Sidenote: Sorry about the one week delay! We are having some chronic pain struggles over here and you never know when systems will be down. Which is really unnerving. Trying to get me in for corrective surgery, but between now and then, I have good days and bad days. We are hangin’ in there, though! Please humor me a bit until I can get back on track. Here is my first Monday Mama Letter, and a new writing prompt at the bottom!
Dear Ben & Alina,
I started dreaming about what I would name you when I was just a little kid. I wrote short stories about what you would be like and all the fun things we would do together.
When I first met your Daddy, I loved his middle name, which is Benjamin. I thought it went beautifully with his other two first names (wink) and it actually reminded me of the handsome star of a drama I used to watch in college called Felicity. The star who played Felicity, Keri Russell, used to say his name (Ben) in this serious angsty voice and it was just the coolest. So, your name had some fond memories for me. I dreamed that you would be very handsome and confident, and you are.
We decided very early on that if we ever had a boy we would name him Benjamin, but I don’t think it was until we were trying to have a baby that we decided on Philip as your middle name. I wanted you both to have family names of some kind, I think that ties you to your roots and is a wonderful way to pay respect to the generations that paved the way for us. And, it’s a tradition. I was named for both my grandmothers, Mary for my maternal grandma Mary Robertson, and my Nana, Frances Lee (who goes by Lee) and her daughter, my aunt Linda Lea.
So we named you for your father and for Grandpa, John Philip, who was named for his father, Philip. For the first year of your life we just called you “the boy”. Haha it sounds so strange written out but it was said in the most endearing way imaginable, much the way we still call Alina “Baby Sister”.
Alina! You were very nearly named something completely different. We had lots of girl names in mind that we loved but had decided on Irelyn Alyson, back when we were trying to have Ben. Your Dad saw that name on a show about a family that had quintuplets. They named one of their daughters Irelyn and your Dad loved the name. We also love Ireland and that was a huge part of deciding on that name, since we had made a trip there when we decided to have children. Alyson is your auntie’s middle name, and I chose it for her when I was a kid. My parents were sweet enough to make me feel like I was a part of the process, which was so huge for a seven year old.
But then when we were just about to head to our ultrasound appointment to find out if you were a boy or a girl, we had to decide on a boy name just in case, which was really, really hard. We came up with Callen (we liked it but it also happens to be a character name on one of our favorite shows) Windsor (after my Nana’s family). Then suddenly, we were just not that attached to Irelyn anymore. I still have a sheet in my journal of names circled, numbered and crossed out. Your dad wanted Kylie, I really wanted Kyra (keera) but we finally both agreed on Alina, a name I had always liked and only heard of once- my very sweet college roommate. She also happened to be living with me when I met your Daddy. I always knew that Ben would be a boy and I always knew that you were a girl when you both were in my tummy and that was exactly how I dreamed it would be.
Of course, it doesn’t really matter whether you are girls or boys or what your names are, I am just so thankful that you are you, and I feel so honored that I get to be your mama.
You guys are just the best and I am so glad that you are ours.
Here is another naming story written by Renee over at My Life In a Nutshell. If you wrote a Naming Story for your blog, or if you eventually post one online, link up in the comments! I would love to read them.
Next week: Write to your child about a time that they faced a challenge and overcame it, or if you think your child is a little too young to find significance in that topic, write to them about a time that you faced a challenge and how you overcame it.Pin It