20 November 2008

It's an Emmeliese

Back when I was pregnant with Annalivia, Dennis and I talked a lot about names. We had another name chosen for Annalivia before I became pregnant with her, but it just wasn't right. Eventually, we found Annalivia and we both knew it was right when we heard it.

We also knew that our second daughter was going to be named Emmeliese. Emmeliese Elizabeth, to be exact. And from before the time that her elder sister was born, Emmeliese seemed very real to me. It was as though she was just out there waiting to come to us.

In fact, Emmeliese was so real to me that when I got pregnant for the second time, I was almost positive that it her. When the ultrasound tech said that we had a little boy, I was downright shocked. I thought for sure that he was Emmeliese. It took me a while to adjust to the idea of Daniel being Daniel. (This is yet another one of the reasons that we will always find out the gender of our babies, if possible. Knowing who is in there is a big, big deal to me.) Of course, now that he is here, I can't imagine our family without him. He has completed another piece of our family that couldn't be filled in any other way. And I am continually thankful that he is mine.

All of that being said, though, the sense that Emmeliese was out there has not gone away. Several times over the last few years I have dreamed about her. About two or three weeks before I became pregnant with this baby, I dreamed about Emmeliese again. I dreamed that I was calling out her name over and over again. And when I woke up I told Dennis I felt like I was calling her to me. And when, a few weeks later, I found out I was pregnant and Annalivia immediately insisted that she had a baby sister, I felt hopeful that Emmeliese had finally decided to come to us.

But I had been wrong before. After all, I thought Annalivia was a James and Daniel was Emmeliese. So on Monday, when we had an ultrasound, I was prepared to be excited if this baby ended up being a William or Peter or John or whatever.
But -- it's not! It's her! She's actually here with us and we are sooooo excited to finally get to meet our little Emmeliese Elizabeth, if even in utero! Her big sister is particularly thrilled. When the ultrasound tech told her the baby was a girl she started jumping up and down and clapping. And when I asked her what she thought Emmeliese would look like, Annalivia said, "She'll be wearing a beautiful, long dress..." And Daniel has his own song for her, "Baby Liese, Liese, Liese".

Obviously, Emmeliese is already treasured in our family. Today I had another ultrasound. It was really neat to see her little face and her legs and arms. I keep thinking of Psalm 139, " For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made." She is indeed fearfully and wonderfully made and she is just beautiful already.

We are soooo grateful, thankful, and very excited about what is to come!
Hooray! It's an Emmeliese!


Sarah S-D said...

what a pretty name! congratulations! and alleluia! soon i will know whether it is a caroline grace or a stephen charles...

Molly Aley said...

OOOOOooooh, how sweet!!!

April said...

Thank you. Sarah, those are beautiful names. The time is so close... how exciting!!

Tonya said...

YAY!!!:). Congratulations! Lyra is insisting that our baby is a girl too. We'll see. My track record in the girl department is a little lacking...LOL!:):):)

LOVE the hats, BTW.

April said...

Tonya... Maybe it's that the first four are boys and the next four will be girls!

(I'm smiling now as I think of 8 children for you and remember the list of Landon's pregnancy symptoms.) :)

Holly said...

Yay! What a beautiful name! :) Can't wait to meet her, as well.

Anonymous said...

Glad news!! Thanks for sharing this with us, April!

Valerie :)

Andrea said...

Congratulations on a little girl!

Javadawn said...

April, THAT is a beautiful name. I am absolutely delighted for you all!

I can even see her with her long dress on :) sitting by the fire reading some British lit of some kind.... :)

Rejoicing with you ~