Thursday, February 2, 2012
A is for Andrew and....
...is 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. :)