|The "note" I found on the counter the other day. My husband definitely gets me.|
|Dinner with my cutie girls in the city|
|fuzzy face photo|
|Black "Thursday night" on the electronics line|
|How Ty does Black Friday (hangover) shopping|
|Post bath snuggle|
|First time rock climber in CT|
|JJ, my friend's adorable bald man baby, looking all filled with wisdom|
(Julian & Brooke)
|Some of my Thanksgiving dinner|
|Thanksgiving weekend annual B-Ball challenge - boys against dads|
(Alex, Will & Kieran)
I knew Kara was going to be a girl, so I didn't think of any boy names. I was positive I was going to name her some version of Alex, but I didn't like the way girl Alex long names (Alexis, Alexandra, etc) sounded. I really, honestly didn't know I could have just named her Alex - I was so young and such a dummy. So in the hospital, the girl in the next bed was talking about how her friend just named her new baby Kara, and it just sort of felt right to me. So Kara Elizabeth it was. ELizabeth was after my Dad's mother.
Little Alex we always pretty much knew would be Alex, named after his Dad, who was named after his dad. So he is a third. I threw out the name Tighe (like Ty, but an Irish spelling), but that never happened.
Megan was my worst naming event. We could not even come up with a name for her. In fact, she was actually Julia for two days in the hospital before we came home, but I frantically changed it because she so didn't look like a Julia at all. Then Alex picked Megan, which I didn't love but felt pressured to go with. He kept saying, "Can't you picture a little Meg B running down the soccer field with a ponytail?" And I was thinking, "I guess..." Meg B does not love soccer, but she does wear a ponytail. Her name grew on me after a year or so - it seriously took that long!
Naming Brooke was easy. When we knew she was a girl, I picked Brooke Allison. Her middle name is after my sister Ali. I considered Meredith, and I still have it as a back up for another baby. Not that we're going there, but I still like it. If she was a boy, we were tossing around Eli, Henry or Ari. Henry for Alex's grandpa, Ari after my dad, and Eli just because it was cute.