Discovering Me

Me on having babies, losing babies, trying to have babies and hoping to bring this one home.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Okay, the name. This is always a huge issue in this house. I maintain that my husband tends to have more opinions than I am comfortable with. The name thing is no exception. Too many opinions. If I play the I-should-name-her-because-I-have-to-carry/deliver-her card, he plays the that's-not-fair card. It's a no-win for me.

After much debate, the name is chosen. We didn't let it out too much because initially (according to Jim) we're just trying it on and it may change. So far, it's sticking and since we have already gotten things with her name on them, done deal.

So, her name shall be.... Julie Mae.

Julie, mostly because we agreed on it and both generally like it. We have the Julie Andrews factor. I know she isn't what you would call one of the old Hollywood Glamour Girls, but she was beautiful and certainly graceful and lovely. The Mae could be partly for Mae West, you know, a little brassy and no-bull-shit never hurt anyone. But, mostly is for my grandmother. My dad's mom was born on the day this little one will be born, January 7. Her name was Ethel Mae. God knows Ethel is awful, she always hated it. Knowing her, she would find a way to come back and get me if I even dared use the Ethel. So, we used the Mae, in her honor.

Coincidentally, she is the grandma I have mentioned before who loved children but struggled for many years and had many, many losses (15 total, mostly 2nd tri, some later than that, one shortly after a premature birth) before she had my aunt and then my dad. She was in her 40's (42, I think) when my dad was born. In 1954, that was old, old.

So, Julie Mae it is. Short and sweet is my favorite. She is our little Bonus, a surprise we never expected, but now a surprise that is much anticipated and loved.


  • At 12:34 PM , Blogger Mom of 3 and bride-to-be! said...

    LOVE the name :) 'bout you come back more often!! Once a month is looonnggg!!

    Miss reading you more often!


  • At 7:17 PM , Blogger three minute palaver said...

    Julie Mae is a gorgeous very pretty name. I really love Mae. and I really love Mae West. and I love Julie Andrews in The sound of Music. and surprise, surprise, I actually really like Ethel. Honestly, I would have gone there and seriously considered the full Ethel Mae in honour of your Grandma if DH would have agreed to that. That aside, you have made a very beautiful choice of names. Julie is just so pretty and Mae is soft and sweet. Well done.

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  • At 4:01 PM , Blogger KB said...

    She's been Julie for a while, far as I was concerned!! I liked it when you first told me, and I like it even more now.

    You could have done the "let your firstborn name her because we can't agree and the hospital won't let us leave without a name and I hate this damn place call him what you want I am leaving" route that we did... ;)


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