Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Flashback Post - *Day 11*

This is from my old blog!  
It was published December 4th, 2010 when I was still pregnant and we had just decided on Scarlet's name.

Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Ephraim's Daughter Longstocking

Did you know that the above is Pippi Longstocking's full name?  I started calling the babyinmybelly Pippi because that's my favorite storybook character. It morphed into pippa and then that stuck even when we had a real name picked.  Now the whole family calls her that and Ry and I have a way of referencing her without slipping on our chosen name.

How we chose our little girls name.

This is a subject Ryan has sworn me to secrecy on.  No kidding, he's very serious about the subject.  Mum's the friggin frackin' word.    He's very nervous that someone will say something negative and the second they do I'll immediately agree with them and not want the name anymore.  I think he's right too.   However, he doesn't usually read my blog until a week or so after it's been up, so now's my chance to talk a leeeeetle bit about it.

"Have you chosen a name yet?"  is a daily question.  I try to explain that we're keeping it a secret but that seems to make the conversation awkward for the person who asked, like they touched something they shouldn't have.  So now I say "we're still discussing it" and throw out some of the pretty but nixed names on our list.  That way I didn't just shut them down.

Here's what I can say.  Her name is lovely.  I had a list of 6 or 7 girl names that I thought were pretty but all seemed to be in the top 10 this year.  We didn't want to do that.  We don't want her to be one of three or four girls with the same name in her class.   Ry brought up the name we're going with a few years ago when we were playing the "someday/what if" game.  Then when our 'what if' became a reality he was still set on it.    He loves it and since it's lasted for the past two years without his mind changing he was all about it.  I still hemmed and hawed a bit, throwing out different names here and there but in the end I felt just as sure as he did.  I love it because her daddy chose it.  He is so dedicated and invested in it that it feels like an extra special name.  The fact that he loves it so much has really made me love it all the more.  So, when we found out that she really was a SHE, her name was pretty much settled.  She's her daddy's girl. <3

I suggested a middle name and Ry went along with it immediately so that stuck too.  Daddy picked the first name and momma picked the middle.

Here's what came into play when choosing her name:
  • Something that goes with our last name.  We thought about doing a traditional Italian name since that's Ryan's heritage (Sofia + Ourlastname) but weren't sold.
  • A name that is not in the top 10 for the past three years.  There goes my list of Ava, Ella, Grace, etc.
  • What nicknames would we call her?  That's kinda gone out the window because the nicknames that have popped up such as Pippa have nothing to do with anything.  
That's about it.  I don't think I felt like we were FOR SURE going with the name Ry chose until this past week.  Now, we use it when we're talking about her to one another and it's starting to feel more natural.

So as soon as she's born and all is revealed, you'll know alllllllll that went into it.  :)

Any guesses?  (If Ry sees this he's gonna freak out at me.  Heheh)


  1. So sweet! I just posted about our baby name today too! Taylor picked it out as well, and that does make it seem so special. I love more than anything watching him getting excited to meet his baby! Now that the cat is out of your bag, I LOVE Scarlet's name! it's so feminine and sweet, and full of amazing personality!
    -Kalynn The Country Bumpkins (for some reason I can't comment without being anonymous. bummer)

  2. This is so cute! Just wondering, what is Scarlet's middle name? :) xx

  3. I have an almost 7 month old named Stella and when we decided what to name her I told my mom. She told me she didn't like it because it was old fashioned and from then on out I refused to tell anyone that asked what her name was. We kept it secret from everyone until the moment right after she was born. My husband didn't understand why, but I refused to tell anyone because I just didn't want to hear everyone's opinions on it.

  4. LOVE your blog!! Found it through sprinkle of glitter :]
    Do you think it's odd having a baby name list?????? I am not intending to have children anytime soon, but it's so nice to write down nice names and remember them!