Friday, January 13, 2012

Whats in a name?



The name we chose for our little girl didn't come easily. We had quite a few names in mind until about 35 weeks.
A few years ago, while Christmas shopping at Tai Pan with my mom, I came across a simple ornament. It was a silver star with the word Faith written across it in plain letters. At that time, I decided I wanted to name my daughter Faith. I have no idea why, but it just stuck with me. I've had it hanging in my bathroom ever since. I didn't really give it another thought since then. When we found out we were having a girl, Brian was set on naming our little girl either Jersey or Lilly after his grandma. I wasn't too fond of either of those names for our little girl, even though I love both of them. When I went to my 22 week appointment, which is called the targeted ultrasound, the tech was checking all of our little girls organs. She spent a lot of time on the heart. I asked her how many babies have heart problems that they find before they're born. She said about 4 in every 100 babies had different degrees of heart problems. I told her about my cousin that had heart problems when he was born and but he is doing well today. I started to get a little nervous as she kept looking through the heart. She informed us that she couldn't find the pulmonary valve in the heart, and she would like me to come back in 4 weeks to check again. Thats not the greatest news to hear while pregnant... Or at any time. Through the next 4 weeks, through much prayer, I new that if I just had FAITH, everything would be ok. A week before my appointment, my midwifes nurse called me to make sure that I had made another appointment. This kind of freaked me out. Sure enough, when my next appointment came, EVERYTHING was there and where it was supposed to be! I was convinced even more to name our daughter Faith, Brian wasn't quite convinced yet though. As time progressed through my pregnancy, we had some small trials that took patience and Faith to get through. At the end November, Brian came to me and said "I think Faith is the name for our little girl." This made me so happy. A couple weeks later, I couldn't get the name Faith Lillian out of my mind. One day, Brian asked me if she would have a middle name. I told her the name I had been thinking of. Tears came to his eyes. He said thats it! Now every time Brians grandma Lilly calls me, she asks how "Faith Lillian" is doing or she says "hows my namesake." She is such a special person to both of us and is so honored that we named our daughter after her. When she got Faiths birth announcement, she called me in tears. That is one voicemail that I will never erase.
Sorry for the long boring story, but it will be nice to look back some day to remember all of the little details.

4 comments:

Vance Abby Jane said...

That is WAY sweet. She's a little miracle. But when it comes down to it, I guess all babies are. I love the name.

McKell H. Costa said...

Becky that is so sweet! She is darling and I'm glad all is well!

Douglas Beazer said...

I love love love this post! It's so cool to hear where names come from. What a lucky lil baby to be named after such a beautiful woman! Also, how scary was that for you?! I don't know how you did it! Obviously she was in favor of the name. :) It's just perfect. Congratulations, she is gorgeous.

Brein said...

So apparently, SOMEONE checked their email on my computer and left himself signed in. So just so you know and aren't left wondering, although Doug is a tender heart, it was me that commented. ;)