The first thing you get asked after you get pregnant is, what are you planning on name it if it’s a boy and what about a girl. Then once you find out the gender it becomes even more of a question. It’s one of those things where everyone wants to know what you’re gonna do. Are you gonna stay traditional? Unique? Somewhere in between?
Each of my children have a special name that at the time was what I gravitated towards and now, I can’t imagine them being named anything else. Especially when I think about the names they almost had.
Adylee is my oldest and my little miracle baby. When I found out I was pregnant, part of me just knew it was a girl. Her dad wanted a boy so badly that he was upset when we heard the words “it’s a girl.” But, that’s a subject I’ll touch on later on. When I first got pregnant, I wanted to name her Kaedence. No real reason why other than it just felt like a cute name. A couple weeks after I found out the gender, I no longer loved the name and also my whole family kept telling me it wasn’t cute. So, I asked her dad what he thought about the name Adalee. I had, had a little girl in my old daycare when I lived in Missouri that was named that and I always had a connection with her and even called her Addy Bear. He agreed it was a cute name and said “put a Y in there.” And thus, Adylee came to be! He asked me to give her his moms middle name for her middle name and I agreed. Adylee Marie was born in October.
Giovanni is my middle child and my little firecracker! When my husband and I got pregnant, he said from day one that it was a boy. I was reluctant because well, I didn’t know how to dress a boy or take care of one. I had been a girl mom for 3 years by this point. I made him go through countless boy names because I couldn’t settle and neither could I. We finally settled on Giovanni. It flowed well with my husband last name which is originally Italian and I just loved it. We decided on Giovanni Joel. By the time we found out his gender, and I heard for weeks how my husband was right, the middle name wasn’t a favorite of mine. So, my husband went hunting for middle names and we agreed upon Andres. Giovanni Andres was born in April.
Gracelyn is my last baby (ever!) and is my little porcelain doll. Seriously, she looks like a baby doll! When I was pregnant with her I just knew that it was a girl from day one. My husband said he would be okay with another boy and I said nope this is a girl. When we found out that I was right, yes I made sure to glorify that like he did for me, I wanted the name Everly. I had been in love with the name since Giovanni was born and just wanted one name since technically my husband said Giovanni and I agreed. Well, he wasn’t having it so Gracelyn went without a name until I was about 35 weeks. I finally told him that we needed to look at names and we sat down and went through them. We couldn’t agree on anything until finally my husband asked me what was a name that could be considered a family name. I told him that my mom had always wanted one of us girls to name their daughter Grace after my grandmother who passed when I was a baby. He said okay well what about adding Lyn to the end to honor your mother and sister as it’s their middle name. I said okay I like that. Gracelyn Rae was born in January.
A name can take minutes or weeks to decide on but in the end, you always come up with something beautiful. All of my children’s names are my favorite names and I wouldn’t change them for the world!