Tuesday, February 5, 2008

For the record....

I have gotten many questions now about our baby's name...Happy.

I will try and explain as best I can....

Howard and I learned our lesson with Luke that it is likely not best to share the name of your new baby with family and friends until it is said and done. We had every intention of naming Luke, Noah, but my dad knew a woman named Noah many years ago and not only did he think it was a girl name, he also did not have fond memories of that Noah so he protested! We tried explaining to him that Noah was certainly not a girly name and referenced "you know Noah, the guy who built the boat." But the name Noah was ruined for us...so we have kept our babies names secret ever since.

It is probably a good thing though because each of our children did not fit the name we went to the hospital assuming we would use. With each birth we would say, no that name is just not right, he is a, Luke, Isaac, Benjamin...

All that said...When we found out something may be wrong with this baby I wanted to call him something. Howard insisted on Happy. He insisted that this baby would bring happiness to us and everyone we know and therefore should be named Happy. Yes, he was totally serious! I thought it was ridiculous. He argued that Happy Gilmore was a real name so why not Happy Bolte. UGH! He would not back down and has called the baby Happy ever since...it seems to have stuck.

I ASSURE you however that this is his nickname. I have absoltely NO intentions of naming my son Happy or Excited or Crazy or any other emotion! We have a few ideas though...but we need to meet him before we can say for sure so you will all just have to wait in apprehension!


Sarah said...

Totally get the name thing. Ran into some opposition with my boys too. Happy just makes me smile. Thanks for sharing your joy.

Laurie in Ca. said...

This is good. And Howard was really onto something there when he picked it and stuck to it. It is so soothing and hopeful to think his nickname. You will know his "serious" name when you see him face to face!! But I wonder, you know he is going to make you so happy:)
Praying for you today that your day is full of blessings and a surprise or two along the way.

Love, Laurie in Ca.

Amber said...

I came across your blog from the Stanfield's blog and have been praying for your family and Baby Happy ever since! We have a 3 year old son named Asher who's name actually means "happy".
Praying for you in NC!

Wendy said...

Crazy is kind of funny...that would have gone perfectly with some of those YMCA kids :-)

So Blessed said...

That was so sweet...thanks for sharing it. Your family remains in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

Love 'happy' as a nn. Seems perfect for this little one!

We also kept the name for our last a secret from family until he was born. With the first two we had many opinions/comments on what our baby should be called so we decided to do it a bit differently with the 3rd.

Anyway, prayers for you and your little HAPPY! :)

Jenny said...

Happy is a great nick-name. Although I can hardly wait to find out Happy's name when he's born.

BTW, what is your due date? Do you expect to deliver early?

Happy Wednesday.

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amanda in mb, sc

Anonymous said...

I think the name thing is great! I don't mean to "steal" the idea from you but I may just use it the next time I get pregnant because, between my mother,sister and my mother-in-law, and all of their opinions, picking out the names of my twins was sooooo hard!
I am reading your blog for the first time and I want to start off by telling you that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I tried going back and reading as far as I could and, of course, the tears came rolling down. I lost my twin girls in August and September (at seperate times- one seemed to be doing much better than expected). They were born full term but had trisomy 18, which we found out at @ 24 weeks gestation. Our stories are different, but I can definitely relate to you grieving a "normal" pregnancy. It was my first pregnancy with them and I went from being overjoyed because I was having twin girls to being heartbroken and crushed during the last 3+ months. It was hard when people would come up to me and ask how far along I was or rell me how awesome it was to be having twins. Most of the time I just acted happy because I didn't want to make them feel bad. And when you talked about how important it was to have someone talk about Issac as your son and include him in conversation- is't that such a great feeling? After so many people try to ignore the subject and think that it is better for you not to talk about your baby. Alot of people have thought that not talking about my girls is better for me and they apologize if they ask questions about them, but I always tell them that it's okay because I love talking about them. They are my girls- my babies- my angels. They are still, and always will be, very much a part of me. And I thank God every day that he chose me to be their mommy.
Anyway, I am commenting to let you know that you aren't alone in this and I am definitely here if you need a friend. My email is sbgtall@yahoo.com
I would tell you to "stay strong" but you are probably sick of hearing that from people- just like I was. This is a time when it's okay to feel weak. God will be strong for you.
~Stephanie, mommy of twin angels Abigail Marie and Emily Elizabeth