I don't have some extravagant story to tell you of how my son was named. He's not the second, or the third. And he's not named after a grandfather, or ancesetor of ours. I can tell you this....his name does have a meaning to us, and we knew it was perfect from the moment we said it out loud.
Okay. Lies. We were actually debating between two names. But when we did say his name outloud? It had a nice ring to it. When Elliana said his name? We thought it was the sweetest thing our hearts could hear. And when we talked further over why this name would fit for OUR son, we were further convinced that yes, this would, in fact, be his name.
Here is the story behind our son's name.
From the day that we saw him for the first time up on the ultrasound at our 9 week appointment, he looked like a tiny little blob with buds for arms and legs. He probably looked like any other little fetus at the 9 week mark, but simultaneously, Andrew and I looked at each other and said, "He looks like a Teddy Graham."
And without even knowing it, our son now had a a permanent nickname.
We continued to call him "teddy graham" through the beginning stages of pregnancy without even knowing that he was in fact a HE. To us... it was a nickname. But little did we know, it would mean something more.
So it made sense. When we thought of Graham. That our son would be named after the first thing that came to mind when we first saw him for the very first time. A meaning that is close to our heart. A name that was decided before we even knew it.
And when we sat down to actually talk about the name, it made even more sense. I knew in my heart our little boy was supposed to be named Graham. I could envision right there and then him running around as a toddler and me calling after him. At the same time, I could picture him as a teenager, playing sports, coming home from school and wrapping his big arms around me and saying "hey mom."
"Hi, son. Hi Graham."
And just as easily as I could picture the early years and the teenage stage, I could also see him as an adult. As a husband. A father. A hard working man. And Graham? Well it sounded so masculine. So strong. A name that seemed suiting for our son to be.
Here are a couple of things that I had found about the name. Meaning behind it. Something I will look forward to looking back at in the future.
"People with this name have a deep inner desire for love and companionship, and want to work with others to achieve peace and harmony. "
"People with this name tend to be creative and excellent at expressing themselves. They are drawn to the arts, and often enjoy life immensely. They are often the center of attention, and enjoy careers that put them in the limelight. They tend to become involved in many different activities, and are sometimes reckless with both their energies and with money." We will ignore the reckless part ;)
There you have it. Our son's name.
Graham Jeffrey. Jeffrey after Andrew's dad, who is very important to us and someone we are so grateful to have in our lives.
His name fits perfectly in our family. HE fits perfectly in our family. And we are so excited to see his face in a couple of months!
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