Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Avery Jane

(Thanks aunt Lorin for my pretty blanket!)

Today sweet baby girl you are five days old, and today we gave you a name, Avery Jane Wilson. I thought you might want to know how and why we chose the name we did. To say that today is the day we decided on your name is not entirely true. Dad and I had talked about names for you quite a bit before you born and we felt like we wanted to meet you first before we could tackle the job of giving you the name you would have for your whole life. And so when you were born and the doctor handed you to me and you looked up at me so quiet and calm with your bright little eyes, a little whisper in my heart said, “Avery” and I knew that was your name, but I kept it to myself. Later when dad was holding you he said, “She is Avery, I think that’s her name.” But I didn’t tell him that I thought it was your name too. I said I wasn’t sure yet, that I needed more time to decide because it was after all, a very important decision--which was partly true.

But the real truth is that after having you be a piece of me, and with me these 39 weeks while you were growing in my belly, I wasn’t ready for you to be your own little person with your own little name yet. Because up until now, you have just been our baby girl, and I wasn’t ready to share you with the world. And so I stole these five days to get to know you better, and to get used to not having you there with me all of the time safe in my tummy, and to keep you just our baby girl a little while longer.

When everyone else met you they anxiously asked what your name was. You are surrounded by so much love. All of your Grandma’s and Grandpa’s and aunts and uncles and cousins and friends were looking to get to know another little piece about you—they were so excited for you to finally be here. But they were patient while we didn’t tell them, happy just to have you here and safe.

A few weeks before you were born, dad and I went out to eat. It was noisy and crowded and my feet were so swollen, but we thought we would go out on the town, because we knew it might be a little while till we had a chance to do that again. As we sat and ate our food, we chatted about names we liked for you. Up until this night I don’t think we agreed on a single one. I would say, “How about Margaret? And Dad would say, “Hmm.” And he would say, “I like Camille”, and I would say, “Yeah, that’s a cute name”. And then Dad said, “What about Avery?” and I stopped and thought, “Avery…that is so pretty”, and was surprised because it was the first time we had really agreed on a name we liked, and the odd thing was that it wasn’t a name I’d ever really heard much or considered. But that night, and for the next few weeks, I couldn’t stop thinking about that name.

So after you were born and we brought you home, we got out the baby name book and poured over its pages looking at names and their meanings. The problem was, you were this perfect little soul, and no name could capture that. None were good enough. We needed a name that meant “Beautiful, light, magical, joyful, brilliant, gentle, peaceful, musical, lovely, content, perfect, gift”, but there was none. And so our sweet Avery, we decided that to us your name would mean all these things. And last night it was settled. And I told dad, who had never wavered in knowing your name, that he was right, and that I’d known it all along. And I spent one more night just cuddling you as our baby girl only, and crying a little bit knowing that today we would share you with the world. And I felt peaceful.

We picked your middle name, Jane, because it is strong and pretty and feminine, and throughout history there have been many talented and wonderful women, including your aunt, who bear that name, and we think that it suits you beautifully.

So Avery Jane, we give you this name and hope you like it as much as we do. And although we know you are your own little person with your own little name, you will always, always be our sweet baby girl.

We love you so much,
Mama and Dad



  1. Oh it's perfect...Avery Jane!! That's so great that both you and Trav knew from the get-go.

  2. AND I absolutely love the video. I just wanna reach out and give her kisses...

  3. Danielle, she is soooo beautiful. And I love the name. Jane is my Eliza's middle name too. I love it. She really is a beauty. Congrats, and love with your new little one.

  4. Avery is a beautiful name. I love the video, new babies are just so precious.

  5. Avery Jane, what a sweet name! We're particulary in love with the Jane part since that is also Stella's middle name! She is beautiful, I'm so happy for you!

  6. Danielle, that is so sweet. And I love the name Avery. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing her with us all. :-)

  7. Avery is such a beautiful name! Unique, but easily pronounceable and spell-able. She is such a cute baby. I hope everything is just peachy with your new little family.

  8. What a sweet little story about how Avery got her name! It almost made me teary as I read it. How precious. And I think it fits her wonderfully. Congrats again!

  9. Welcome to the world, Sweet Avery Jane!
    Oh, Danielle I'm just gushing with sentiment and love for her. She is just perfect...she melts my heart. I can only imagine what she does to your heart! Well, I can imagine. I have my own and know that magical feeling so well. I love her already and felt like I really got a chance to meet her with that video. Thank you for sharing her with me.

  10. I can't stop crying. Thank you so much for sharing. There is nothing like that in the world. Those feeling are so tender and truly unexplainable. I love the name and she will too. Because she will know that you truly wanted to find the perfect name for her. eat up these moments!!!!!

  11. This is a lovely post. What a lucky girl to have a mother like you.

  12. i think she looks like e.t. in that first picture and i love it! i have the cutest niece ever, way to go.

  13. Hi Danielle, Travis, and Avery,

    Congratulations on your beautiful little girl! We are so happy for you.

    Randy, Staci, and the boys

  14. I LOVE the name. We're considering Jane (or Kate--we just love those Wilsons!) but I completely agree--it is a big decision. See you on Thursday! Al


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