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June 30, 2017

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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?

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P.S. I can’t believe our baby boy is 6 months now! It’s seriously going by too quickly!





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  • Reply Jen July 3, 2017 at 7:21 AM

    Hey Nina! Finally had a chance to check out your blog! (And now I’m caught in reading old blog posts! haha!) Love your son’s name and even more that it has personal significance to you and your pregnancy journey. With our first, we didn’t find out the gender so we had to come up with two names. For whatever reason (I guess mama’s instinct), I had in my gut that it was a girl so we chose Alicia (pronounce uh-lee-shuh) because I knew I wanted to call her Allie but never came up with a boy name. With our second, we went with Emily (and no particular significance…I guess we liked names that ended in “-lee”). But with the 3rd, my hubby always wanted a junior (and I was dead set on NO junior) so we went with Jaxson…as similar as I was willing to get to Jake without it being the same. :) Thanks for sharing your story! <3

    • Reply Nina July 3, 2017 at 2:17 PM

      Hi Jen! I love this! Mama instincts are no joke, right? I was 99.9% sure River was going to be a boy. I just knew and my husband thought I was crazy. haha I love all your kids’ names, too! Thanks so much for visiting my blog! XOXO

  • Reply Gail Boos July 10, 2017 at 2:18 PM

    I, too, am catching up on old posts. I just finished reading your birth story and this post (as well as the most current one). My eldest (now almost 25) child’s name was just me at 19, going through a baby name book and then making lists of what I liked. Of the 20 or so names I put down, her father and I agreed on one, Amanda. Her middle name is my middle name, Desiree. With my son (age 6) my husband and I had a handful of names we liked but about 3 weeks before he was born we tossed them all out the window and decided to wait until he got here to meet him and see what we thought his name should be. We settled on Samuel. I loved that it is both a strong name as well as a family name on my husband’s side. His middle name is Joseph, a family name on my side. With our youngest, we had a few names that we liked but knew we would wait until she was born to know for sure. We landed on Elizabeth (family name on his side) and call her Ellie. Her middle name, Rose, is a family name on my side. For me, having family names for the younger two was very important. I wanted classic, beautiful, names that would stand the test of time. But mostly, they just felt right.

    • Reply Nina July 10, 2017 at 3:57 PM

      I love all your kids’ names — they’re classic and strong names and of course I love that they’re also family names. Thank you so much for sharing! :) (I love Ellie for Elizabeth. I’ve never met an Elizabeth who uses that nickname!)

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