Monday, March 11, 2013

A Middle Name

While we may not know for certain what Baby Janney's first name will be, we have known for A LONG time what his middle name would be.  I'm pretty sure we both knew what our first born son's middle name would be without ever needing to discuss it.  It was just that clear.


I'm not sure how much I have mentioned it on this blog in the past, but Phil has an older brother named Nicholas (for clarifying purposes, I have an older brother named Nicolas without the "h").  He died about 6 years ago in a car accident.  I think he was almost 26 when he died.

We've always known that this little boy's middle name would be Nicholas, after the uncle that both he and I will never get to meet on Earth.

I met Phil the year after his brother had died.  And while I haven't been around the family long enough to see all of the grieving, I have definitely seen a lot of it.  As anyone can imagine, it has been a long process which I don't think has been made any easier with Phil's dad's Liver Cancer being in the picture.

Yesterday was Nick's birthday.  He would have been 32.  Every year for his birthday, Phil and I go out and have a nice steak dinner (since that is something his brother enjoyed doing).  This year, his birthday falls on a night when we have our Bradley class, so our dinner had to be postponed.

So when it comes to Baby Janney's name, here's what we have so far:

_______ Nicholas Janney

Two-thirds of the way there.


  1. That name is going to be so important to your little guy as he grows up. My mom's sister died in a car accident at 18 years old, a year and a half before I was born. My grandmother died 6 months before that, taken very quickly by cancer. It was a rough couple years for my mom's family. She named me after both of them - my first name is my aunt's name, my middle name my grandmother's. I never met either of them myself, but I have carried a piece of who they were with me my entire life. I know people say they're just names, but it's somehow a beautiful thing to be connected to the memory of those who left too soon in such an intimate way.

  2. It's always sad to hear when someone is taken from this world so young. But that's such a wonderful way to honor and remember him. I'm sure that will make Phil's family very happy :o)

  3. How exciting!Few things I love more than naming my kids (I have a Ricardo (he's a II, Roman Atticus, Hosea Cruz.:)

  4. This is so sweet! I love names with meanings like this! It makes them that much more special! (: I'm sorry for your loss, but this is such a great way to honor them! (:

    Hope you have a great weekend!



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