Friday, April 1, 2011

Naming Blythe

I have had several people ask me how I came up with the name "Blythe" for our youngest daughter. So I thought I would write it down and share it with you.
The decision process didn't really start until after our 19 week ultrasound when we found out we were having a girl.
In truth it took a long time until I came up with any names at all.

I began by narrowing down to letters. We decided that each of us had our own letter so far J,K,D,A,W,E so we would do the same again.

I think I actually began looking at meanings of names that I liked after going through lists and lists of random names.

Blythe is Old English meaning "happy, cheerful, joyous". Literally translated it means "bliss". Pairing this with "Melody" seemed like a sweet combination. This was the first name we came up with and ended up liking it the best.

There is another part that I will share, though.

In January we took one of our cats, Doug (our only 'boy' cat) to the vet because he did not seem well. He never put on his winter weight over the fall and for the past few weeks he had stopped eating the crunchy kibbles. My hubby was nice enough to go and buy the canned food which he just gobbled up.
Anyway, the news from the vet was not good. Our 4 year old cat had a tumor on one of his kidneys. After bringing him home he was not the same and went downhill very fast.
It was so tremendously heart-wrenching having to explain to the children about Doug.
Even though I had steeled myself for the bad news it was so hard to tell the kids, especially Dane. The two of them seemed to have a special bond. Doug would sleep on Dane's bed and would 'tuck' Dane in each night.
Little more than a week later Doug passed away. Again it was extremely difficult for all of us and I took it very hard.
I did have some comfort though. That was January 21st. That morning I had read in my Joyce Meyer daily devotional this verse:

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. - Psalm 30:5 The Message.
you can find it here

We were definitely going through the weeping (other versions say sorrow) but we knew that our beautiful baby girl was on her way and would be joining our family on the 'outside' very soon.

The "joy" coming in the morning really solidified my decision to call her Blythe "joyous".

So on February 18th (after much waiting being 10 days past her due date) at 8:12 in the morning our Blythe Melody (Joyous Melody) arrived! How fitting to us that she arrived in the morning making our joy complete.

Some of my relatives don't seem to like the name but we're really not surprised or bothered by that fact. Actually it's kind of funny the conversations I've had ;)

We love Blythe and we love her name and if you do too I think that's grand!