That "J" was yet to be determined. We had two names that we liked. We eliminated all others. We were so confident in our choices that I purchased a stocking at Christmas with the letter "J" and purchased a wooden letter "J" to hang on her nursery wall.
But I couldn't make a decision. One name stood out and seemed to be our favorite until I insisted that we have two choices. What was I thinking? My husband mentioned a name that I had suggested a while ago but he originally vetoed so I moved on. Now it was back and I had a very hard time figuring out which I liked more.
I believe it was over Christmas break that I sent him a text while I was at the gym. I said we should go with Name #1. He said no, it is too soon to decide. Let's wait. I had no problem with waiting until she was born and in my arms. Waiting until I saw her face and looked into her eyes. I never understood naming a person you had never met!
Then came Saturday night. We stood in her nursery and looked at the blocks I had used to spell out both name choices. I was scared to bring it up. Naming her made this all very, very real and time was just moving so quickly. But there was one name that I couldn't get off my mind. It was the right choice. I knew Chris liked it the most, as he referred to her using that name in a text earlier in the day.
It was time to name our daughter. It was time to think of her as a person with a name and not just a nickname. It was time to share with our family and friends who have been asking.
Did you know The Beatles (my favorite) have a song named Julia? Just like they have a song named Michelle.
I've always liked to pretend my parents named me after that song and now, my daughter can do the same.
Her middle name, Mary, is my middle name, my grandma's name and the name of Chris' favorite aunt.
I'm 34 weeks pregnant today. Trying to take in each and every moment of this pregnancy and life without a baby before everything changes.
We can't wait to meet our Julia.