While being pregnant with this sweet little peanut, my mind was littered with names. I had no idea what her name should be. Of course I had some names that crept to the top of my list only to fall short after a few weeks of consideration.
Finally my list consisted of three names: Cora, Jillian and Charlotte. I was certain it was Cora, then it fell from grace and Charlotte took it's spot. I still wasn't feeling 100 percent about it and that's when Jillian came up. I told everyone I was just going to have to wait until I meet her to know what her name is suppose to be.
The night she was born, she was all kinds of nasty and goop covered. The nurses whisked her over to the weighing table to get her cleaned up only after I got a quick glance of her perfectly spherical head and counted all ten fingers and toes. I hadn't had that bonding moment where I looked into her eyes and announced to everyone in the room that her name is.....
As they were cleaning her up one of the nurses asked what her name is. Before I could respond Theo says, "Charlotte!". I felt like my thunder was knocked out of me, I hadn't had time for my revelation to kick in yet. But I relented and just went with the flow. Once the nurses started to clear the room and leaving Theo and I to ourselves with our new family addition he asks me if 'Charlotte' was okay. I felt that even though he announced it to a room full of nurses that we will never see again and we haven't signed any Social Security papers that the name was already established.
It's still hard for me to call her Charlotte, not because I don't love the name, but because I feel like she was suppose to be called something else. Unfortunately it isn't one of the other 2 names on my list either. I can't be bitter about it because with all our kids I have asked Theo's opinion on their names and he has always left it up to me. Now with our 5th and final baby he really wanted the name Charlotte.
I think I love the idea that he named one of our babies more than any name he could have picked. So Charlotte it is.
Pantry Living Weeks 11 & 12
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