now is either due after me or has already revealed their baby names.  In my personal life, our names (which we have mentioned to nary a soul) seem to be in the clear.  The wild card is the world at large.  I am very concerned that over the course of the next 60 days, some TV character is going to use one of my names or a celebrity will give s/his baby one of my names and make the name wildly popular and/or ubiquitous thus rendering it useless to me.  I call it the Emma Principle, based on how many girls (or boys?) were named Emma after Rachel and Ross used the name on Friends.
Because, you know, this is a much more productive reason to get worked up than, say, wondering how I'm going to keep a tenuous hold on my sanity once the new baby arrives.  Or how I'm going to manage to get to Starbucks with several tiny humans in tow.


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  • So Esther wasn't your girls name, then? If it was, I'd guess that what ultimately turned you off to it wasn't so much the baby named Esther but the stripper with "specilized" skills. Right? Am i right?

  • In reply to Ashby:

    See, the specialized skills don't bother me so much. If I have a daughter, I want her to use her talents, whatever they may be.

  • In reply to Ashby:

    Or you could just have future fun with it. See the comic at this link. http://xkcd.com/327/

  • In reply to JReed:

    This is too geeky, even for me.

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