As the weeks towards our baby's arrival continue to become shorter, I wanted to write about the name we have chosen for her. Post-birth, I'm anticipating (a) the loss of brain cells (b) the loss of time (c) the inability to sit at the computer (d) excessive grogginess and grouchiness due to lack of sleep. Not very ideal conditions for writing, let alone about such a special topic. One of the many things I have always looked forward to was selecting names for future children, making sure the first and middle names had special significance. Both my husband and I strongly believe in selecting names in which you can easily tell the gender of the child (those of you who have taught school know what I mean!). To have waited so long for a child makes this naming effort even more special!
Some of you may remember that during our adoption process from South Korea, we had hoped to name a son Andrew. We are saving that name if we do adopt from there someday. For some time, we have had a girl's name picked. Thanks for indulging my little explanation. So without further ado, our little girl will be called:
Kather.ine Eliza.beth, with a nickname of Ka.tie B.eth
Kat.herine is also the name of my husband's grandmother's little sister, who died of tetanus at age 3. His grandmother's middle name was Cather.ine. So the name has familial significance as well. As for spelling the name with a K, well, that was a bit of vanity on my part because that's my first initial too. :) Until Kati.e Be.th gets married, we will have the same initials. So we can share all of those cute monogrammed items!! Bwa ha ha ha!
It took a while to decide on which St. Eliz.abeth to pick. We finally settled on my patron, Elizabeth, the mother of St. John the Baptist. My parents gave me her as my patron after it took them a long time to become pregnant with me (funny how history repeats itself!). We know St. Elizabeth has prayed for us during our infertility journey, so it only seems right to honor her in this way.
Just a disclaimer: As Catholics, we ASK saints to pray for and guide us, but we do NOT worship them. :)
Kati.e Be.th's nickname just sort of happened. Some friends asked if it was due to our residing in the South. Nope; we have both liked some of the 2-name combinations (Mar.y Kat.e, M.ary Be.th, etc.). So there you have it. We look forward to someday telling our daughter the significance of her two names. It feels so surreal that a child will actually receive these names; for so long this has been a faraway dream.
By the way, heartburn has been my constant companion lately. I'm using it as a chance to pray for and offer it up for all of you still waiting....