Deciding on a name is still a long way off for us, but it's one of those things you can't help but think about from a very early stage.
So it was interesting to read this article over the weekend about a mother who changed her baby's name 6 months after he was born, with very mixed reactions from other mums, friends and her family.
Kate and I currently seem to heading in the same direction name-wise. And I mooted the idea yesterday of waiting until after the baby's born to see what name best suits (which I thought was a rather sensitive suggestion from a dad-to-be) but the all-knowing mother of my child seemed to think otherwise.
This being week 12, we're both really looking forward to being able to tell people. Finally.
We've got to wait until this Friday - the official end of the first trimester - and then we can go nuts: friends, colleagues and of course HR departments.
Although Mum & Dad have asked that we put in calls to Grannie and Granama (the family matriarchs should be the first to know). And then we plan on letting the news filter organically through to our numerous aunts and uncles.
Truth be told, if the Grannies-to-be have anything to do with it (and let's be honest...) then most of Lancashire and Yorkshire will have found out by teatime on Friday.
I'm sure there's some official announcement in the offing too. But we might get away with just the one broadsheet this time around, rather than The Times and The Telegraph, which our engagement ended up in.
We told our brothers (Olly and Richie) over the weekend.(I managed to fluff my planned 'Hello, is that Uncle Olly?' line).His excitable reaction was hilarious and very sweet:"It's like people always who remember where they were when JFK was shot - I'll alwaysremember this moment".Really surprising, given he's never been one for over-exaggeration.
And then we were three. But lest we forget what the early days with the bundle of noise and joy (but mostly noise) was like, we're writing it down. That way in later life, Madeleine can verify her early history and catch us out as we re-write it for our own ends, as parents are wont to do. Hang on a sec - so, whose idea was this?