January 22, 2013

her name is...

This highly anticipated post (maybe?) is most likely overrated, but since I know there are several of you that would like to know what Baby J 2.0's name will be, I figured I'd share.  This IS her name for sure unless she comes out a he (in which case, we're screwed in the department of too much pink and the whole boy name thing, we never agreed on one...).  So with that in mind, I don't really need to hear any negative comments.  Mmmkay?

Honestly, I hate picking a name for a child.  It is kind of fun, at first.  But this kid is more or less stuck with this name for the rest of their life.  Like the whole thing.  What if they hate their name?  What if they are one of a dozen with that name in their class?  What if people make fun of them for it?  How do you know it is the right name?  Stresses me the heck out.  And I know several people say you should just wait until the baby is here and meet them and all and then decide between your top names, but I just met the kid.  How the heck am I supposed to know that she just looks like a this or a that?  Not to mention I wouldn't do well going into the hospital without a name.  Pregnancy hormones are crazy.  Post partum hormones are freaking INSANE.  I'd probably throw something at Christopher if he didn't agree with me.

So without further adieu, little miss will be named...

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Elsie Joann

Yes, Elsie.  Not Elise.  I'm so mean to my children, aren't I?  I'm sure she will often have to correct people, and fix typos with her name, but we like it, so that is that.  Naming this little girl was much harder than naming Ryann.  I'm not sure why, but I just couldn't decide on anything.  There was something wrong with every name we considered.  It was too popular, I didn't like it, Chris didn't like it, it just didn't seem to fit us.  Then one day, out of nowhere, while axing my two favorite names, Christopher threw out Elsie.

I won't lie, it took a little bit to grow on me.  I worried a bit about it being too much of a nickname, and not having a formal name.  But the most common formal name for Elsie is Elizabeth, which is of course Ryann's middle name.  So we're sticking with Elsie.  We figure in the future if she feels like going by something a little more formal, Elle is always an option.  I like that she has some nickname options, such as Elsie Jo or EJ.  I think they're cute.

Joann is a nod to Christopher's grandma.  Her middle name is actually spelled Joan, but pronounced Joann, and it seemed easier to spell it how we wanted it to be said.  Plus my middle name is Ann, so it is kind of after both of us, right?

And because my first born is a ham (or weird, whatever you want to call it), a couple of other shots for our attempt at a name reveal...

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Truly I can't wait to discover Elsie's personality.  I'm so curious if she'll be like Ryann, or a complete opposite of her.  Whatever the case I really hope they can be the best of friends.  Ryann already loves her little sister so much.

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28 comments:

Brooke said...

i love it. so sweet & girlie but fun. congrats.

fifth house on the left | family blog said...

I love, love, love it! I was always called LC {because of my initials} pronounced Elsie, not LC like Lauren Conrad ;) Very cute and these are the most adorable pictures I have ever seen! I need a tripod...

Can't wait to "meet" ELSIE...and see the final room :)

Kristal said...

I LOVE the name and these pictures are awesome!!

Sarah and Derek said...

You of course get my approval on the name :) love it!! I think it would be really cute to call her Elle.

Amy said...

Cute! I really like it! Adorable photos too :)

Carrie S said...

Lurker coming - I LOVE the name Elsie! It is beautiful!

Crazycurls said...

My sure fire way of liking a name is if it sounds good yelling it out as you will for sure need to do on a playground 3 yrs from now :-). Elsie Joann is a great choice!

Amy said...

You look great - Ryann is hilarious - the name is awesome. That is all!

WinterBenson said...

Love it! I bet big sister can't wait to meet little sister!

kyna... said...

Love the name! That was our runner up, but if course we ended up going with Ellie. We also worry about not having a "formal" name for Ellie...because she is just Ellie...not Eleanor, or Elliana, or anything...just Ellie. Honestly we didn't even think twice about giving her a more formal name and then all of a sudden after she was born, we started getting tons of people questioning what Ellie was short for...and when we said "nothing" they looked at us kind of odd and said "ohhhh....well, what if she wants a more formal name when she gets older?" Ummm, I dunno people...what if she completely hates every bit of her name when she gets older? I guess she can change it once she's 18! Lol! My name is kyna...just Kyna...my parents loved it, and they figured I'd just have to deal with it! So I guess so will Ellie! Ha!

Anyway, sorry about the novel about my kids name! Lol! I absolutely LOVE the name Elise!! It's adorable! (Also love the name Ryann too btw...it's one of the names on our LONG list of baby names for baby #2, whenever that happens :-)

Kimberley T said...

Cute name

kyna... said...

And of course...after you JUST made it a point to say her name is "Elsie" and NOT "Elise", my iPhone auto corrected Elsie to Elise in my comment above!! So sorry hon! I totally didn't catch that until I hit publish!! Ugh!! Sorry, sorry, sorry! I didn't want to be the first to make the mistake and transpose those two letters!!

Mandy@ a sorta fairytale said...

Cute cute cute! And good on you for naming her ahead of time!! Both of my boys weren't named until they were born. Partly because I am one of those that thinks I will just "know" the right name when I meet them. And the other part (the bigger part) because my Husband and I are really indecisive. lol.

Meredith said...

I love the name Elsie!! It's adorable and goes beautifully with Ryann. And those pictures of Ryann with the sign...she is too much:)
Can't wait to see the room!! The name and the room are what I've been waiting for!!

Jenny said...

Nice!!! I really like it, and I am super picky about names (yes, even on other people's children, ha). Elsie's definitely not your run of the mill "El" name2. Ruby typed that 2. With her face. Guess she wanted to say hi (she totally lit up when she saw the pictures of Ryann).

Can't wait to see Miss Elsie's room finished now! =)

Erin said...

Beautiful name, and I love the photos!

Brenna said...

One of the important things for me is how the kiddos names go together... We did not want a formal name for the first and a trendy for the second... I think Ryann and Elsie are perfect together!

Bon Bon said...

oh for the love, this is insanely cute! yay girlies! xoxo

Former Fat Bride said...

So sweet! I like Elsie. Ryann is so cute in those pics; can't wait to see how she reacts to having a baby sis!

Megan said...

Absolutely ADORE the name, and these pictures are incredibly sweet!

Suzi @ chores and chandeliers said...

Love Elsie! It's my great grandmas name!!!
I love it.
I also.love your nickname options.

Joi said...

I love it! It's very sweet.

Nicole said...

Love it! Have some friends who had a baby Elsie in November and think its a great name!

christa said...

ahh, it's a sweet name :)

maria said...

So adorable!! And Ryann is hilarious!! She's gonna be such a good big sister, I bet!

Ashley@MarriedLane said...

So sweet! I love that you warned against negative comments - I'm with you! When we announced our little one's name (Ella Mae, Mae after my sister, Ella because we like it), my hubby's grandma was instantly upset that we weren't using Rae, which is her middle name (and which one of her grandchildren has already carried on!). Agh! Just be happy for us! ;)

But seriously, Elsie is one of my favorites. So happy for you guys!

sarah @ life {sweet} life said...

Love it! SUCH a pretty name! You look amazing, and those pics are SO cute. Ry has the best personality! She will be a fabulous big sister. :)

Julie S. said...

Love it! Such a cute name!