The Sugar Doll Award came with a requirement: a list of ten things you may or may not know about me. I thought I’d turn this into a writing assignment for myself. So, over the next ten days, I will share something about myself.
To start this ten-day series, I thought I’d unveil the name of my youngest child: Manly. This little guy has been the heart of all my posts of late. (He is doing much better, by the way. )
When I was expecting Manly, B and I argued over boys names for months. We finally concluded we would narrow our list to 3 names and choose his name when we first met him.
A month or so later, I was exhausted from a month straight of pre-term labor contractions at night. My body ached. My spirit was listless. I was wanting this pregnancy to end, but not wanting my little guy to come early. I asked B for a Priesthood blessing. In the middle of the blessing, B had an impression for what to name our baby. After he was done, he told me. I listened, thought, and agreed. The name was not what I expected, nor was it necessarily what I wanted. But, it felt right. That was enough for both of us.
We looked up the name on the internet and found its meaning to be “man, warrior” and “manly.” We laughed and decided “manly” would become his nickname on-line.
Are you intrigued by these hints? Let me lure you further along.
In the Christian tradition, this name belonged to one of the first followers of Christ. And, for all you art connoisseurs, this person has been the focus of many religious paintings. One of my favorites was painted by the talented hand of Caravaggio*.
Still don’t know? Well, the name of this painting is The Calling of Saints Peter and Andrew.
Okay, okay, enough suspense. His name is Andrew. He is my little guy.
He has grown from a 6 lb. 8 oz. little thing
to a 14 lb. 4 oz. chunk.
I wasn’t very excited about having a little boy. I just didn’t know what to do with a boy.
Now? He has my heart. I love his chubby cheeks, his lopsided grin, and his blue eyes. I also love how he clings to me.
He is a Momma’s boy.
*Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.