I'm seven months pregnant with a baby boy and so looking forward to meeting the little guy. But, I am also dreading the birth because my husband's family just assumes that my child will be the fourth in a long line of family members named John Patrick. I want to pick a unique name for my son. My husband goes by Trip and his father goes by Jack and his grandfather is John, but everyone still knows they all have the same name. How do I break the news to my extended family without breaking their hearts?
— A Name of His Own
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A Name of His Own,
I think the best way to break the news is to be honest. You and your husband should simply tell his parents and grandparents that although you appreciate their family's tradition, you plan on naming your child something unique. They made an assumption and this is your child — you owe no apologies. It's better to risk the possibility of upsetting a few relatives than not liking your youngster's name.
— Mommy Dearest
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