Sunday, May 22, 2011

very clever, penelope.

so the NIGHT BEFORE we had you, like after we dropped your brother and sister off at your lola and lolo's(filipino for gramdma and grandpa), we were on our way home. your aunt michelle mentioned a name casually.

so here's our convo on the ride home:

babe, i really like the name penelope. 


what? you can't change the name. we've had the name for 6 months.


i know, you're right. i just love the name penelope. 


me too actually. 


nato! don't feed into this nonsense! tell me no.


let's just see what she looks like tomorrow.


you know that annoys me when people say that. it makes no sense.


we'll just see.


great...she has no name, the night before we're going in.


all pics from our phones...we heart instagram!



so you were supposed to be talulla. i love talulla becuse it has a bunch of L's in it without being an actual L name. i didn't want all my kids to have L names, yet i enjoy the letter L so much. so this name was like a loop hole of sorts so i don't have to be like the duggars(confession: who i have a slight weird obsession with).we could call you LOU, but your name begins with a T. clever, huh?!  i work my life around loop holes, penelope. there's always an exception to the rule and i will find it. sometimes i get into trouble for this. but i encourage you to live your life thinking cleverly, mkay. ya, let's call it clever.

anyway, talulla means fruitful woman and princess. which would be hard for your sister, lila because she thinks she's a princess. you guys would have had to compete for that title.


when we saw you, your dad said,
what do you think?
i didn't know. i said either name was great. i told him he could choose. so he went pee to think about it. classy, right?

nato said, i've got it, babe. i thought about yelling her name...like if she were in trouble. let's call her penelope. 


i love it. it's perfect. penelope grace.


she shall be my penelope grace and we shall call her penelope. (a finding nemo reference, if you didn't get it)

the crazy thing is, we didn't know what penelope meant when we named you. i googled it that night.
In Homer's epic the 'Odyssey' this is the name of the wife of Odysseus, forced to fend off suitors while her husband was away fighting at Troy until her husband returned.
Her name has traditionally been associated with marital faithfulness & loyalty


isn't that crazy? we changed her name last minute and found that it weaves into our story more than we could imagine. 


God is clever. really, really clever.

now, i leave you with my ankles. because i haven't seen my ankle bones emerge from my skin in, oh, 9 months.





and my son. so he wouldn't feel left out.

74 comments:

  1. i love the name! how special. she's is a pretty girl already. good work mama.

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  2. I love her!!!! She is so sweet and I love her name! :-)
    Doesn't look like gas to me! Sweet little gummy smiles are my fave

    And I totally got the finding nemo reference. "You shall be my squshy......"

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  3. Whatever Layne is wearing, I want one.

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  4. That is such a fantastic story behind a name! I'm so happy for you guys, and she is just beautiful!

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  5. yay. yay. yay. i have no other clever comment to leave. love all of this and yay. :)

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  6. Love it! What an awesome story. Will you call her Penny for short?
    Welcome back, ankles! This morning, at five months pregs, I was lying in bed next to my man and admiring how pink and healthy my normally boney, dry feet looked. That's when he chose to comment on my swollen kankles. Way to put a positive spin on it, baby!

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  7. i adore her! she is beautiful!

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  8. Penelope. I LOVE IT. My parents picked my name that way too. What just sounded right in the car. And I'm also fond of long name-os.

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  9. Awesome work - I love that name and that God has figured it all out before you!

    Penn makes a great nickname too. All the best :)

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  10. that is ultra cool!
    very special that her name means what it means.
    and gosh darnit... it's just such a sweet name too!
    i love it!
    personally, i like penelope much better than talulla.
    talulla and lila are too similar sounding...
    and penelope just seems to fit more in your family.
    (yes, i'm an expert, don't you know?!)

    anyhow, congrats again!
    she is a little button!
    and hearing how you named her is awesome.
    FWIW (for what it's worth), our last baby kinda had the same start.
    she was nameless for the first 2 hours even though we sorta had a name for her for a few months too.
    then i left it in hubby's hands.
    she so suits her name now and it feels weird that she could have been named something different.

    enjoy that sweet baby smell!!!
    xo

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  11. While K-dub was in the NICU there was a set of twins who came in after a week after us and Jimmy noticed the moms cankles and said to me "Look Ash, her ankles are swollen just like yours." He also asked why I didn't still look pregnant afterward but everyone else did, so I had to explain that me delivering at 35 weeks was the trick. Gotta love him.

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  12. what an awesome story!! love it and your photos!

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  13. this is awesome. God is so good!

