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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tagged for the Name Game


I was tagged by both Stephanie from Daily Smiles and Lori from Banana Pants to tell the story of how we came up with our children's names. I don't know that it is that exciting of a story but I will do my best.


Abbey Nicole: We didn't know if she would be a boy or a girl so we had to come up with one of each. For a boy, my favorite name is Michael but I didn't want a Mike so it was going to be a middle name. We really struggled with coming up with boy names. My husband didn't want anything too "soap opera-ish" and I didn't want anything too basic like Jim or John. We ended up deciding on Brandon Michael but it never felt like it was right. As for our girl name, I knew I liked the more old fashioned names versus the current trendy ones. I don't even know where I came up with the name Abbey, I just knew that I didn't want Abigail but loved Abbey. Her middle name, Nicole, I copied from one of my best friend's daughter whose middle name was Nicole and it just sounded good with Abbey. Since I was having her actual name be Abbey (not short for Abigail) I decided it needed to spelled "ey" instead of "ie" because "ie" seemed like a nickname to me. I love her name but there are two negatives. EVERYONE and their mother would ask me "Is it short for Abigail?" and all the little personalized items that the kids want are spelled Abby.


Emma Celeste: Again, we didn't find out if she was a boy or girl so had to come up with one of each. Still wanting to use Michael we agreed on Luke Michael but again, not feeling in love with the name. For a girl name, I wanted to find another old fashioned name and somehow came across Emma. I can still picture my Grandma wrinkling her nose up at that name. But I loved it. As for her middle name, Celeste, she was named after a girlfriend I used to work with who passed away from cancer. I just loved the way the names flowed together.


Ella Grace: This time we decided to find out if the baby was a boy or girl since she was our surprise child and we had NOTHING for a baby!! Of course we had to continue with the old fashioned names but pretty quickly the name Ella came to mind. One of the other names I was contemplating was Grace so we could call her Gracie. When I was trying to think of a middle name for her, my step mom (who hates to be called that but I am using it for clarification purposes) said "what about Ella Grace?" That was the end of it....I LOVED that name. Here is where it gets intersting. We decided on her name while we were in the process of Ella being diagnosed with Down Syndrome. We were waiting on our amnio results and my cousin was googling the name Ella Grace to find a cute little clothing store she had heard about nearby with that name. What she came up with was a blog called "Ella Grace with the Pretty Face" When I clicked on that and saw a little Ella Grace with Down Syndrome, right then and there, I knew that my amnio was going to come back positive for Ds. God was preparing me in so many ways for her diagnosis but this was the one that gave me my definite answer. So from that point on, I knew that the name Ella Grace was the absolute perfect name for her.

9 comments:

Emily said...

Cute little history on the names! I got the goosebumps when I read about you naming Ella... how precious. We'll miss you when we get together here in Utah!

Lacey said...

Ya know, Jax has been pretty vocal for the last few months. Expecially in the morning for some reason. When you came out of course he was being naughty. He had aspirated the day before and was exhausted and sick. So you saw the limp, sleepy Jax. I guess that means we have to get together again.

stephanie said...

Lovely. Thanks for playing.
BTW, it amazing how God speaks to us. No such thing as just a coincidence.

Cammie Heflin said...

That is so cool! I love reading about both precious Ella Grace's!

Kacey Bode said...

You have great taste in names, ha ha : ) I am so very glad that you found my Ella Grace and that I get to stare at pictures of your beautiful Ella Grace!!! It was fate!!

Tina said...

Wow had goose bumps reading about the Ella Grace's story and how you were given a sign, that was no coincident....but Ella Grace really is a pretty name, and both the Ella Grace's are beautiful children and easily melt many hearts. Love the picture of your three girls

Tina said...

Just saw your comment on Saira's blog. Yes Vasant is an Indian name so I assume she must be from India. No I don't live in the rural areas instead in a very big city with a population of approx. 12 million people. Calcutta is the capital of the Indian State of West bengal and it was the home to Mother Theresa. It's so interesting that you being so far away actually have an Indian Doctor.

Anne and Whitney: Up, Down and All Around said...

all of your girls have beautiful names!! i LOVE the story about the name ella grace and finding ella grace with the pretty face!!! wow!

Kim said...

How funny that we wrote a similar post concerning our Abbey's and that your abbey has the e and mine doesn't. How neat how Ella and Mattie's names have a special story behind them. I know it is God's plan. Amazing!! When we took Mattie in for the blood test to see if she had ds, we saw a little boy walking in front of us that had ds. I knew at that moment that Mattie did have ds. It was God's way of saying, "see how adorable and normal he is. Everything will be fine."