Sunday, April 21, 2013

And Baby Has A Name.

 My Dad, walking into his surprise party.

My Dad's retirement party was a couple of weekends ago. It was a small, surprise brunch, and he had absolutely no idea we had gathered all of our family and a couple close friends in one place. My Dad was born and raised in South America, has lived all over the world from New York City to Seoul, Korea, and has one of the most interesting stories of anyone I've ever met. And although his adventures are far from over, his working-life story just ended as he retired from his career as a federal agent last month. And if you know my Dad, you know he may have a sometimes stoic exterior, but is truly the biggest softie beneath it all. So you can bet that whenever our family gets a chance to see him happily surprised or showing some extra emotion, we soak it up.

And during his brunch, Hank and I thought it would be fun to tell him the news that the little baby who is due to arrive this August, would be taking his name as a middle name.

"Dad, we have something to tell you."

My Dad of course looked worried, as most Dads of daughters would look when they start a conversation this way, but relaxed a bit as I said to Henry, "Tell Pop-Pop, Henry!"

And Henry said, "Okay Poppy. My baby brother's name is..."

After he said the name my Dad's face crumpled up and tears jumped into the corners of his eyes.

"Really? Are you sure?"

"Yes Dad, we're sure."

"Really? His middle name will be Stephen? And with a 'ph' too?" (His name is often mistakenly spelled Steven).

And then we all started crying.


I can't imagine giving my son a better middle name. A name that stands for strength and determination, for generosity and true, unconditional love. And a first name we've loved forever, a happy name that makes us grin as soon as we hear it, a name that has a meaning yet to be determined, until we meet the little guy behind it.

This August when Charles Stephen comes into the world, it'll be pretty amazing for him to meet the man he's named after too.

See you soon, Charlie! We already love you so much.


60 comments:

  1. Oh my, Dani! Such a sweet, special name that carries so much love. I am so happy for you & your family!

    Also, I bought that dress recently (waiting for it to arrive) and seeing how cute it is wrapped around your bump makes me that much more excited to get it.

    I can't wait to see the face of Mr. Charlie!

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  2. I love the name Charlie! Charlie and Henry. So adorable!

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  3. Nice to read such about a touching, beautiful moment in your family's life. It made me tear up. Thanks for sharing, I always loved the name Charlie and Stephen. Congrats again on your soon to be new addition!

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  4. This is so unbelievably sweet and adorable. I love the name Charles. What a special name! I am so excited for you guys. So happy for you!

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  5. I love his name, and I love your Dad's reaction. How special!
    We are still waffling on this baby's name and we are down to less than 8 weeks left. Arghh! I love that you can call him Charlie when you talk to him. I would like to get to that place soon!

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  6. I'm literally in tears! So so sweet!!

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  7. LOVE THESE NAMES! My two boys are Charlie (4) and Henry (2). You have excellent taste in names! ;)

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  8. My sons middle name is Stephen (with a ph) after my father too :) Great name.

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  9. So sweet! I know you've had your boy name saved up for forever, and I'm happy that you can finally put it out there! I always worry that too with future children if someone will name their child the same thing before I have the chance. ha!

    My husband is Stephen with a ph, and I love that spelling best :)

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  10. That's so funny! I know a Henry/Charlie brother combo! Very nice name!

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  11. I love his name! Charles (Charlie) was on my list if we were having a boy this time around. I love how you told your Dad that his second grandson would would have his name as the middle name. :)

    Great name choice! :)

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  12. So sweet...we used family names for our twins and our parents were so touched. It really is a special thing. Congrats, and love the name!

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  13. I really love your traditional names. My girls are Gwen, Bella, Anna and Margo, so pretty traditional. But, for a boy I always thought I'd do something ultra tradition, like George. I love old man names on little men :)

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  14. What a great name! My Dad was a Charles and we used it as a middle name and I really wanted to call him Charlie but we ended up using a different name. I like your choice. Congrats!

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  15. What a wonderful name and a great story. Thank you for sharing!

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  16. Aww congratulations! How perfect is that? :)


    Dani Rose
    Sincerely, Dani Rose

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  17. what a darling story & great way to name your new little dude! love it.

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  18. Oooooh! I love that name!!!!! We have so many Charlie's in our family, all named after great men!!! (I desperately wanted to call my son Charlie, but unfortunately darling hubby had a bad experience with one Charlie and vetoed the name!)

    Gorgeous!! Love your dad's reaction too!!! So Lovely xxx

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  19. I love that. I love all of it, especially that it brought tears to his eyes. So special!
    p.s. My husband's name is Stephen. We've lost count how many times he's either been called Stephanie (!) or his name has been misspelled with a 'v' : )
    p.s.s. My babies call my dad PopPop too : ) Love that.

