I've been thinking alot about my baby boy today, especially about his name. When we first got his referral and found out his name was Bright my first reaction was, "Bright?! Hmmm...that's kind of neat." But within a few minutes both Eric and the kids were talking about how "Brighton" would be the perfect name--and I think it is if we're going to change his name. After all, it's just barely a change, right?! And he'll still probably go by Bright half of the time anyway, since all names seem to be shortened in some way or another.
In the past I've always started calling our referred children by their "new" names immediately. Taevy was Taevy, not Kun Thea, from the day we got her referral. Samren was Samren. But Bright has NOT been Brighton. I think I've not changed over to calling him Brighton (in part) because of the loss we felt when we lost Kendi (Juliet) and Caynan (Emmanuel) from Ghana. I started calling them by their new names immediately and then felt like such an idiot when things fell through. So I've been more cautious with Bright.
The side effect of me calling our baby Bright for the past 5 months is that now I can hardly imagine calling him anything else! He's just Bright to me, and I think he always will be. I think I will start referring to him as Brighton sometimes in writing once we have that adoption decree though (a sign of our kinship I suppose).
So here's my questions for you all (leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org):
1. Bright or Brighton as the official name? ( ________ Isaiah Anagbo Gillispie)
2. Will other kids make fun of the name Bright? I especially worry about this because he has more of a potential for cognitive disabilities than other kids.3. When would you start calling him Brighton? When is "right?"
Don't worry. No pressure! No big decisions are going to be based on your thoughts. I'm just curious to hear what others think about my sweetie's name!Anita