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Our Baby Has A First Name…

Ever since we decided on a name for our second son, I’ve had the Oscar Mayer bologna song stuck in my head.

Because I am THAT COOL.

Whenever I tell someone his name, I bite my tongue in order to keep from singing the letters to them.  It’s quite  troublesome, and not just because that song is annoying, but because our son’s name is so classic and noble and sweet.

This little boy, to be born any day, is named Henry Christian Conner.

Oh, I love him so much.  Little Henry.

Dan and I had a TERRIBLE time coming up with a boy-name.  I suggested about 20, all of which Dan reacted to viscerally.  Facial expressions as if I’d stuck a rancid, moldy sock under his nose.  This was not without precedent, and is, in fact, how we named all of our children:  I suggested names, Dan said “no,” 6 months later Dan came around on one of the names I liked, et voila!  Madeline and Sam.

But our method wasn’t working this time.  Dan was not coming around.  And so, it was Dan who eventually suggested Henry.  That’s why I love it so much, because my husband named this son; it’s the most beautiful thing in the world to me.

I think Hank Aaron was what did it for Dan.

We’d tossed ‘Henry’ around frivolously in conversation, then one day, Dan marched into the room and announced, “WE COULD NAME HIM HENRY AARON – AND CALL HIM HANK,” as if he’d just been struck by a bolt of lightening.

It was a Eureka! moment.  And in that moment, Dan claimed this little man-child for the world of sports, and there was no turning back.  He is looking forward to the day he can sit in the stands and yell things at “Hank.”

His mother will cheer for “Henry.”

When we told Madeline that her little brother was named “Henry Christian Conner,” she dropped her jaw in disbelief:

Another Conner????”

Yes, darling, that’s how this sibling thing works. ( Though to be fair, that’s exactly how we felt for the first few months of his life.)  Madeline has called him HenryChristianConner (no spaces) ever since.  One day she will sit in the stands cheering for HenryChristianConner.

So it’s official, and I can’t stop singing it:  ”Our baby has a first name; it’s H-E-N-R-Y!”

And I can’t wait to get my hands on him.
I can not wait to whisper his own name into his tiny ear:

“Hi, Henry.”

I can’t wait to press my nose right up against his teeny nose and whisper,

“It’s nice to meet you, Henry.  I’ve loved so much for so long already, Henry.  You are my tiniest boy, and I am your Mom, Henry.  Little boys love their mommas; they need their mommas, and I am so happy that I got to be your momma, Henry.”

 I am so, so glad.

  • Lauren Atkins

    This is so very sweet. :D

  • Amanda Lynne Designs

    Love the name. We had no issues with our first, but our second was a battle.

  • Danielle

    Beautiful name! I don’t know if you knew this, but all of our 4 boys are named after old-timer baseball players. Tyrus (Ty Cobb), Teddy (Ted Williams), Denton (Cy Young), and Gehrig (Lou Gehrig). We actually had joked that if this 5th pregnancy ended up twin boys, we’d name one Hank and the other Aaron. But, alas, it is one baby…due any day like yours. And with no idea of boy or girl, our baby has yet to have a name. We’d considered both Henry and Christian for boys names in the past, but funny enough, the name I’ve turned my nose up to 4 times before, actually is my favorite now, and if we have a boy, it will likely be “Mickey”. I guess with 4 older brothers, I feel like he’ll be able to handle that name. (I’m still hoping this might be a girl though!!!!)

  • Savannah Shafer

    Henry…. I will always think of “Ever After”… my favorite movie of all time.

  • Christine Trevino

    Precious. Love his name. Can’t wait to see pictures of the little guy!

  • Elizabeth

    Love this. Also nice to know that my husband and I aren’t the only ones that name our children that way! That’s exactly how all three of our children were named…I came up with them, my husband said “NO!” and then a few months later he suggested my names and we went with them. I love the name Henry!

  • Mila

    Perfect name! Every post of yours leaves me almost in tears. In a good way! Congrats on everything, and you are hilarious and such a good writer. Best to you and your adorable family.

  • Shelley

    I love the name Henry!

    • Anne Markham

      which means?

  • Angela Mills

    This is beautiful!

  • Peg

    I have a Henry – he’s 10 and wonderful. (Not sure how I found your blog way back when but I pop in from time to time. Always like what I read.)