Tuesday, November 26, 2013

What's In a Name?

Naming a child is difficult business, isn't it?  You have to think of everything.  Does it sound good with your last name?  Will they be made fun of because of it?  And the big one:  Does my spouse like it?  The last one has been the stickler for us.  Every name I like, he doesn't like.  Every name he likes, I don't like.  We have been at quite a standstill until recently.

Many of you added name ideas on Facebook (thank you!!) and we had amassed quite a list on our iPad.  My sister sent a quick text to me a few weeks ago and said, "What do you think about Lillian?  I keep calling her that in my head."  It sounded very pretty to me so I brought it up to my husband.  "What do you think about Lillian Rose?" I asked him.  I fully expected a rejection so I didn't have my hopes up.  "I like it.  It's pretty," he said.  So Lillian it was.  At least until yesterday.

My husband pulled me away from doing the dishes and said very seriously, "There's something I need to talk to you about.  You're going to kill me."  Now, when a husband says this, does your mind ever go to simple things?  No.  Your mind goes to huge tragic things like "I spent all our money on gambling" or "I took a job out of state.  Pack your things."  So when he said, "I don't think I like the name Lillian," I felt more like hugging him than killing him.  "Well," I started, "we have three more months to decide.  Just send me a list."  He agreed and headed off to work with a quick hug and kiss.

I found a few names online during the boys' nap (I like quick decisions.  I was ready to start stenciling her name!) and sent my husband a text with a list.  Amazingly, he liked my favorite.  He liked the name that I have been calling her ever since we found out she was a girl.  Rosie.  We will name her Rosalie so that she has a formal (read: grown up) name.  As soon as we decided, it just felt so right.  It was as if that's what she was always meant to be called.  After a few minutes discussion on middle names, we decided to name her after my favorite woman in the world, my mom.  So her name will be Rosalie Rebecca.

We called my mom to tell her and she let out a scream and started crying and saying, "Oh thank you, thank you."  I have only seen her cry a handful of times in my life.  I think it was the very best gift either of us could give her.  And our Rosie will have a lot to live up to with a namesake like my mom.  I only hope she's half the woman my mom is.

How did you decide on your child's name?  What meaning is behind it for you?

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