Using our own smart brains and a book of names, we decided to do a bracket of sorts to narrow down names. Josh picked a group of names, boy and girl, and so did I.
Throughout the weeks, we would do 'matchups.' Names would move on because of the powers of persuasion, because of rankings, or because we both happened to like the same name so that name would get a bi to the next round.
Eventually we were left with 2 girls names (which I will not share...we may have girls in the future after all) and 2 boys names: Nolan and Judah. People have asked us many times where we got the names or how we decided so I thought I would share.
I need to start by saying that neither boy name are ones we had ever discussed in the past. They were both new choices.
Nolan as a name choice I think came as a surprise to both of us...
First, Nolan has NOTHING to do with Nolan Ryan or baseball what-so-ever (we've been asked that because of Josh being a baseball player). He came out of the book of names. As I was looking through it, Nolan was one a couple of top ten lists that made me flag that name. Nolan was on the top ten over-achiever names and also the top-ten CEO names. What a great name to come from two extremely determined and hardworking parents. I happened to say the name to Josh and he liked it too. Throughout the weeks, I knew it was growing on both of us as it continued to smash any competition. It fairly easily became our number one choice and our first boys' name.
Judah has quite a powerful story to his name....
When I was about ten weeks pregnant and scared out of my absolute mind at the thought of miscarrying again, Josh and I were visiting at my parents' house. I am sure we spent some of the time talking about how scared I was and how I didn't want to share with anyone about the pregnancy yet. I was not in a good place mentally. I literally wasn't even sleeping because of fear. My dad asked me to come downstairs with him to watch something he had DVRed that he thought I might benefit from hearing. He played me a talk from Joel Osteen called "Thank God in Advance."
To watch "Thank God in Advance" click here: http://www.itbn.org/index/detail/ec/NzbXIxNjqEdGWB9C9h1RMJmZ--GemmUg
The middle names ended up being fairly easy to choose.
Nolan's middle name, Gerard, is after the Patron Saint of motherhood, fertility, pregnancy, and miscarriage. My family and Josh's family have been saying prayers to that saint for the last three years for us to be blessed with a healthy pregnancy, birth, and children. Many of us have cards with a St. Gerard prayer on them in fact. We both felt these prayers were key to blessing us with two healthy baby boys.
Judah's middle name, Matthew, was my brother's middle name. There was no question we wanted to honor Eric somehow in our future children's names. I know he has been taking care of the two babies we lost and I know he had been watching over this pregnancy as well.