Thomas Elliott arrived last week! We ended up revealing the name to family before filling out the birth certificate forms, so we were able to confirm the official family spelling of Elliott with DH's grandparents (and I was right that there was confusion—e.g. the newspaper wedding announcement for DH's parents had it spelled Elliot). We've gotten universally positive feedback on the name from family and friends.

I confess that I'm having a hard time settling into what to call him. He had to be whisked away to the NICU within minutes of birth (difficulty breathing—they got him fixed up really quickly and he's perfectly fine now, though it was a scary start), so I didn't get the opportunity to try the name out in that first hour the way I had hoped to. DH wants to call him TomTom (which was one of my nickname suggestions, so I'm fine with it), but so far we've just been calling him Baby ourselves and introducing him to others as Thomas. I keep telling DH that we have to start using his name (in some form), otherwise a few years down the line he'll end up getting bullied on the playground for introducing himself as Baby. :-/

I will probably be MIA from the forums for awhile—this little guy wants to be held around the clock and every spare second I have these days is for sleeping (I'm typing one-handed now). I hope to be back sooner rather than later! Thanks, everyone, for your earlier feedback on his name!


April 16, 2013 9:10 AM

Congrats!  Thomas Elliott is a lovely name.  Don't worry too much about his nickname, one will happen-I promise he won't be "Baby" forever.

April 16, 2013 9:20 AM

Congratulations! Thomas Elliott is a very handsome name! TomTom is cute, but I agree with the previous poster -- don't stress about the nickname, it will happen! I always find it takes me a couple weeks to get used the name ... when my oldest was born (also a Thomas!), within the first couple of weeks, when my mom and I were talking about him, we said the wrong name three or four times ... I remember Matthew, Nathaniel, and James all slipping out of our mouths when we meant to say *Thomas*, even though none of those names were names my husband and I even considered, nor were they common to us because of friends/family members! Enjoy your baby boy!!

April 16, 2013 11:14 AM

Congratulations! I was just wondering about you this morning and am so happy to see that all went well. Thomas Elliott is a wonderful name. Don't worry--I think it's common to feel disconnected about the baby's name. Going from the hypothetical to the real is jarring in so many ways! I called my first son Stephen for a while (his name is Peter) because my mom kept calling him that. I also found it bizarre when the first piece of mail arrived for my children (from the pediatrician in all three cases). Seeing the printed name on an envelope just seemed incredibly weird. He'll become Thomas/TomTom/Tommy to you soon enough and you won't be able to think of him with any other name.

April 16, 2013 1:49 PM

Congratulations and welcome Baby Thomas!

April 16, 2013 1:53 PM

Wonderful and classic! Congratulations :)

I hope that you are able to come back and visit soon. I always enjoy reading your input.

April 16, 2013 5:56 PM

Congratulations on the arrival of Thomas Elliott! i had also been wondering about you :) 

It is definitely weird getting used to calling the baby by an actual name, and it's a spin out seeing it on mail etc to start with.

Enjoy your time with Thomas, those early days are hard work but so special.

By hyz
April 17, 2013 1:49 PM

Yay, congratulations!  A handsome, classic name for your little bub!  I agree the nns will come over time, and I also remember it feeling weird to use the babies' names at first.  With our daughter, we continued to use one of her in-utero nns quite a lot for awhile ("the bean"--we still refer to her that way sometimes, actually), and had to almost force ourselves to start using her name so that it became comfortable and natural.  It really didn't take long for it to settle in, though!  Enjoy your sweet baby, and we'll look forward to hearing from you more once you have your hands free again! 

April 17, 2013 3:58 PM

Congratulations on the safe and happy arrival of Baby Thomas Elliott, and kudos for naming a BOY Elliott. :-) 

I wouldn't worry about nicknames, etc.  That will happen organically.  I always called Edward Edward, even though he eventually decided to be called Ed.  He and I have gone round about that on numerous occasions--he would like me to call him Ed in public because that's his "brand" for selling his books, publishing his articles, etc., but I won't.  I chose his name--it was my prerogative.  I call other people by the names they designate, but in the case of my son, I am the one who did the designating, and as far as I am concerned, that's all there is to it.  As it happens, we all call Elliott by his full name, no nickname.  My DIL does not like to mention his full name online, so there she uses "developmental" names; i.e., he went from Mr. Toddler to (the current) L'il E.

April 17, 2013 11:00 PM

Congratulations! Enjoy your sweet snuggly boy!

April 25, 2013 3:41 PM

Congrats Evie! Thomas Elliott (with 2 T's) is such a grand name. The right nn will ocme to you in time but if you haven't already thought of it you might want to throw T/Tee into the ring.

May 6, 2013 5:12 PM

I know I'm late on this but congratulations.  Thomas is my absolute favorite boys name!  I'm partially to Tommy for a baby.