Sunday, June 3, 2012

Anatomy of a Name

Naming a baby is a big responsibility. Like the biggest. I don't have the words to express how important it is to me that my child have a name that means something and is "normal". Not "normal" in boring and plain, but something that they can grow to love and enjoy. A name that they can use if they grow up to be a doctor, lawyer or a teacher. Simply put, something nice.

Growing up, like most girls, I had names I loved. Names that I discovered in books, seen in movies and names that I just thought sounded like a name someone could be proud of. However, I grew up and got married and realized that names like Thorn, although manly, didn't go well with Cox. Neither does Noah. And Savannah, southern and sweet, and Brianna, Brie for short, mean nothing to me now.

As James and I approach our 20 week ultrasound, we had to buckle down on coming up with a name for the baby, boy and girl. I just needed to have a name picked out and ready so that when we left our appointment, I could stop calling the baby Petite and start calling him/her by his/her name. And the following is the anatomy of our baby's name.

For a boy (what I hope for), we choose Connor Ross. Connor is a name I have loved for years and years and although we know a few Connors none are close and it's a name that is dear to both of us. Connor will be named in honor of James' Mom, Connie, who passed away in August 2011. Connor's middle name will be Ross, which is James' middle name. Connor Ross Cox, Momma's boy and Daddy's little buddy.

For a girl (what James is hoping for), we choose Emma Ruth. Emma is the only name James and I could agree on, which worked out perfectly since my Mom LOVES the name Emma and has been asking for a Emma since Cora was born 6 years ago. Ruth is after James' Granny who passed away in 2010. Emma Ruth Cox, Momma's princess and Daddy's sweetheart.

And tomorrow, we will know which name we get to use. I am beyond excited! To keep you company till then, here is a picture of me and Connor/Emma at 19 weeks and 3 days:


  1. So excited for you guys! This ultrasound will be something you will remember for the rest of your life.

  2. So exciting! Can't wait to hear. Both names are great and have such sweet meanings behind them. I'm guessing boy :)


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