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Blended Family Friday: Lily

Andrew and I went to the first annual Food Truck Festival in our local town, Fort Langley. It also happens to be where Andrew grew up, and where I was always drawn to on those dark rainy nights when I needed the comfort of something familiar. Fort Langley is known for its coffee shop slash bookstore on the corner of Glover road, a place where I could pacify five loves at once: coffee, reading, writing, avocado chicken wraps and Stella.

After we inhaled our donairs (Andrew ordered the extra beef and I had the falafel) we walked Callum down to the main park and let him run around with a bunch of full-bellied kids. At one point, this sweet little girl showed up in the play area. She had these bright blue eyes and light brown curls that framed her face in a way that invited a stare. Of course, Callum gravitated to her and captivated by her, obeyed her every command.

She must have been no more than one or two months older than him but to Callum, she was queen. She looked just like she would be an exact blend of both Andrew and my DNA. The brown hair, the full lips, the crystal blue eyes.

Her mom showed up on the scene and I had to tell her just how adorable her daughter was.

Thank you!” she said. And then? She called her, “Lily! Come down from there!

Andrew and I looked at each other, shocked. Lily had been our daughter’s name if Callum had been a girl! And then Lily’s mom called out her older brother’s name, “Ethan, five more minutes!”

We were like WHAT?! We’ve got an Ethan, and now this Lily, and we were just done. It felt like the universe was telling us something, and we weren’t even high.

Would we love to have another baby? Yes. A Lily? More than you even know. Should we? For Callum’s sake, it would be nice.

But, no.

Just, no.

It’s a nice story though, isn’t it?

Do you guys have baby names in mind already?

If you have a son, what was the name going to be if he had been a girl? And if you have a daughter, what was your boy name?


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  • Kristen October 8, 2015, 11:26 pm

    You’re a tease. I totally think you should have another baby. 😉
    Lily. A favourite name of mine. Unfortunately Greg & I cannot decide on a name for our little girl and we’ve only go 2 months left. Grr. If she had been a boy she would be our little Jack.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com October 9, 2015, 7:44 am

      Oh, Jack is a cute name! I like that one too. Maybe the ultrasound tech was wrong?!?! Ha! No. But you’ll figure out the perfect name for your sweet little girl and she will be perfect, and you’ll feel like you’ve known the name all along. You’ll just *know*.

  • Susie @ SuzLyfe October 9, 2015, 5:18 am

    If I hadn’t married an Alex, I would have named my child Alex. So now I have start over again.
    And I say just steal the kid.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com October 9, 2015, 7:45 am

      Well, what about Alex junior? 🙂 Stealing her probably wouldn’t have gone over very well but seriously, this kid was adorable. SO cute.

  • Megan @ Meg Go Run October 9, 2015, 5:36 am

    That is crazy!!!! So there’s absolutely no way you’d try for a Lily?

    My niece is 1 and one of my kindergarten students looks exactly like I think my niece will look like when she is 5. It is weird!

    Back when I thought I would have a kid, I wanted a daughter named Holiday! Holly for short. I like names that have songs to go along with them. 😉

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com October 9, 2015, 7:46 am

      K, so Holiday is such a great name. I have never heard that before! My name was going to be Holly if I was born in December but my mom made it to January, so Susan it is. Otherwise I would have been Holly Heather Hutchins!

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes October 9, 2015, 7:32 am

    I love the name Lily. One of my grandmothers was named Lilian and I’ve thought of naming a daughter that if we ever have one. I love old-timey German names like Magdalena, Adelaide, and Lilian.
    But it’s going to be a long time before Ryan and I have kids. Maybe we’ll have our own, maybe we’ll adopt, maybe we’ll be that couple with three furry little puppy children in tow.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com October 9, 2015, 7:52 am

      I love the strong names too. Jake, Frederick, Katie. Andrew and I liked the name Callum because it was just different enough for him, but it’s also a strong name from Britain, so we were both happy. I love having kids but there are definitely days where Andrew and I really look forward to being on our own in our matching tracksuits.

  • heather October 9, 2015, 8:18 am

    It definitely was a sign!!! I say go for it. I had three boys 🙁 I wanted girl her name was going to be Madeline. I love my boys so much. Have a great day

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com October 9, 2015, 8:23 am

      I love my boys too. Boys have such a way with my mama heart! Madeline is a cute name. <3

  • Jamie October 9, 2015, 8:18 am

    I am all about having baby names picked out, even though they’re very far off. I’m sure they might change but I’d love Bodie for a boy and Henley for a girl!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com October 9, 2015, 8:24 am

      Those baby names are perfect. They totally suit you, I can see it!

  • Heather@hungryforbalance October 9, 2015, 10:07 am

    That must have been so weird! We had Matilda’s picked out for a while, but if she had been a boy, we were going to name ‘him’ Benjamin. We have another boy and girl name picked out, but I don’t think we can/will be using them. Fertility troubles and such.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com October 9, 2015, 10:59 am

      The moment was surreal, for sure! I’m sorry to hear about the fertility struggles. That is not easy. I love the name Benjamin (that’s my nephew’s name!) and I adore Matilda. The name, and the girl. She’s such a cutie, and her mama ain’t bad either. 🙂

  • Nikki @ will run for pizza October 9, 2015, 12:06 pm

    I’ve had names picked out for YEARS! The ONLY girl name that Phil agreed with, was Jordan. I love boy names for girls. haha. For a boy, we have never agreed on even just ONE. He likes Sebastian Alexander (I like the Alexander), and I liked Liam.
    Lucky for us, we haven’t had to fight over it! LOL But IF it DOES ever happen (I have fertility issues…2 miscarries – 1 ectopic and a tube removed), we have been joking that it will happen at 40. The month his child support payments are over. LOL At this point though, I’m over the trying, and actually kind of completely changed my mind about having kids. And now whenever I mention how happy I am that we DON’T have kids, he is like, “weeeellll, maybe when we’re 40 and have our lives together more, we’ll want one then…and we aren’t pregnant, we’ll just adopt.” haha

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com October 9, 2015, 2:18 pm

      Ohhh you had an ectopic? OUCH. I haven’t actually known anyone to have one yet, I don’t think. And if you do decide to have babies when you’re forty, I know for a fact that you’re in good company! More and more women are having babies in their forties. It’s pretty cool!

  • Tammy October 9, 2015, 2:08 pm

    Just found your blog and LOVE IT! We agreed immediately on the girl name (Andrea, just turned 16) but we never agreed on the boy – I wanted Benjamin and he wanted Christopher. Told him that if the tech was wrong and it was a boy the one doing the pushing got to pick! 😉

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com October 9, 2015, 2:16 pm

      Oh, thanks Tammy! I like those names, and I like your take on the pushing power even more!

  • Kelly October 9, 2015, 4:53 pm

    If Taeya had been a boy, we would have had to argue over his name being Noah Grayson or Ezra Grayson (I did NOT like the name Ezra…). We actually had originally chosen her name to be Karis Olivia but then good friends named their daughter Karys only a couple months before Taeya was born 🙂
    Ezra…we had agreed on his name as a boy, but if he was a girl, we first had chosen Chloe Isabella, but last minute changed it to Adalia Jade. 🙂

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com October 9, 2015, 6:50 pm

      I love hearing all these names! This is so fun. Love it!

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets October 11, 2015, 8:35 am

    Since the tiny humans have never been part of the Hubby and I’s plan, we have no names. We have no parenting skills, wherewithal or anything of that nature. In fact, I’m not much of a kid person at all, and while I don’t mind playing with them, I adore giving them back to the parents when it’s all said and done.

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