Thursday, February 2, 2012

A is for Andrew and.... for Benjamin! We've chosen a name for our little love, set to make his appearance soon. But not soon enough of course.

So, the name game.

We generally have an easy time selecting names for our littles as we seem to have the same taste. We love strong, boy names. I'm a teacher, so I'm also all about selecting names that are respectable, yet familiar. We also loved how well Andrew and Benjamin sounded together. They have a special brotherly love ring to them that we wanted to embrace as much as we can-- which is hardly at all considering they'll never come face-to-face. :/

Our intention was not originally to have an "A" name and a "B" name, but that's just how it worked out. And we may just have a "C" name in the works for either gender if we're lucky enough to have a chance at baby #3 in our future. Now we sort of like the A-B-C fashion. Not to confuse A and B with letter grades in school as we don't wish or want for our babies to be compared in any way. We love them both and want(ed) the same greatness in life for them both. Naming Andrew with an "A" was not by any means intentional to show superiority or "first"... it was simply a name we liked. And choosing Benjamin has nothing to do with him being our second child, second son. If this baby were a girl, she would actually have a "C" name, not a "B" name at all. We just happened to love that name as well-- not contingent on the birth order. We don't want Benjamin to live in the shadow of his brother. Like many of my fellow BLM friends have mentioned recently in light of carrying/birthing their subsequent children post-loss, we want them both. They are independently loved.

As for middle names, the deliberating will continue likely until he's born healthy. We just aren't sure. Andrew's middle name is my father-in-law's first name, Steven. We love it and will always love that we chose to name our firstborn after Ray's dad (as I mentioned we promised to use a family name from Ray's side if Andrew were a boy and a family name from my side if Andrew were a girl). However, we're not sure what decision we'll make this go-around. The decision might just be made at crunchtime and won't likely be revealed until this babe is born safe and sound into our arms. We're pretty sure we know the direction we'll choose, but time will tell on the final decision.

In growth news, this babe is quite large and in-charge! He was weighing in at an astronomical 6lb2oz on the ultrasound today. He's in the 75th percentile for his growth at this stage and his head is taking the cake. He and Andrew both seem to carry that big noggin gene. Lucky for the one who gets to birth them, eh? He is currently head-down and there will definitely be an induction happening this month. A lot can change in the course of the next few weeks as we know, but as of right now, a plan is somewhat in place and the induction will officially be put on the books sometime next week when I meet with the delivering OB.

So that's what we have so far... Benjamin Wilson. Another B-Dub will be joining our family. :)


LauraJane said... [Reply to comment]

I instantly started tearing up at "A is for Andrew".

Benjamin will be loved and adored all on his own. He is his own entire person (giant squash and all!). I wish these two boys knew one another here on Earth, but I know he will bring so much happiness to your life.

And yay for a soon-to-be B! :)

Molly said... [Reply to comment]

So jealous that you have a name you love!!!! So happy he will make his appearance soon!

Solange, Nik and Caitlin said... [Reply to comment]

That is a great name!!! They do go so well together :) So excited for you guys!!!

Jessica said... [Reply to comment]

I love the name you've chosen! It is one that would be on my short list if it wasn't my nephew's name already. I am so excited for you and continue to send lots of positive vibes your way!!!

Darcey said... [Reply to comment]

I love the name and we didn't "decide" on a middle name until he was out either.

So glad you are only a few weeks away from meeting this little guy and hopefully he keeps packing on the pounds. I think weighing on the heavier side really did help Layton in terms of not having many issues that can occur when you voluntarily take them out at 38 weeks.
Hang in are getting so close!!!

Melissa @ A Dozen Years Later said... [Reply to comment]

I love the name Benjamin. It is a strong and beautiful name for your second baby boy.

Kelly said... [Reply to comment]

Love the name, and it sounds great with Andrew. <3

You look great, and I can't wait to "meet" Benjamin!

Sneaker Teacher said... [Reply to comment]

I love the name Benjamin! My first choice boy name was actually Benjamin Andrew, but my husband wanted to name our first boy after his grandfather. And, we're having a girl so we didn't end up using any boy names. We are naming our baby girl Grace.

