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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

My daughters name.

Many people I know in real life know our daughter's name. When they ask, I tell them. I do not however shout it from the rooftops, and not one of my students know her name, either. There's something weird to me about all 900 of my students calling her by name that kind of freaks me out. Weird, no? But, I'm sorry friends, I'm withholding it from you, too- its true. But, it's kind of fun, isn't it? [Don't punch me!] I guess for me, there is a huge difference between putting it out there for the world wide web to see, or telling someone face to face when they ask.

But, I have to say--that when people ask, I definitely cringe a little. I don't "love" to share her name to people before she's out here and you can pair a cute little face with the name.

Because-the truth is, her name is not that common (at least around here--at all!), and it is very unique. It's also more of an old-fashioned name, which we absolutely LOVE (we're definitely fans of that). Not to mention, the meaning [seriously.cant.wait.to.share.]--it's perfect and beautiful and it's important to us. I believe her name (through the meaning) has been confirmed to us over and over and over again. Which is why I won't waiver on this name, no-sirree.

The problem is-since it's not too common of a name, when I tell people, I often don't get the typical response you'd want to hear.

Honestly, I should expect that. But, since we've been using it so often (around the house and with family), it just seems so normal to us now. Not to mention, hearing my 3 year old niece say it over and over again just melts my heart and makes me love it even more.

Don't get me wrong, no one has ever proclaimed their dislike for the name or anything (and there are lots of people who do actually love it like us), but I typically get the delayed response of, "Ohhhhhhh...that's diffferent!", or "ahhh....interesting-and...and... unique." They obviously hesitate, and that's fine. It's almost as if they scramble to figure out what to say.

I just need to remember that right now, it doesn't really matter what anyone else thinks.

We love it.

We know it's right.

It's been confirmed to us over and over again.

And when everyone sees that cute little face in a matter of weeks and pairs it with the name--
it will be a perfect fit.

Until then...

Happy Tuesday!

50 comments:

  1. I think it's kind of fun that you aren't sharing the name, yet!

    That way, the little princess will be able to make her GRANDE ENTRANCE to the blog world!

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  2. I thought it was going to be THE post! I can't wait to hear her name. But I don't blame you for not sharing. We aren't even TTC but have decided when we do get pregnant that we won't be sharing the name either.

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  3. Awww! I bet it's absolutely perfect. You know what's best for you little girl :)

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  4. Ooh, I can't wait to find out what it is! I love old-fashioned names!!!

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  5. I think there's a lot to a name. The fact that you didn't just pick a name out of a baby book and call it done. The fact that you choose ever so carefully because this will be with her forever. I love that you love it! It's so darn cute and who cares what everyone thinks as long as you and Declan love it! I cannot wait to pair her face with her name, it'll all fall into place! So good for you for holding out, for the most part, and picking a name that is so dear to your heart! If only everyone would do that, I wouldn't be working with children who have the following names to haunt them for the rest of their lives..... Let me present to you:

    Felony, Innocent, La-A (prounced La Dash a)...ikidyounot. Also mixed in there is: Montana, Kabra, Nagee, Heaven, ABCDE (prounced Ab-c-de), Female (prounced Fa-male (e with an accent).

    Ok that's all for now :-) Enjoy!

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  6. I cannot WAIT to find out her name! We don't know what we're having but we have had both of our names picked out since before we were pregnant. So far, the boy name has stayed exactly the same and the girl name has only changed a little bit (switching the first and middle name). My hubby tells everyone who asks what names we're thinking of but I kind of feel hesitant to do so. I kind of want there to be some surprise when he/she is born and people find out the name.

    Also, our girl name is an older name, and can be considered different and we've heard many of the same comments "ohh ... that's interesting". It's funny when people rave and gush about our boy name and then say something like "oh, that's nice too" about our girl name! But we don't care, it will be her name and we think it's beautiful.

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  7. Hey Katie! I'm so curious now. What are ya gonna name her???? I think old fashion names are beautiful and timeless. It's really hard choosing a name but it sounds like you have a perfect match.

    Hope all goes well. Congrats on your little one!!!

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  8. I can not wait to hear the name, I love different names. If it is important and meaningful to you thats what matters and makes it perfect.

    We picked Avin, like Gavin without the G and it is different and not common on at all, We love it and I feel like its perfect for her!

    I love baby names again I can't wait to hear it! You should give us a list of other names you considered that you didnt pick!

