There is so much to think about before meeting your baby, among other things choosing their name, or you may have met them and still don't have a name! We were definitely in the last category with our first child, we felt guilty every time anyone asked what he was called and we had no idea!
Whether picking a traditional name or something unique, it all comes down to choosing a name that you love (and your partner loves too!). I can't remember how many times I liked a name and my partner vetoed it and vice versa!
It is worth thinking about how your babies name will sound with your last name, is it hard to say? or do the names together sound like something else. We have heard of some rather unfortunate names, too rude for me to write here! but Richard Weed gives you an innocent example. Peter Hart sounds like a normal name, but with a professional work email address of phart@...?! I think you get the idea. Also don't forget to look at how the initials go together and what they spell, some may be a little embarrassing or regrettable. Think about what their nickname at school could be too.
We tried looking at name lists and books for ideas before our first born arrived, I think I gave up after only looking at names that began with the letter A. It felt more like reading a dictionary or coming up with words for a strange game of Scrabble than finding a name for our precious little bundle. Those of you of have always known what you wanted to call your children are the lucky ones!
It is tricky, if you decide to give your baby a name that is too popular, you might find that every kid in the park turns and looks at you when you call out your child's name. That said picking a name that is very unique or has an unusual spelling may cause them a lifetime of frustration. After getting married I now understand this, for the rest of my life I will be spelling out my last name, there is definitely something to be said for being called Smith!
Of course naming your baby is personal choice and completely up to you, it is just good to be aware of how it may effect them throughout their life. Luckily in New Zealand the government has some limits of what is acceptable, you won't find a Kiwi called Prince Harry or V8 here!
Good luck and let the search begin!!