The Gleeful Gourmand: What's In A Name?

Monday, July 11, 2011

What's In A Name?

Savannah and Delia are one month old today! My, how the time flies. One whole month ago today we were checking into the hospital, and then before I knew it, I was delivering our girls by C-section, and getting updates from Buck about how they were faring in the NICU.

And now, one month later they are home and thriving! It’s a great feeling to watch them literally develop before our eyes as they gain weight and slowly but surely become a little bit more alert. But mostly they just sleep most of the time, eat, and poop. Which is just fine by us – we’ve already settled into a great routine and a nice schedule, but we’re looking forward to moving them from a 3-hour schedule to a 4-hour schedule. As far as we know, there is still about a pound difference between them even as they grow, and that’s how we’re able to tell them apart.

The only bumps in the road we’ve hit are with Liam. Being a 3 ½ year old and having all these major changes occurring in our home was bound to create some backlash. While he is incredibly loving and sweet with the girls, he’s taking all that frustration out on us. We expected it, but that doesn’t make it any easier as we try to love him through this season, while also trying not to lose our cool. I know we’ll all get over this hurdle together, but sometimes it really does feel like someone has replaced my son with a lookalike who has a completely different personality. It kind of feels like no matter how much attention we pay him, or how much love we heap on him, and how occupied we keep him nothing is going to keep our family from having to go through this storm. We just keep reminding ourselves that it's just for a season, and with enough consistency he's going to mellow out and move past it, but it's really tough at times, and the worst always seems to hit when we're at our most tired.

Anyway, a lot of people have remarked on our daughter’s names, and how southern they are. We never meant for them to be so southern, but here’s how we came up with them: Savannah Jeanne was the name we had picked out for Liam if he had turned out to be a girl. It was nice knowing we already had one name chosen. Savannah, Georgia is one of our favorite cities in the world, and Jeanne was my grandmother’s name. She passed away a few months ago, but not before I was able to tell her over the phone that one of the girls bore her namesake. Delia was the name of my father’s aunt and a name we both really dug (though I also really liked the name Fern, after one of my favorite books, “Charlotte’s Web”). Her middle name, Grace, was Buck’s favorite name, but it was kind of cool because Grace was also the name of my father’s grandmother, which we didn’t know beforehand. So we know they’re a little southern, and also a little old-fashioned, but there definitely was a purpose behind each name.

Happy One Month Birthday Savannah Jeanne and Delia Grace!

P.S. - Caption the photo in the comments!


Kirsten Oliphant said...

-Heeeeeey you guuuuyys!
-Shh! Some of us are trying to sleep.

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