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  9. Sorry, just wanted to clarify that prounced should have been pronounced in my previous post.... wow :-) It's early... haha

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  10. My nephew's name is Waylon Ramp. And my niece's middle name is Higgins. Our family is no stranger to different names. I will say that some of them take a while to get used to, but I do think that as soon as you have a face to put a name with, it's MUCH easier. So, I completely understand.

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  11. Oh, yeah, I was also going to tell you that my sister had a student who's name was Aerromccah (pronounced Erica). Silent "m" and all. So I'm sure your name will be just fine. :-)

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  12. i'm so excited to find out her name!! i've got my future daughter's name picked out too...but i haven't even told the hubs yet, in case he hates it and i'm crushed! i figure....a few years down the road once we're ready to me parents...he'll be easier to persuade =)

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  13. I'm so anxious to hear it now! I love names, particularly old-fashioned less common ones. I'm sure it will suit her great! Don't get offended when people hesitate. It certainly doesn't mean that they hate it but they're not used to hearing it and take a second to form an opinion in their head. They'll love it when they realize what a wonderful little girl it describes.

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  14. All that matter is that y'all love the name of your precious daughter and you do. So that is it. Don't let anyone take the excitment, or the joy you feel about her name. I am 100% positive that it will fit your sweet little girl perfectly and she will love her name too!

    Lots of love! xoxo, KA

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  15. Sometimes I wish we hadn't shared. I didn't think it was a big deal though, we picked a pretty normal, traditional name. What's not to like? So what if we want to call him Jamie. I am fully aware that is also a girls name. Your point? I try not to let it bother me when people react in a negative way to hearing it...but whatever. It's not your name. It's not your child. So shut your pie hole and get over it!!
    It just cracks me up that people think before a baby is born it's perfectly acceptable to openly bash the name you've chosen. I mean seriously, would you EVER mock someones name to their face? I hope not!

    Can't wait to hear what beautiful name you have for your litte girl!

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  16. We named our daughter Tucker, and when I was pregnant, I constantly got the "Oh, that's different." She gets called "he" everywhere. I also got explained (as if my husband and I weren't both educators and this hadn't occured to us yet) how she would ALWAYS (a little harsh I think) becalled "Tucker **cker" (think of your least favorite curse word that rhymes with this). But no matter how many odd looks we got, we got just as many people who loved it. And we LOVED it. It's a little different without being crazy. It is a family name and will ALWAYS make me think of my wonderful grandmother (her maiden name). We love it. That's all that matters really. :)

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  17. I'm sure her name is precious just like she will be. I applaud you for keeping it secret, it's best left (for now) for you and your family to enjoy.

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  18. I think it makes it more exciting!

    I think (maybe) when I get pregnant again, i'll keep it under wraps until he/she is born! :) It makes it more special!

    Can't wait!

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  19. Oh goodness I thought you were going to tell us! Oh well...I totally get the reasons why you are waiting and I do not blame you at all! Can't wait to find out though!

    I get the whole weird name thing...I mean my name is Mateya...come on! I have only heard 2 other people ever have that name, so yeah, most people are like "Oh, that's interesting...is there a story behind it?" No...there is no story...it's just me :)

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  20. The suspense! I love unique names, I definitely don't want my daughter to have a name just like everyone else!

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  21. I'm still incredibly amazed that it isn't common there.

    It's beautiful!

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  22. I'm just gonna put my guess out there... I think you picked Lucille.

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  23. My kids will definitely have unique names, and it doesn't matter because in a few years the unique names will be considered normal!

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  24. i love her name and it will fit her perfectly! so glad i'm not being kept in suspense. haha! and you're right, it's very clear that her name was meant-to-be.

    can't wait to meet my little niece! :)

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  25. Oh oh oh I can't wait to hear what her name is!!!! And I'm sure you can't wait to meet her!! :D

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  26. I'm sure her name will be just perfect for her! I can't wait to find out what it is!

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  27. SERIOUSLY?? i scrolled, and no share? such.a.tease.!

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  28. Love the suspense. I totally understand. I hate sharing the names that I love love for my future kids. They are very different so I get weird looks and ew's. As long as you love it nothing else matters.

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  29. You do what makes you comfortable. That's OK! And remember that your name IS the right one, and you love it! if others don't get it, that's their issue and their processing of the name, not yours. You have a right to feel protective of your beautiful baby girl's name!

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  30. You know I can't wait! Are you sure you don't want to change your mind and name her Hughes? ;) haha!

