Mia Kate Balangue Foley – Before baby #2 I already had a name picked out. Penelope Kate. But the Hubs always called Maggie and Me his M&M girls, so I REALLY wanted to name baby girl #2 an “M” name. As soon as I heard Mia it just clicked for me. We kept Kate. The Hubs name is Nate, so we combined our names and got the Kate 🙂 PLUS when we looked at it it ended up being the SAME initials as Maggie! Win win!! So now we have M&M girls with the same initials 🙂 LOVE passing on my mom’s maiden name to them as well.
Our friend’s have a son named Deacon and we really liked it. We wanted a biblical name, so I guess you could say it kind of worked out 😉 His middle name is Yuma, which is Native American for “chief.” He is part Creek and my husband was called chief a lot in high school.
Finally after a while he suggested the name Indy. Cute right? Only one problem – it’s the cat’s name. About a year before we had our little one we found two kittens in the field next to our house. We couldn’t find their mama, so we took them in. They had BEAUTIFUL blue eyes so we decided to find names that meant blue for them. One was named Azure, and the other Indigo but we called her Indy. Azure disappeared a few months after we found her, but we still have Indy.
So when my husband said, “Indy” my thought was, “but that’s the cat!” I was working on making a paradigm shift, but it wasn’t happening quickly. Fast forward to when we were in the hospital. I was in labor and in pain. The nurses asked us what names we had picked out and my husband would automatically say Indy. I still wasn’t sold, but at the time I had more important things on my mind so it stuck! I did get to pick her middle name of Carmela after my great-grandmother. The nurses asked if they could sing the Indiana Jone’s theme song when she was born, but we ended up having an emergency c-section so they forgot in the stress of the moment.
You all remember that line from Indiana Jone’s when they were explaining Indiana’s name?
Sallah: You are named after the dog? HA HA HA…!
Indiana Jones: I’ve got a lot of fond memories of that dog.
Well for my daughter it’s “You’re named after the cat?!” And hopefully she’ll have some found memories of that cat as well.
But guess what? It turned out to be the perfect name for her.
For our son’s name, we also had a family tradition on my husband’s side that we wanted to honor. Oldest sons have the first name Michael, but usually go by the middle name. Honestly, for him we didn’t have the middle name finalized until we left the hospital – I even had to tell the birth certificate lady to give me more time 🙂
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