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  14. mmmm... seriously great name. and now i just sound like an intranet stalker but talullah was on our short list too! like penelope, tallulah or lucienne. and we went with lucienne and call her lu-- because i love that. penelope also can mean "weaver"-- as in the weaver of grace... :)hope you are loving your pad getting smaller and your heart getting bigger. anytime beeeothch--- pack your babies and bags and meet me at the beach.:)

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  15. Penelope is perfect and i LOVE how it weaves into yur story perfectly! GOD ID CLEVER... we just have to trust!
    kisses
    xxO

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  16. That's an AMAZING story. I love the name Penelope. When we went in for our Csection with Chloe the other baby being born that day was a Penelope and for a mili second I was like, wait.. I love that name.. Hold the phone. But she was always a Chloe. :)

    She's cute, I'll babysit her so I can get my baby fix. Kthanks.

    xo

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  17. Her name is lovely and fitting, it seems. I love how God works his magic when we don't know it. (By the way, the night before isn't that weird, my cousin and his wife their daughter's name out while in the hospital by going through a PHONE BOOK!) Ha! Have fun with your new little poptart!

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  18. Shes so precious.And gas or no gas...she looks happy to me:) Congratulations!
    xo,
    Sarah

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  19. oh that clever God. i bet the whole time you guys were calling her talulla he was just laughing at you. that's an awesome story. and miss penelope is absolutely darling...and rest assured, her name does still have an L.

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  20. Love the name! She is beautiful :)

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  21. God is so awesome! What a perfect name!

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  22. I love this. So great, jami. and I love that her name rings so closely to you and your husband and your family as a whole. it's amazing, isn't it? God is so good. So faithful.

    And, my second favorite part was the nemo reference. Caught it right away.
    "You shall be my squishy...."

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  23. You're hilarious! And she's adorable! And her name is perfect!

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  24. God is clever! Oh how I love her name :) Congrats to you and your family she is adorable!

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  25. Aww, CONGRATULATIONS Natos! Welcome Penelope Grace and yay for the leaving of the kankles ;)

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  26. really love the meaning of penelope's name. that's a total Jesus thing that he'd change it for you at the last minute. he calls us all by name. pretty cool.
    also layne is funny in this decorated sack.

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  27. Congrats! Love the name and the meaning behind it :). Hope you are all adjusting well.

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  28. i love her name. precious! so glad your ankles are back...just in time for pool season ;)

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  29. I love it. We just LOVED our daughters name. The meaning? I mean, I think its important, but I was secretly worried that it would mean something horrendous. Turns out, it meant "peaceful home", and I had a woman pray/prophecy over my pregnant belly (right after we picked her name) that this baby "would bring peace to our home". And WHOA God. Confirmed. Done deal. So, hence our baby's name, Emeline.

    PS: secret obsession with duggar family, too. Come on? They're so interesting.

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  30. i love that her name fits your story. it's beautiful. and what exactly is layne up to in that picture?? :)

    btw....lila is exactly what you would look like if you were filipino. she looks just like you, but not a whitey!

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  31. Ahhh, I love Penelope! That was one of my fave names for our next kiddo if she turned out to be a girl. Love how God works.

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  32. I love her name and the relevance to the story of your redeemed marriage! Beautiful! Eva was supposed to be Miles (I was convinced we were having a boy) or in the off-chance she was a girl, Avery. Well, she wasn't a boy...and she didn't look like an Avery...so 24 hours later we settled on Eva.

    We're an indecisive bunch.

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  33. that's so sweet that her name means what it does. sweet p. i'm sad you're losing your buns.

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  34. This made me smile. Like this: 8D. That's me, sideways, with glasses and a big ol' grin, in case you aren't hip on emoticons. I like to pretend I am, even though I secretly hate them. I hate that, and "LOL". So now you know...

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  35. o and i meant to say congratulations too!

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  36. that is soooooo cool how the name worked out!! Congratulations on your beautiful Penelope Grace! she is perfect!! :)

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  37. i love her name and the meaning. she is such a cute, little peanut.

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  38. She is precious! Absolutely perfect! Are you on instagram? What's your user name?

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  39. aww love the story! God is cool isn't he?

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  40. In general, I love reading your blog. It's funny, honest, and a fun read. But this post is by far MY FAVORITE! I love the story, I love that you wrote it to your girl, I love the dialogue that took place between you and nato, and I love the way God works. Thank you so much for sharing, really.

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  41. i love this story. little penelope's name is just perfect for her.

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  42. God is so clever!~ I Love it! I love that she has such a special place in your story! You two are great and I am thankful God has brought you "into" my life!

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  43. beautiful name and always a fun story to read! love to you guys!!!

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  44. oh she is gorgeous!! Congrats! love the name and the visible ankles!

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  45. CLEVER!!! you and God, both. love it.

