Oh, well. I'm still glad we told the kids.
I also had a few friends guess it successfully (three friends I think). They know me too well. That, and they know Old Testament girl names too well!
Our kids names all have a common pattern, one that I didn't really set out to establish, but one that I just ended up following after we named our first born. That is, first name from the Bible, middle name from the family. I wrote about Caleb, Sarah, and Gabriel's names here. I also included new born pics in that post!
Leah's name follows suit, her first name is in the book of Genesis (chapters 29-35); Leah was the sister of Rachel, wife of Jacob. Michelle is my sister's middle name. When we called to tell her Leah's full name, it made her teary - which is one of my favorite things to do, make people cry! I know, I'm so weird! :)
|Sonja (my sister) and Chris with our kids. The kids love being with them!|
And I guess the true test of a name (for the mom anyway) is how it makes you feel when you hear someone else say it out loud. I joked with my mother-in-law that I was even going to "surprise myself" with the name because I didn't call her that while I was pregnant. All the months that I referred to her as "baby girl" on my blog or on facebook, I actually called her that in my head, too! So as we started to tell people last Thursday, and as I started saying it out loud, I really loved it. Then when we had her first appointment with the pediatrician, and when the nursed called for Leah, it seriously made me smile.
|My sweet Leah. I could stare at her all day.|
Some people were surprised when I told them that we had a name picked out rather quickly. The truth is, it was in my "name vault" as I call it. When I was pregnant with Gabriel, we didn't know if he was a boy or girl, so I already had Leah Michelle all ready to go back then! I still loved it this time, so I didn't change my mind.
I love hearing name stories, so I thought I'd share hers!
How did you chose your children's names?