August 6, 2012

We Have a Name.

Tessa approves of sister's name.
We've decided on a name for the baby in my belly! Her name was harder to arrive at than Tessa's, which I was immediately obsessed with. First, we had to toss out our favorite name for this baby because it got crapped on so prolifically by so many people. That name was "Bardot." If you, too, think it's a sucky name, couldya keep it to yourself? We'll save it for naming a puppy or a hamster or something some day. But it's a mean thing to tell someone you don't like what they want to name their child because that obviously means they like the name a lot. Anyway, in the end, we chose something more tame, but still sweet and unique. It's not that we care what other people think about our name choices, but we do care about what perceptions people will have of our daughter when they hear her name.

Several months ago when I was doing some music writing I came across the name Livvi Franc; she's a British singer-songwriter, and even though I still haven't heard her music, I loved her name, which I'd never heard before. So after much adieu we decided on naming our gal ...


I like that Livvy can go by "Liv" later on if she's concerned about the name being too precious in a workplace setting. Plus, I just like it. A girlfriend of mine named her daughter "Vivi," and I always thought that was just the best name. This is a knock-off of that. (Hope you don't mind, Lash!)

Tessa's middle name is "Jean," which is the middle name of Nekos's mom, who passed away very suddenly of cancer when I was five months pregnant with Tessa. Livvy's middle name, Lara, will be a tribute to my mom, Laura. There are so many reasons why we're giving a shout-out to my mom with this baby: First and foremost, she deserves it, and she is my best friend. I often tell my mom that all the help she gives me with Tessa is a big part of why I am (usually) so content with motherhood. Get a 24-hour break from your kid once a week, and you appreciate her in a whole new way. After Tessa comes home from YaYa's house, it's as though I've never seen her before--or never noticed just how especially bright and hilarious and exquisitely beautiful she is. It's a gift. Also, my mom was the second of two girls, as Livvy will be. And my mom has been nothing but extraordinarily supportive and complimentary of my mothering skills. To hear your own really great mom say she thinks you yourself are a really great mom--it's a meaningful affirmation.

We are getting more excited every day to welcome Livvy into our lives. I can't believe she'll be in my arms in just four months. Expect lots of posts about nurseries and little girl rooms because that's all that's on my mind creatively right now (other than pregnancy-friendly Halloween costumes; I'm thinking kangaroo). I've been busy on my Pinterest, yo.


11 comments:

  1. Ahh, I love it! Amazingly, I had a name that I LOVED before we found out the gender and Brent liked it too so when we found out 'it' was a 'she', we automatically had a name :) I just haven't put it out on the internet yet :)

    I can't wait to see your nursery!! I'm sure it will be beautiful! We've got less than two months left on this end and I'm quite ready for those weeks to fly by at this point!

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  2. I love both of your choices!! My oldest daughter is named Ocean and I can totally relate to the teasing and side-eye glances we received when my husband and I shared the name we chose. We went with Paige for her middle name in case she ever wanted to go by a more "traditional" name but she never had an issue with her name. In fact, she is more bothered by Paige than Ocean. :) Well, she's a month away from turning 16 so she's bothered by a lot, especially if it comes out of my mouth. The hardest part was coming up with names for our son and youngest daughter. After naming our first Ocean, we couldn't have a Jack and Sally. But we have a Ryder and Zoe. :)

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  3. I love both Livvy AND Bardot. I don't know why people are negative about names (unless the name is ridiculously mispelled!). Dot would've been a cute nickname ... maybe for your hamster? Ha.

    Livvy and Tessa = cute sister names. Love it.

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  4. SUCH a lovely name choice! i adore it!

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  5. Love that name! Sounds so sweet :). We had that happen with one of our choices for our second son. My father in law made it his personal mission to put our first choice into the worst perspective every time he saw us. Awesome, right? I love the name you came up with in the end!

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  6. what's wrong with Bardot? I think it is great, especially with your last name. Or Brigitte? Livvy is very, very nice, though. I have a cousin Olivia, she used to go by Livi and now as an adult goes by Liv exclusively. She loves her nickname but never goes by Olivia. So, you are correct that Liv will make a nice "grown-up" name for her. Tessa and Livvy are a great combination. Tess and Liv. Nice choice and sorry Bardot was nixed.

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  7. I like both names. And I think Bardot would grow on people after a while... I love my son's name (Haeden), but am disappointed that it is a very popular name and also rhymes with other verrrry popular names. Plus, we met another kid at the park who had the same name, only she was a girl. My Haeden was like, "What the hecks, Mom?!"

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  8. i love livvy! i have heard that before and it is sweet. i always thought Liv was a pretty name too. Bummer about people knocking your first name choice. I think Bardot is pretty and unique, some people just have no imagination.

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  9. Well, I, for one, think that the middle name as a tribute to your own mother is g-r-e-a-t! Thank you. You are truly my best friend, too, (most days anyway)! Oh by the way, I like Livvy, too. Not Liddy or Libby, but Livvy!

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  10. i think Livvy is a beautiful name as i do Bardot. i think it's super sweet that you are paying tribute to your mama.
    xo

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