I love Fridays! Especially this week. It is nice to post on something other than the flood this week. Don't get me wrong I am so glad I have been doing my part to help and bring awareness to the tragedy that has unfolded in my city, but it's nice to post about something else today.
Kelly from Kelly's Korner is hosting "Show us your life, Kid's names" today.
When I got pregnant after 3 1/2 years of infertility, I immediately started thinking of names. Thankfully, Brian and I were on the same page when it came to names so it wasn't really that hard. We liked the same ones.
Tragically, I lost my first daughter at 21 weeks due to cord death in the womb. I remember after she was delivered the sweet nurse came in and asked me if I would like to see a name book. I said yes. We really hadn't firmed up a name so I needed some help. The first name I came to was Zoe. For some reason it just fit my daughter. I can't really tell you why, it just did. Her middle name was easy. It would be my middle name, Renae. Our firstborn daughter would be named Zoe Renae.
When I looked up the meaning of both of those names I was thrilled. Zoe means Life and Renae means Reborn. "Life Reborn". It was perfect. My sweet Zoe never got to have life here on earth, but her life was reborn when she entered the gates of Heaven.
2 months later we were shocked when we found out I was pregnant again. By this time we had our boy and girl names picked out.
Brian and I love to travel. We wanted to have our kids first names be that of a city. When we found out we were going to have another girl we knew her name would be Brooklyn. Her middle name is Sophia in honor of my Italian heritage. Sophia means wisdom. I love her name and love the fact that I don't hear it all that often. Brooklyn Sophia was born just 11 months after losing our daughter Zoe. God is good!
Our next daughter arrived in spring of 2007. We knew her first name would be Sydney. The middle name however gave us some trouble. We couldn't decided between Grace and Kate. I remember 2 days after she was born the nurse came in to the room and said, "We really need to print her birth certificate. Have you figured out a middle name yet"? I told her to give us 30 minutes and then come back and we'd have it for her. Brian and I finally decided on Kate.
A few days after Sydney Kate was born, Brian and I were talking and realized something funny. Our favorite show at the time was Alias with Jennifer Garner. Her character on the show was named Sydney Bristow. Our other favorite show was Lost. My favorite character on the show was Kate. Both of these characters were strong women and so even though she wasn't named after these characters, she has definitely held up to the name. Anyone who knows my 3 year old knows how incredibly strong willed she is.
We do have a boy name picked out. We are praying and believing God for another baby. The girls even pray for their brother by name. It's so cute to hear them pray for him. We are keeping his first name a surprise, but I will tell you it's another city name. His middle name will be Stephan which was Brian's dads name who passed away this past January. It's also Brian's middle name so it's perfect.
Do you have any guesses on what his first name will be? I'd love to hear them.