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Saturday, March 14, 2015

sharing baby sunshine's name


naming a human being is a big responsibility. it can shape who he becomes. this little person will be called by these letters strung together every day of his life. choosing a child's name is a reflection of you and your partner. who you are. your personalities and ideals. what you want your child to be like.

in the beginning, i'd give hubby long lists of baby boy names that i liked. he'd listen and say yes, no, or maybe to each one. but mostly he'd say no.

once we finally we landed on a name that we both love for our son, we shared it with a few people. quickly, we learned that sharing your baby's name gives people an open invitation to critique it and share their opinion. that bothered me at first so we decided to wait to share his name until after he's born.

but recently, we decided…we don't care what anyone else thinks. we don't need affirmations. this is our son's name and all that matters is that we like it. he's due in 5 days and i'm on bed rest until he arrives. so i thought i'd write this post to share his name a bit earlier in anticipation of his arrival.

this sweet onesie is from the little goose shop on etsy.
you can follow them on instagram @thelittlegooseshop to see their darling baby products.
what maverick means
independent, nonconformist
symbolizes an unfettered, free spirit

etymology & historical origin 
maverick is an english word meaning “independently minded”. interestingly, the word was coined in the mid-1800s by the ranch neighbors of samuel maverick, a texas politician and land baron who refused to brand his cattle. the name received further “wild wild west” cachet in 1994 thanks to the movie “maverick” set in the american old west starring mel gibson.

 in 1986, we saw the release of the hugely popular film “top gun” starring a young tom cruise as the independently defiant naval pilot pete “maverick” mitchell. the word and the name “maverick” are both distinctly american. we like to think of ourselves as free, bold and independent.

popularity 
initially, we really liked aiden until we realized that it is one of the top ten baby names for little boys right now. according to nameberry, in 2013, maverick was #273 on the popularity list. my iPad baby names app says that there were 851 births last year with the name maverick...placing it at #356 on the popularity list.

interestingly, the name maverick appeared on the american male naming charts for the first time (and very briefly) in the late 1950s. in 1960, the name abruptly disappeared again not to reemerge for another 30+ years in 1994. clearly, the resurfacing of maverick as a boy’s name was influenced by the aforementioned movie starring mel gibson. the name has achieved pretty low-moderate levels of usage. by no means is this a commonly used name which is appealing to us.

characteristics 
boys with the name maverick have a deep inner desire for a stable, loving family or community, and a need to work with others and to be appreciated.

boys with this name tend to initiate events, to be leaders rather than followers, with powerful personalities. They tend to be focused on specific goals, experience a wealth of creative new ideas, and have the ability to implement these ideas with efficiency and determination. they tend to be courageous and sometimes aggressive. as unique, creative individuals, they tend to resent authority, and are sometimes stubborn, proud, and impatient.

middle name
we wanted a more traditional middle name to pair with our son's less common first name. we also wanted it to be short and succinct. so we chose dean.

nickname
we call him mav. 


Sunday, March 8, 2015

capturing the joy

a friend of mine connected me with a very brave woman named lindsey. this special lady decided to follow her dreams and pursue her passion for photography. i know a little something about taking a huge leap of faith and chasing your dreams even when you're afraid of failure or things not working out. so i could really relate. 

in lindsey's case, her leap of faith isn't related to fertility, it's about her career. she decided to leave a stable corporate job to start her own business called the joy archival. she's all about storytelling through pictures and capturing those small (or large) joyful moments in life. i love her documentary style as opposed to the more traditional posed portraits. 

i really connected with lindsey when we met and was ecstatic when she offered to capture some special moments for us. our son's nursery. nesting and waiting for our baby boy. his birth and first bath. the things in life that you want to hold onto and remember for years to come. the moments that take our breath away when we think about them later in life. 

here are some of the moments that she captured for us. preparing for our son. carrying him in my womb. our family finally on the verge of expansion. pure love and joy.
thank you, lindsey  


















Wednesday, March 4, 2015

the time i fell and landed on my baby...


so i've been making a habit of spending quality time with the L&D nurses at the hospital where i'll be delivering baby sunshine. 

in addition to my weekly OB appts, i've been admitted into L&D for monitoring, stress tests or other concerns once per week for the past 5 weeks of my pregnancy.

week 33 - migraine and contractions
week 34 - shortness of breath, increased blood pressure and swelling in my legs and feet
week 35 - severe dehydration from stomach flu
week 36 - external cephalic version
week 37 - fell and landed on my abdomen

yep, week 37 was a doozie. 
on monday, i went to my OB appt in the morning. keep in mind that the hospital that i'm delivering at is about an hour drive (each way). so two hours round trip. after my appt, i stopped at the grocery store a few blocks from my house to pick up a few things. i had some trash in my car that i was throwing away before walking into the store. one of the wrappers blew out of my hand onto the ground. i didn't want to litter so i started walking and bent over to pick it up. and boom…next thing i know i hit the ground and felt the impact in my abdomen. 

it was a bad combo…
my equilibrium being off because i'm so front-heavy, the curb tapering down and wearing my mom's uggs (which are two sizes too big for me) because my feet and legs are so swollen they're the only shoes that fit on my feet. 

thankfully i was able to brace myself somewhat as my hands, right forearm and right knee are bruised and scraped up. that tells me that i at least took some of the impact away from my stomach when it hit the ground. 

but i was a mess. 
in tears. on the ground of the parking lot in front of the store. panicked that i hurt the baby. a nice man who was driving through the parking lot when i practically fell in front of his vehicle was the first to jump out of his car and help me. a store clerk called 911. and the ambulance came. 

the minutes that i was laying on the ground assessing how i felt and waiting for the baby to move or kick were the longest ever. finally once i was on the gurney and in the back of the ambulance, the baby start kicking and they were the best, most reassuring kicks i've ever felt. 

at that point, i felt like baby boy was fine. but i still went back to L&D at the hospital to get the baby on the monitor and make sure everything was okay. i just needed peace of mind. the midwife said that he looked perfect and "his strip looks textbook, exactly what they want to see when they look at a baby's heart rate." such a huge relief. 

although i'm in love with the nursing staff who've been so kind to me these past few weeks, i'm really hoping to stay out of L&D until baby boy is ready to make his appearance.


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