of your name? You love it? Great! So do your Dad and I.
August 16th. You’re not
here yet, but I know that blogging will most definitely take a back seat to you
in the coming weeks, and I want to be sure that I get this written down. I know what you’re thinking…this woman
is the crazy planning type. Yep.
was not an easy task. We had
already decided on a boys name but you threw us for a loop (a good loop!) when
we cut into that pink cake. What
was the boys name you ask? I can’t
tell you…what if you have a brother someday?!?
history for you. I met a kid at
church camp one year that was given his mother’s maiden name-Teague. Apparently that made an impression on
me because I have loved last names
as first names ever since. Well it
turns out that it’s hard to find surnames that aren’t too masculine for girls-and
if they’re not masculine, they don’t really sound like surnames. We even searched for many a surname meaning to find something unique pertaining to our family history. Early on I voted for Parker but your
Dad wasn’t having it. Actually,
for the first month or two of brainstorming your dad turned his nose up to just
might have something special when I came across a little gem in “The Penguin
Dictionary of Surnames”-a 99 cent Amazon purchase. We were in the middle of an 11 hour drive to Kansas and we’d already flipped through all 8 name books I had checked out
from the library. I said “how
about Arden?”…and amazingly, your Dad didn’t crinkle his nose or scoff. He didn’t say he liked it either, but I
knew that’s what it meant. So I
added it to the short list on my phone and smiled.
couple months we tossed it around with others like Channing and Lennon. Then Channing Tatum came out with a new
movie called “Magic Mike” (don’t look it up) and that kind of ruined that. Then your Dad said Lennon made him
think of Vladmir Lenin…yes, a Russian communist. Well, that was out too. Truth is though I think we both knew it was Arden all along.
Arden, Arden Myrin…they all checked out.
No bad associations 🙂
perfect: passionate, enthusiastic….a
Pottery Barn Kids chair test. Yep,
cousin’s softball game I tried to picture “Arden” on the back of your jersey
someday. I loved it.
awesome fridge letters as a gift from the Griffins-and while I was off doing
something, your dad spelled your name with them. He said, “So is it official? Is this her name?” And that’s when you went from “baby” to
So there you have it. We chose your name because it’s strong, but it has such a sweetness about it at the same time. I hope you come to love it as much as