First of all, thank you so so so much for all of your excitement and joy over our announcement and introduction of Miss Mabel Spena. We feel so loved and your happiness for us has only increased ours!
Many of you have asked how we came up with her name and I wanted to be sure to put together a post explaining just that.
If you remember, not too long ago, but before I was pregnant and completely believed it would never happen again, I published a post about baby names. You can read that HERE! Most of the names on that list made it to our short list. We had a boy name and a girl name ready to go when we headed into our anatomy ultrasound with Abigail, so I really, really wanted to have that again this time.
We *almost* made it, but not quite! We had the same boy name from last time ready and waiting but choosing a girl name proved to be tricky.
Jim and I went on a date back in November and I presented him with a list of girls names I was considering and to my complete and total surprise he liked almost all of them. He said something like, “that there is a solid girls name list, Miss Courtney”. Which was great!! But then, it was tricky because none of the names stood out as a clear favorite. We liked all of them! So we simmered on it and thought about it and slowly whittled our list down to five names.
We talked about names standing in line to get into St. Peter’s in Rome and realized that the one baby name that was both our favorite was Mabel. My top two were Hazel and Mabel, Jim’s top two were Caroline and Mabel. At that same time, we decided to move Elizabeth to our automatic middle name option for whatever name we chose.
We’re big into choosing family names for middle names. Abigail’s middle name is Faye, which is two of our grandmother’s names. If this baby had been a boy, his middle name would have been Montgomery, which is Jim’s and his dad’s middle name.
So, Elizabeth. That is specifically Jim’s mom’s middle name and a big reason of why we chose it. Jim also had a Granny Beth, I have an Aunt Libby and a Great Grandma whose middle name was Elizabeth. It’s a timeless and classic name and we just love it.
I pretty much didn’t think we were having a girl, so I didn’t agonize over finalizing a baby girl name before our ultrasound. By that time, we had it narrowed down to two names.
Caroline Elizabeth and Mabel Elizabeth.
I was okay with only having two names left because I hoped it would be an easy decision if we had to make it. And sure enough! We did!
Jim and I both spent the day thinking about the two names and trying to decide which we felt was the name for our baby.
I loved that Mabel paired so well with Abigail, that it was an old name but still unique(but not YOUNEEK, you know what I mean?), it was 100% a girl name, and if we chose it her initials would be the same as Jim’s little sister- MES. We call her Aunt ME or M.E. a lot, so I loved the idea of her having a little niece that has a nickname just like her.
But the thing that really clinched Miss Mabel’s name was when Jim looked up the definition of it. Her name means “loving/lovable and dear” He told me that he teared up when he read that because he thought of the long, hard road that we have walked to bring her to us and how after all of it, the most dear and precious result, is her.
And that was it.
She was Mabel Elizabeth.
I had a little bit of a hard time calling her Mabel at first. The first few times I used it, it felt forced on my tongue and not quite right. But after a few uses, it just became her. 100%, absolutely her. It’s perfect and I love it and I’m so glad we chose it.
We can’t wait to welcome our lovable Mabel Elizabeth in May!