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  20. This is such a lovely post, I'm so excited for you! I love meaningful names, my family is big on them.
    My brother is Leyton David after our Grandad. My other brother is Hudson Taylor after the first missionary to China and I am Claire Helen, after my mum's sister who died in a car accident when she was 23.
    I love that our names all represent something, that we carry on the legacy of those who came before us. It's so special.

    www.clairehelens.blogspot.com.au

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  21. Stephen is a great name! It has some meaning to me as well. When I was about 6, I found out that my grandpa did not have a middle name. I could not understand why his mom never gave him a middle name! The rest of the family had middles names. So, I decided to give my grandpa a middle name for Christmas that year when I was 6. I decided on Stephen. I wrote his new middle name on a card and wrapped it up. On Christmas, I was so very proud to give him his new middle name. When he opened the gift up, he was confused. My mom explained what I had been planning and grandpa was very touched :) To this day (I'm 30), my grandpa still uses the name ^_^

    Congrats! Charlie Stephen is a fantastic name. Just lovely :)

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  22. it is very weird to me to read that he is from "south america" and skip calling the exact country he comes from, as i am uruguayan i just felt curious about what part of south america are you thinking of when you say that, it's just SO big! I dunno, found this strange!

    congrats for your baby boy coming!

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    1. Thank you! :) He actually literally grew up all over South America but was born in Bolivia.

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  23. How spectacular!! What an adorable and classic name, and that's so sweet about your dad, so touching. I've been reading this blog for almost 3 years, and it's been so great watching your little family evolve and grow. Congratulations, and as an avid reader, I'm (not creepily) excited to read about the upcoming moments you choose to share :))

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  24. As a name nutter, I'm totally nerding out about not having to wait until August to know what you guys chose. :p It's adorable and so suitable for a baby, child, teen, adult. Love it a lot! Charlie and Henry go SO well together, too. I bet you and Hank have an awesome girl name picked out, too (maybe one day we will get to hear what it is!).

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  25. Your dad was a federal agent? That's so badass!

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  27. I have to say, this story made me a little teary. So sweet! And I love the name! The perfect mix of traditional and modern!

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  28. That's so sweet. Love the name you picked and giving him your dad's name as a middle name is a wonderful idea.

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  29. how cool you already know the name. we are still in doubt. :)
    http://www.mamajulesbrussels.blogspot.com

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  30. Cute! My dad & brother both have the middle name Stephen, with the 'ph', a great name x

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  31. How sweet!! I am a big believe in keeping family names going, and having a name of someone as amazing as your Dad sounds is wonderful!!

    chloe
    www.bythelock.com

    ps. i love your dress

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  32. How sweet! I got teary-eyed reading this :)

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  33. Aww that is so lovely. Sounds just like my dad, we gave my son my dad's name too.

    Bonnie Rose | a Compass Rose

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  34. That´s so sweet and how nice to see him so happy about it! :-)

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  35. Aw! I named my daughter a slight twist on my maiden name, and my dad totally had that teary-eyed look when he found out in the delivery room. Such a great reaction to get from our dads!

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  36. so sweet! my son is named after my husband, his father and his father (william bradford the fourth is mine!). it's so sweet to have that long a line of william bradfords. but next baby, i get to choose! ha!

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  37. that is so so so so so so sweeeeeeet :')

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  38. this gave me goosebumps!!
    so excited for your little family.
    xo

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  39. That's so sweet. I love men like you describe your father to be. My grandfather is the same way. I love the idea of sharing a name of somebody who is so important to you. That's very special.


    also- I ran across your monthly favorites page, and wanted you to know that I love the idea, and you inspired me to do a version of that on my blog. I just wanted you to know that I credited and linked yours in my first post. :) Thanks for your updates! You're always so sweet and inspiring.

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  40. Such a perfect name with such a special meaning. So happy for you, Dani!
    :)

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  41. Yay for Charlie! Hoping for a safe and uneventful delivery!

    Can you share where your flower dress is from? I'm dying over it!

    Thanks!

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  42. love the baby's name - and especially love this precious story. :)
    that picture with you, your dress and the chalkboard is so darling.

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  43. Henry and Charlie are our boy names (we are having a girl this go 'round though!) :) I think they are phenomenal choices - and I love this sweet story! Nothing better than that sweet father/daughter relationship!

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  44. Henry and Charlie are both great names. And what a way to honor your father =)

    xo,

    Katie

    hellolittlebean.com

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  45. How sweet! My husband's name is Stephen and everyone spells it with a "v", too. I think that makes the "ph" spelling a little more special. :)

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  46. too sweet - i bet your dad is a proud papa. =)love to hear his story sometime, sounds very interesting. and a federal agent? thats awesome!

    xx
    trisha
    veranellies.blogspot.com

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  47. Love the name, but I may be biased: my little guy is also a Charlie! And his middle name is my dad's middle name: Findlay. I likw the idea of honouring family members by using middle names :) It's a lovely tradition.

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  48. Charlie is a cute name :) Congrats all over again!

    xo Ashley
    thetiniestfirecracker.com

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  49. Lovely story, wonderful name! I have a Charlotte so I'm kinda partial. :) Your dad sounds like an adorable man, so touched by your gesture.

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  50. charlie is a fabulous name. and it makes me think of the song by one of my favorite bands, the milk carton kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0CCjLUYWAk

    congrats and yay!

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  51. My dad's name is Stephen Charles. Small world!! What a cute way to announce the name to your father.

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  52. Ahh!! I'm so excited for you. Love this. Charles is my dad's name. It's a great name :) - and Charlie and Henry sound beautiful together.

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  53. Love this. I also gave my son my father's name as his middle name (John).

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  54. Now all you need is a William & you will have the Royal Fam! Love the name but I am so bias my sons name is Charles Davis Wilson the Fifth! Congratulations on your ever growing family!

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