Choosing a name for your baby can be challenging but I always knew that when we finally had our rainbow baby, he or she would be named River. Not only do I love the way it flows with our surname (no pun intended) but I love how it conjures up feelings of peace for me. More importantly, it’s a name and word that really symbolizes our pregnancy journey.
For those who don’t know, Christopher and I survived 3 pregnancy losses before we had our son. When we finally felt safe enough to really begin embracing the pregnancy, we began the name game.
I previously mentioned that I was set on the name River. Well, Christopher wasn’t. He wanted to consider other names and really take our time in choosing the right one. I humored him and agreed to it but I knew in my heart what our son’s name was going to be.
We threw names around and dissected their nicknames and spellings and what not. Last thing you want to do is give your child a name that other children can easily rip apart. We made a list of potential contenders but none of the names stood out or felt right.
As time passed, Christopher grew to love the name River more and more. I knew he was leaning towards it when he began referring to the baby as Baby River.
One day he asked me why I loved the name River so much and this is what I told him:
A river represents LIFE. Where there is water there is life and that life thrives. Every culture, every civilization began near water. It also represents the journey it took us to get here — to finally have the baby we desperately hoped for.
He understood how important and special it was to me. And he finally agreed.
Choosing River’s middle name was a much simpler process and one we agreed on immediately. Zeldon was his Great Grandpa Lance’s first name and is his Grandpa Lance’s middle name. We wanted to include a family name because the Lance name was actually going to die with Christopher but now River will carry it on.
How do we feel about our choices now that our son is here? We love the names even more and can’t imagine River being called by any other name. He certainly is thriving and full of life and most importantly he’s our life.
What was your process in choosing your child(ren)’s name(s) and is there a special significance tied to them?
P.S. I can’t believe our baby boy is 6 months now! It’s seriously going by too quickly!