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  46. ashlyn was anna or julia. or ashlyn. immediately after birth, dave said "she's too beastly looking for anna or julia." so sweet of him, right? ashlyn it was. ashlyn grace, actually :) we were set on the middle name from the start.

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  47. Ugh...break my heart! "Marital faithfulness & loyalty"?? God is so good. And Penelope is beautiful. But seriously, back up off the same-letter-names, mkay? I started with Jaymin cause I loved it. I tried to find a name for my second child and kept being pulled to another J name. Once I named him that, I knew I was committed. All of my children shall have J names from this moment forth. ;) And yes, sometimes I turn to the Duggers for name ideas...

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  48. Congratulations!
    How cool that God named Penelope for you with his own very special meaning! It's been so cool to see your story play out with God's creative blessings! And those ankles are looking good :)

    P.S. I'm loving the first name/middle name combo. But I'm kinda biased :)

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  49. I LOVE penelope!! Such a cute name!!! Congrats;)

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  50. What a lovely story, Jami. I LOVE the name. It is absolutely adorable. And so is she. Of course, I knew she would be.

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  51. Man! You keep beating me to the punch on my favorite names! First, Lyla, now Penelope! Stop it.

    Seriously.

    Love, love, love sweet pea's name...especially with the meaning of it. How stinkin' perfect???

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  52. Congratualtions on the new baby girl .. i love the name .. and i love your blog .. don't remember now how i found it, (probably with the 'next blog' button!) but have been following for about 6 months. i love that you're not afraid to say anything. thanks!

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  53. You are the coolest of the cool! :) So love all of this__Penelope is beautimus, love the meaning, love your convo with Nato, and love your blog, mmmkay :)

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  54. Love this story. Its perfect.

    Um and I think you left out an instragram photo, steps, kids, momma, comb over, BARRETTE!

    xoxo

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  55. she is so cute & so are your ankle bones! :)

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  56. What a perfect name for a perfect little girl. She is sweet. Good job guys. That was on my list too until I married my husband. There is already Penelope Cruz in the world, we don't need a Penelope Kroeze (pronounced the same way). A perfect little nato though, I must say.

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  57. Woman, you write the most delightful posts.

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  58. I love it-- miss Penelope is the sweetest lil chick. I see a similar naught look from my z, followed by " I am not going to be your friend!" gotta love it:) glad you guys are doing well, and yes, your ankles look fab:)

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  59. Can I just say that I absolutely LOVE THIS! God is awesome. And I totally think that names have such power. Way to go. She is so cute it almost makes me want another...oh wait, just kidding. (at least for now)

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  60. What a gorgeous girl Jamie, with a gorgeous name! And hey, CONGRATS on the ankles! :)

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  61. I like babies and I like your blog. Yay for childbirth!

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  62. Penelope could be called Lo for short. Just sayin'. Love it! :)

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  63. I just got chills that seriously started at my shoulders and made their way to my toes. I love her name. I love her meaning. And, I know I've never met you both...but I love you both. And admire you tons!! Congrats to the family on sweet baby penelope!

    P.S. I think penny is a cute nickname too but there is no L in it! :)

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  64. She's adorable! Congrats! Love that name, too! (Although, I would've been ok with Talulla. teehee.)

    I've been perusing aroung your blog and I'm so glad I found you! :) I love your sense of humor! I had to chuckle - our "about me's" are similar. There can never be too many who are ok with laughing at themselves if you ask me.

    I also could relate to your "worst day of my life" post somewhat. God is so awesome. He can make some of the worst things turn out great! Looking forward to reading more.

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  65. I love penelope grace. I love the meaning. I love the story. How beautiful. And . . . . you boob for making me cry again. Congrats on a new daughter and cool headboard.

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  66. I managed to only read half of this when it came up on my feed. Then I missed your updates after 10 days and came back and read the rest. I love how God works, I love her name, and I hope that you are loving your new days as a momlady of 3!

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  67. she is so beautiful Jami! congrats to you and your family. I totally LOVE her name. how are you feeling?!

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  68. I can't believe it! I've had Penelope picked out (for my 2nd babe) ever since I had my first babe. Yeah, I'm weird like that. But so yeah, we are soul sisters... or something like that ;) Beautiful name for your beautiful girl. Hope you're feeling great!

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  69. Ahh! You just gave me goosebumps about the meaning of her name. Thanks for sharing! And my 5 yr old wants the plans for your son's costume, he thinks he's gonna make one too. :)
    Thanks for blogging.

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  70. aw, lovely story to share with her when shes older.

    your last photo of your son is CRACKING ME UP!

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  71. Ah! I started tearing up when you said what her name meant! God is good!

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