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  31. btw ... im totally into the "meaning" of names too. if it means something like "big nose" ... im not going to name my child that. the names we have stored away have biblical meanings, or a meaning that is special to us. good for you! cant wait to hear it!

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  32. I hate when people keep secrets about baby names because I like to know things...but I totally get it! I probably wouldn't want to let everyone know either!

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  33. as the proud owner of a child with a unique name, i feel your pain! sometimes people's un-enthusiastic response is enough to take the joy right out of your sails...it's a real bummer, especially when you love the name so much!
    i must confess that i know her name already (via kesh) and i seriously swooned...it is SO SO beautiful! i am all about unique names and you picked a fantastic one! i'm sure it will match her personality perfectly! can't wait to meet that little one!

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  34. Ah don't worry about those people! My very dear friend was in the same situation as you... they knew it was a girl, they struggled and thought about different, unique, pretty names to fit their soon-to-be daughter, and they didn't tell anyone but family until she was born. It slipped out at the baby shower, so some close friends knew, but Momma was just horrified she would get those EXACT responses that you mentioned in the post. I don't blame you (or her) one bit! And I am sure the name you picked is perfect, my friends was, I absolutely loved it and I can't wait to hear Baby Balla's name too!
    XO!

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  35. Funny you posted this today! I had someone come up to me after my MIL talked with them thinking that they knew the name before she did. We haven't told a soul what the name is.. however, she thinks it has been leaked and doesn't know it before others!

    We are keeping it a secret, well, because we can! I agree, once they see the face with the name, it all comes together and the past doesn't matter anymore. I can't wait to hear it!

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  36. I can't wait to hear the name!!! I'm sure it's going to fit her just perfectly.

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  37. Can't wait to hear the name!!

    When we decided On Evelyn Naomi, some people were like, hmm interesting, but we loved the meaning and it was after my great-grandmother.

    I adore the older generation names too!

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  38. I am so excited to find out your name. I don't know how you're keeping it a secret! Go girl!!

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  39. i have been wondering what her name is!!! I don't blame you for not telling us all , YET! We are keeping our names that we like under wraps for fear of it being stolen.... Can't wait to hear what she will be named!

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  40. Love the suspense of the name....I know how you feel about names choosing. My MIL is very vocal when it comes to names so I told her I'd rather not discuss names until Ryan and I are set on on. Because you are right it really does not matter what other think .:) It is kind of frustrating when she trys to talk us out of ones that we are entertaining. I love unique names and can't wait till you deliver your baby girl so she can reveal her name!

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  41. oh baby names :) my inlaws didn't tell anyone! We were all very suprised when Desmond arrived :) I am terrible at secrets. I wish I could do that! But I think everyone already knows what names I have picked out.

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  42. I think it's fine not to share the name too. We didn't get to say it a lot before she was born because my FIL didn't want to know the gender, and had a hissy fit when anyone said the name. Even after the first time someone accidentally said it and he CLEARLY knew the name. Sigh.

    Anyway...I can't wait to hear!

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  43. I get that response with Emerson's name ALL the time!!

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  44. I don't blame you for not saying anything! My cousin (who is should be giving birth sometime today) isn't telling us her name choices! Also they don't know what the baby is yet either! I think she decided not to say because people were always coming up with some reason why it wasn't a good name. I can't wait to here you're "unique" choice! I think "unique" are the best! I love that I never went to school with another Sonya and you still don't hear it very often!

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  45. I am with ya sister! We are keeping our boy's name a secret until he gets here. The name is definitely old fashioned and not well known here at all. In the end it doesn't matter what people think..I just don't want to hear their opinions about my son's (love!) name :)

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  46. I'm all for keeping it a secret until she's born! It's definitely makes it exciting! We kept our first son's name a secret til birth, mainly because I couldn't handle when people would share their thoughts on the names we liked. It was always "interesting" or "that's different" or "I knew a kid by that name in school and he was a brat"...etc...Much easier for them just to hear the name when they could pair it with his sweet face.

    Can't wait to find out what name you chose. I'm sure it will be "perfectly perfect" (maybe you get the Kevin Henkes' Chrysanthemum reference there, being the teacher that you are :))

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  47. I'm so behind on blog reading!

    I can't wait to hear what the name is. We went the different route and people get more confused about Xander's name than Rayna's, but that's ok ;) They want to spell it with a Z because that is how it's pronounced.

    We picked unique names that had important meanings and we're so glad we did.

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