We were undecided on homegirl's name for quite a while. We didn't officially decide until probably the last month of my pregnancy, and even then we weren't ready to share it publicly.
The Mr. and I talked about this name, her name, years ago. Of course then, it was just, 'this would be an awesome little girl's name (since it holds special meaning for us..)'
When the Mr. and I first got together, we, for the most part, shared similar taste in music. There were a few bands he loved that I didn't really care for and others that I had heard of but didn't necessarily listen to often. (Then there was my country music, that he has since come on board with, irrelevant to this story though..) I quickly was suckered into a particular artist and we decided to go see him live, it was my first concert experience and quickly became special music for our budding relationship. Each following summer following, we made sure to attend his concerts whenever he was in our state.
His voice is unique and raw. His lyrics are real, interesting, and touching. The music he plays is simple, yet intricate and moving. Some of my favorite songs of his are just instrumental, him on his guitar. The time the Mr. and I spent together at his concerts and listening to his music are special and memorable. The Mr. has been instructed to have some of his music at my funeral. We danced our first dance as a married couple to his music. When we listen to his songs, it seems to bring a carefree and warm-fuzzy feeling over the room, and simply puts my heart at peace.
As for her middle name, we had originally been throwing around something totally different. Once we were settling on her first name, I thought maybe a family name for a middle name to pass on (as we had done this for her big brother also..)? Why not my middle name? It was given to me. It was the middle name of one of the most special, interesting, and inspiring women I have ever met.
My Grandma, Harriett Ann.
Unfortunately, she never saw me marry the love of my life or welcome these perfect babes of ours into the world. She was always one of my BIGGEST fans. There are very few people that would be happier for me. She always provided selfless and endless love, support, and excitement. I hope along with the name, some of her memories can be passed along as well.
So it was finally decided, Harper Ann.
We created this poster for her nursery, with lyrics from a Ben Harper song. We thought this was fitting for a little girl..
'but nothing is as beautiful as when she believes'
How did you decide/pick your kids' names? Any guidelines/requirements for picking a name? Are you named after someone special?