So happy to finally reveal Baby Girl Bower’s name to all of you! We also wanted to share the names that made the short list. We loved the process of picking the names for our sweet bundle!
Click here to watch the boys as they share the name but also all their thoughts about having a sister….and a whole lotta poop jokes 🙂
The name process was fairly straightforward. We wanted to use at least one family name and my Mummum’s health had been failing for the last year so we knew that it would make it extra special if the name we chose was from that side of the family. My grandmother’s mother was named Eleanor and that is a very revered name in our family….my great-grandmother died giving birth to my great uncle when my Mummum was very young and being able to make that choice was full circle for me. It was extra sweet also because I love Eleanor Roosevelt. We decided to shorten it to Ella as her legal name because we knew that we as a family would probably end up calling her that. But yes, Ella is for Eleanor in our hearts. The cherry on top was finding out that Eleanor is also a family name on Jeremy’s side.
Violet was chosen as her middle name because it is the American version of the name Viola (my great aunt’s name) and it is also used in Jeremy’s family. Violet also happens to be the state flower of New Jersey (where I was born), represents a sweet and strong flower and as a color, is often associated with wisdom, creativity, royalty and amethysts (my birth stone!). Also it was one of the few names we could agree on 🙂 Picking names without a person associated with it is HARD!
We felt also her name went well with the boys names – it has a little vintage charm that goes with it – Ella Violet – and it is still a name that we feel she can grow into! My middle name is Elizabeth and we found it so cute that Ella is actually a nickname for Elizabeth too! Isn’t that adorable?! I mean…it’s like I was able to give her something that represented her immediate family and her extended family too.
As for her arrival….yes, I am 41 and 2 days today….and yes, she already has her induction scheduled in case she decides to not come on her own. I am attempting my fourth VBAC and we are hopeful that everything will be super easy! If you would like to follow along with me and Jeremy as we welcome Ella into the world, we plan on posting regular labor and delivery updates on Instagram (we have done this with the last three boys). I am @bowerpowerblog (Jeremy is @the_jeremy_bower) and can not tell you how much it means to us when y’all leave comments and encouraging things! I actually do read them when I’m in labor 🙂 and thank you soooo much for all your prayers and thoughts….we can’t tell you how excited we are to meet little Miss Bower and start on this new phase of our adventure!