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  1. #1
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    An apology and an introduction

    **edited it, because I realized this is a super long post-- here's the bottom line:

    I want to introduce you to my little daughter who is sitting on my lap trying to pound the keyboard- her name is Lark. Lark what, you ask? Lark something something Jackson :) She doesn't have a full name yet, but for the details, you can read on. ***

    To start, please accept my sincere apologies for leaving you all hanging about my little nameless baby. I know I mentioned that I was ill after my delivery... shortly after my last post I got very ill. I don't really want to go into super details, except to say that I've spent two weeks in the hospital and had three surgeries. I'm going to be admitted to a specialty clinic next week.

    I asked DH to update the forums I visit, but he didn't think of this one. I'm sorry, you all were so much help and I can imagine how frustrating for me to disappear was.

    Now to the part you care about- her name. How to decide with DH eventually stopped being an issue. I was too sick in the hospital to even think about it. DH and DS named her Lark. They were thinking of me. They thought that was the name I would have chosen for her, and, while it isn't, I'm certainly fine living with it. Plus, DH said he had started to really love the name and it was DS's favorite of the day.

    We have been calling her Lark for the past three weeks. I know most of you cringe at Lark, and we've certainly gotten mixed reviews from people, but it is cute and happy and light for her-- and it is HER name, for that, I love it.

    I don't know if I told you originally, but it was only on our list because it seemed like a name she chose for herself, so that makes me happy.

    As an interesting thing-- DH decided he only wanted her to have one last name. I almost had a serious medical error happen because of my hypenated last name (I carry both of ours) and he didn't want her to ever have to be in that position. She has my last name. (Sounds like "Jackson") In part, to connect her to her older brother (that's his last name) and because DH and his family are not close, and my family is very close to us. I'm fine with this, as, honestly, personally having a hyphenated last name drives me nuts and I chose it for myself.

    For those of you who still want to talk names, she doesn't have a middle name yet. (Honestly, Lark could be her middle name, it is just the name we're going to call her) I don't have a deadline for her middle name. We have a name to call her now, so the pressure is down, although I would like her name to feel complete (and there is a lovely personalized baby doll I would like to order her for Christmas :( )

    Now that she only has one last name, I have decided to give her two middle names. After my surgeries, I won't be having any more children, so there are no more names to save, and something feels right about it to me- especially with calling her Lark.

    I would like one name to be a potential "normal" name for her to fall back on if Lark is difficult. The other, I would like to be a connection name- either connecting her to us emotionally or family connection. (I've mentioned before the family tradition of women on my side carrying a form of Mary)

    DH and I talked through our pool of potential middle names and restricted them down. He left the final choice to me. You may feel different, but I don't think Miriam works with Lark. Something about it just sounds very wrong to me (that's why the other forms of Mary)

    The pool of potential middles:

    Juliet (beautiful, no connection, my favorite)
    Miriam (form of Mary)
    Beth (strong family connection- my father's deceased twin sister)
    Marybeth (both Mary and Beth :)
    Maryweld (a form of Mary that was suggested on this forum that I adore if it really does mean "Mary of the woods", as we live in the woods and Lark is the happiest baby outside in the woods... however, I'm having trouble finding a reliable source saying it really means that- does anyone know more history?)
    Aster (strong emotional connector)
    Nora (family connection, after my gm Norma)

    Although you all are the master name suggesters, the only suggestions I would like are how to arrange those names with Lark or another form of Beth that might fit better with Lark (although, I think I've been through all of them... :P)

    If you want to help, I'd LOVE the input. I'll try to not disappear again (DH knows now to update this forum if something happens). If not, I totally understand and please accept my sincere thanks for all your help and suggestions along the way.

    Otherwise, I promise, when I make the decision, I'll let you know about my little Lark's full name.

    My favorites right now are:
    Lark Juliet Maryweld Jackson
    and
    Lark Juliet Aster Jackson
    or
    Nora Lark Maryweld Jackson

    Best to you all. Thank you for thinking of me, as I see previous posts about where I've gone. It means a lot. My life has been put in perspective over the last month, and I am grateful for your caring and understanding, and, above all, help about this decision... honestly, in terms of what I have been facing, it seems like no big deal what she is called. She is here, alive and healthy, and that's all that really matters to me.

  2. #3
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    Re: An apology and an introduction

    babygrey, so glad to hear from you but I'm sorry for your health troubles. It is nice to know what to call baby Lark and of course I'm happy to hear that she is doing well.

    I think Lark is a very nice fit for you and your family. - I love how you said she named herself this! As for middles, here are my thoughts:

    Lark Juliet Maryweld Jackson - I love this if Maryweld has the 'mary of the woods' meaning (although it is a mouthful :) - this is a perfect balance of familial ties and personal meaning to you and it is just a lovely name
    Lark Juliet Aster Jackson - although I like this combination, you have lost the Mary connection. I would rather see Lark Miriam Aster Jackson or Lark Juliet Miriam Jackson
    Nora Lark Maryweld Jackson - I love the name Nora but it doesn't seem as signficant to either family or you and DH (I might be wrong about that but I don't remember seeing Nora on your lists before). What about Thea Lark Maryweld Jackson?
    I'd also like to suggest Lark Marybeth Jackson - Marybeth honors Beth and your tradition of Mary names, could be used as a first name if she ever prefers, and does make the name shorter! (although this is less of a concern without the hyphenated last name).

    Of your favorites, I love Lark Juliet Maryweld Jackson

    Good luck!

  3. #5
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    Re: An apology and an introduction

    Good to hear from you! I am so sorry that you have been so ill, and I really hope that you will get better soon. Please take care of yourself. I will be thinking of you.

    Lark is a gorgeous name! And I remember how much you loved Aster, so I think you should definitely use Aster as one of her mn.

    Lark Miriam Aster
    Lark Juliet Aster
    Lark Maryweld Aster
    Lark Marybeth Aster

    Please do keep us posted, but I'm sure we'll all understand if we don't hear from you for a while.
    Good luck and get well!

  4. #7
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    Re: An apology and an introduction

    Personally I would go with Lark Marybeth Aster.
    Lark and Aster seem to fit so well for me somehow. And Marybeth is normal enough for her to fall back on (and she could just use the mary or beth parts).
    And it's also kind of like giving her 4 names.

  5. #9
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    Re: An apology and an introduction

    Quote Originally Posted by rkarczynski
    Good to hear from you! I am so sorry that you have been so ill, and I really hope that you will get better soon. Please take care of yourself. I will be thinking of you.

    Lark is a gorgeous name! And I remember how much you loved Aster, so I think you should definitely use Aster as one of her mn.

    Lark Miriam Aster
    Lark Juliet Aster
    Lark Maryweld Aster
    Lark Marybeth Aster

    Please do keep us posted, but I'm sure we'll all understand if we don't hear from you for a while.
    Good luck and get well!
    Oh I wanted to say also that I wouldn't go with Lark Aster ______ b/c as I started typing it out, I noticed it looked a lot like Lancaster, but with a K.

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