It was roughly three years ago when our first sonogram showed not one – but TWO – heartbeats on the screen.
A handful of my closest friends were in on the news, and at some point I gave the babies “code names” so we could talk about them more freely.
Of course at the time we didn’t know the gender of the babies, so I assumed that one was a boy, and one was a girl.
As we were in the middle of the Democratic primary debates, I began calling one baby “Barack” and one baby “Hillary”.
We had all sorts of fun conversations about the elbows being thrown in there. And the best standing joke was, “Which one is on the left?”
We had our telling ultrasound at around 18 weeks, when I learned the genders of the babies. I came back to work, beaming at the thought of two healthy babies…and at the fun of telling my friends that we no longer had Barack and Hillary, but rather Hillary and Michelle [Obama].
It wasn’t long after that that Hubby and I decided on the girls’ names. [FYI: Baby A’s name actually starts with “A” and Baby B’s name actually starts with “B”.]
We weren’t keeping the names a secret, so “Hillary and Michelle” were soon replaced with the girls’ actual names.
It’s been a long time since I thought of my little ones so fondly in the context of political debates…but the memory definitely brings a smile (and a chuckle!).
Did your baby/-ies have code names in utero? Did you share their intended names before they were born?