Jill said... [Reply to comment]

SUCH a cute picture. and cute name!

Tiffany said... [Reply to comment]

Adorable picture and I LOVE that name! And I think it goes really great with Andrew too! I can't believe you're that close already! I hope he comes out a big chunky screaming little guy! So excited for you two!

Alli (and Tommy too!) said... [Reply to comment]

Where did you pick up that B? I love it ... and you in that Target sweater that looks like it's Gap maternity. Hooray for Flip ... I mean Benjamin :) Are you calling him Ben, ya think?

lesliedp said... [Reply to comment]

I love it! SO excited for you mamma!!!!

SG said... [Reply to comment]

Yay! Great name :)

Becky said... [Reply to comment]

Great name for Andrews little brother. Such a cute pic with u holding the B also.

Danielle said... [Reply to comment]

Benjamin. Sounds so strong and handsome--i LOVE it!!! :)

brianna said... [Reply to comment]

A lovely name for a lovely boy! Oh, how wonderful and scary that the time is fast approaching. Get here safe and sound little Benjamin, your mom and dad are anxious to meet you!

Renel said... [Reply to comment]

Funny how the name associations as a teacher play such a huge roll in naming! My husband is a teacher and coach and names I would offer he would reply with a "that kids a way" so we had to go with names that were generally uncommon. He has 15 years worth of name associations.

Benjamen... I bet he'll end up being Ben. My best friends husband is named ben and he is a really sweet guy. I'm happy for you.

Ben and Katie said... [Reply to comment]

Oh my goodness...this post makes me happy!
I liked reading all about it!
Baby Benjamin is already a blessing to so many...especially me! I do love the name and it's meaning!
I owe you a reply email! :)

Di said... [Reply to comment]

I love Benjamin - such a perfect boy name, so strong, and boy-ish! Can't wait to hear of his safe arrival. xx

Hope's Mama said... [Reply to comment]

Love the name Benjamin. What a perfect choice. Keep growing big and strong, baby Benjamin.

Caroline said... [Reply to comment]

C is for Caroline. . . .just sayin'

Oh Benjamin - we can't wait to meet you. You keep on keepin' on with your big ole noggin.

Shae said... [Reply to comment]

Awesome!!!! Now I can't wait to see precious pics of his sweet little self! Come on, Mr. Benjamin!

boo and stacy said... [Reply to comment]

Such a special picture!! Love the name and the ABC idea!!! Special touch for the Wilson family!

Blessings this month....

Courtney said... [Reply to comment]

I absolutely love the name you've chosen, and I LOVE this post! You sound so happy! That makes me smile. :)

Brooke said... [Reply to comment]

I envision you someday making your own photo alphabet book for Wilson babies (with the help of your new photo skills, right?) and it starts with A is for Andrew. Love both your boys' names.

Tiffany said... [Reply to comment]

love the name! continuing to pray for Benjamin's safe arrival.

e Liz said... [Reply to comment]

love. love. love! my heart melts with the sib tie in. he be jam in' - that cuteness b-dub. and on a superficial note - let me beat your 2nd gloat about the sweater - you probably got both colors for the price of my one... shameless ;)

e Liz said... [Reply to comment]

love. love. love! my heart melts with the sib tie in. he be jam in' - that cuteness b-dub. and on a superficial note - let me beat your 2nd gloat about the sweater - you probably got both colors for the price of my one... shameless ;)

JoyAndSorrow said... [Reply to comment]

So excited for your family, and I have to tell you that Benjamin is an absolute favorite of mine. It's a strong name yet slightly quirky in a way. I think it has great character to it and sounds fabulous with Andrew. <3 ~Lindsay

katie illingworth said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful, strong Benjamin. Keep holding on, baby boy, until you get to meet mommy and daddy face to face! We are all praying for you in this final (terrifying) stretch.

Addi's mom said... [Reply to comment]

So glad you were finally able to post this! As you know, I LOVE the name, well I love BOTH Andrew and Benjamin. Perfect brother names, just beautiful! Oh and I LOVE the picture!