Saturday, May 24, 2008

Holiday Weekend & Baby's Got a New Name :)

I hope that everyone is having a nice holiday weekend. We definitely are. Today we got up early, Gabe went to a meeting then to work and Maddie and I headed to the Farmer's Market for round 2 of the strawberries :) They were even better today than last week, but alas, I took no pictures. We went to dog school to drop Tucker off for grooming first and when Maddie saw her Grammy and her Poppi, she took them by the hands and lead them to her favorite restaurant to dine at while in Olde Towne. She's a girl who knows what she wants :) They took her to breakfast and then Gabe and I got to take each other to breakfast at a different restaurant :) Very fun. Over breakfast, I started talking to Gabe about the name of this baby. I started this conversation with him a few days ago, and to be honest, it's a conversation I've been having in my head for probably a month or more now. Here's the truth: I'm not "sold" on the name Sophia. It's a beautiful name, and I keep telling myself that it'll grow on me. But, when I think about how we chose Maddie's name and just knew it was perfect, well, this feels different. Then I've been telling myself that since I really knew I wanted to name Maddie, Maddie, that maybe this time around it's Gabe's turn to name her and he was the one who really loved the name Sophia. So, I started getting used to it. In fact, I bought the letters to hang on the wall just like Maddie's. But, let's face it. She's still in utero which means, her name isn't binding and ever since I made the announcement that her name was Sophia Grace, I've been thinking about what might suit her just a little more. So, here I am. Over breakfast, I brought it up to Gabe again. I'd been reading my bible the night before and a theme kept coming up in what I read. And, that theme was Grace. Grace is the freely given salvation from God and based on some really recent things in our lives, it just keeps coming back to me; maybe her first name is supposed to be Grace. At breakfast, I made this known to Gabe and he totally agreed. Like, he didn't need to think it over and I didn't need to convince him. He just agreed; just like when we named Madeline. So, then we were on to middle names. That's where it got tough. Gabe named a few ideas he had and again, to be honest, there was no way some of those names were going to work. But then, out of nowhere, he asked, "What about Celeste?" I asked him where he heard that name and he didn't know, he just thought of it. Then, I told him that my Grandma Nardi's middle name is Celeste. It just seemed to fit. So, here we are, with a new name to call the baby and it's one that I feel much better about. It seems to mean more and it came about organically instead of manufactured. So, her name will be Grace Celeste and we'll call her "Gracie." For those of you that loved and supported her name being Sophia, I appreciate that. But, as the mom, I have to love the name completely and not be just luke-warm. So, I'm excited to share that with you. I have this pregnancy calendar on my Google page and today it told me that I have 99 days til' my due date! Time is flying by :)


Anonymous said...

funny but when I read the name Sophia Grace on your blog I thought "I like that name but I wish her first name was Grace" so
I for one love the new name. Can't wait to meet her!

Janie said...

I Love the new name!!! hope all is well:0) I miss everyone a LOT!!!!

SARAH said...

Thanks Ladies. I'm sooooo much happier with the name and I just know it's what it's supposed to be. We miss you too, Janie!