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What´s in a name?

2 Aug

My name marked me deeply. When I was about 13 my mom gave the book after whose main character she named me. The character was a nice, brave young woman who adored children. It’s tough to say if I would have wound up as a devoted summer camp counselor, youth group leader and later elementary school teacher if I hadn’t decided that since I had been named after that specific character I had to be exactly like her. So even before I found out I was pregnant I knew my daughter’s name couldn’t just be a name we liked.

 

When we found out I was pregnant Devoted Daddy and I started looking for a girl’s name since according to family tradition if we had a boy he would be named after my father in law.  At first we thought about Mary Anne since Devoted Daddy was buying tickets online to a Leonard Cohen concert when the little blue line appeared. But Mary Anne was a complex, confusing name for a Mexican girl and we didn’t particularly like either Mary or Anne as stand alone names. I also flirted with Paulina (Pauline in Spanish) but the name sounding nice was just no enough. Finally one day while having one of our wonderful midnight chats we started thinking about songs we liked that actually mentioned names: Julia… (Nah song too sad), Yolanda (yucky name), Suzanne (inMexico? No way! Eleanor (for a 40 year old woman maybe … ) Lucy…

 

Lucy sounded lovely, the song full of beautiful, happy images…We slept on it and by the next morning we eagerly turned on the computer to Google its meaning: light. Lovely. Prefect. I also read a blog entry about boho parents choosing vintage names like Lucy and loved the idea of my daughter having a vintage name. We also thought about possible nicknames: Lu sounded really cute (I have an issue with nickname since my name doesn’t really have one which in a nickname loving culture like Mexico is a huge pain)  Then we thought we could give her a Hebrew name that had the same meaning and even started with the same letter. Liora. Perfect. And so it was settled: our baby girl would be named Lucy.

Over this 20 months Lucy has been called Lu, Lula, Lulita, Lucita, Lucecita, Lucre, Lucrecia, Lulabian, Lulita, Lulián, Yuyi, Lulu, plus ten thousand other unrelated nicknames courtesy of Devoted Daddy´s worship of  playing around with words. And Lucy’s name fits her perfectly: like the song she is beautiful, happy, colorful and especially full of light. Our little girl has this marvelous quality which shines trough: like her name she lights any room she walks into with the happy smile that reaches her eyes and makes them sparkle and the honest, friendly “hola!” she gives away so freely, with the deep belly laughs and the contagious excitement with which she lives every single second.

 

Oh and for all of those who insist we named our daughter after LSD here is John Lennon and Paul McCartney explaining why that just isn’t so: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sI4rhDnrqHg

 

(Please be sure to tell my 15 year old daughter that when the time comes)

We have a toddler!

19 Jul

Dear Lu,

I think I’ve started a couple of posts stating that you are at my favorite age, but hey, I didn’t don’t know what’s it like to have a 20 month old until you turned 20 months right? The thing is that you rule and after a crazy, crazy teacher mommy school year I’m back to blogging so that I can tell you all about it:

You are a happy, funny, bright, spirited, delight of a toddler. You’re beautiful with your curly hair, tiny nose and bright, long lashed eyes but the thing that stands out the most is your chatterboxy, sparkling personality. You talk nonstop in really amazing, complicated, third person phrases, which sometimes include questions and answers “Lu quiere cenar? Sí, Lu quiere cenar patita? (Lu wants dinner? Yes, Lu wants pasta for dinner)”

Isn´t she lovely?

You are truly your daddy’s daughter: you love books and music. You know your favorite books by heart and demand to sit on my lap and read “Trucas”. Music is a big part of our lives: your daddy plays the guitar and the cello and you firmly state that you (Lucy toca piano) play the piano. You know the words to lots of songs in Spanish and in English (you’re rendition of Twinkle; Twinkle is fantastic considering the only words you know in English are “hello” and the numbers from 1 to 10). You especially love the HI5 theme song, BINGO, Skip to my Loo and all the Trepsi and Musi songs. You also know the names of lots of instruments and yell “Lenny!” whenever you see a conductor on TV (because of Leonard Bernstein, of course) and love imitating you older cousin Phia when she dances ballet.

You are incredibly independent and  can play by yourself for hours: the Little People play sets, your play dishes as well as every stuffed animal and doll you own are particular favorites. You really like other kids and happily say “Hola!” to everyone. You adore your cousin Sophia and
scream like a teenager in a rock concert every time you see her. You can also name your friends from school, swimming and music.

Phia and Lu BFF

You love to laugh and find certain words hilarious: cupo (fit), eco, macarron, fuff, muela (molar). You hear us say the word and start laughing like crazy, then you say the word out
loud and start laughing all over again. You also love tickles and visits from the mommy tickle monster.

You are incredibly clever! A couple of days ago you wanted to color on my bed and I reminded you that “we only color on top of a table while seating on a chair” so you calmly turned around and came back into my room carrying one of your plastic chairs, which you placed by my dresser and started to color because mommy said you needed a table and chair. You also have an incredible memory: not only do you know all of your books by heart but you also know the names of every single member of our extended family and delight us all by enthusiastically
greeting them by name.

Lulita mi amor, we adore you and love the wonderful adventure that means being your
parents,

Love always and forever

Mamita y papi

Devoted Daddy

28 May

Devoted daddy has been away all week and we really, really miss him.  

Lu misses waking her early morning playmate using face slaps and bead grabbing. She misses falling asleep to a beautiful, soothing voice. She says playing shake the rattle with mommy is quite boring and flatly refuses to give Eskimo kisses to anyone that´s not her daddy.

And mommy misses sharing “tortas” and the highlights of the day while analyzing Lu´s every bowel movement and babble with someone who also finds it absolutely fascinating , she also misses having a Prince Charming gently reminding her that the clothes have been in the cleaners for a month. She misses going to sleep and waking up to the reassuring sound of heavy breathing, warm feet. She misses the soft hello and goodbye pecks and having someone sleepily  reply to her late night, meaning of life babbles. 

Devoted Daddy Lu and I want you to know that we love:

 -Your wonderful sense of humor, your honesty, loyalty, integrity and humanity,  your beautiful eyes and eyelashes (thanks for the genes daddy),  your steadiness, your huge passion for life and art, your patience with us silly girls, your discipline, your loving, kind, sweet nature…

We are very, very proud of you  and can´t wait to lie in the beach (eat sand) and listen to all of your adventures with the conquerors.

4 months ago…

12 Mar

Exactly four months ago…

I was laying in a hospital bed anxiously waiting to get to hold you for the first time (after the c-section I got to kiss you perfect round hair and say a soft “Hola mi amor” before you spent your first night dozing in the hospital nursery) The nurse placed a pink, soft bundle in my arms and as I looked at your face I was overwhelmed with amazement, I couldn´t believe that your daddy and I had somehow made that perfect tiny nose, those dark pink lips (that look like you´re wearing lip liner), those tiny but incredibly long fingers.

The world was completely new to you and even though we had been experiencing it for 30 years or so we left the hospital feeling like newborns ourselves. You gave a whole new meaning to love, fear, wonder and happiness.

Today you are slowly discovering, understanding and delighting in the world around you, taking us along for the journey. Every day is an adventure where you get to discover something new about the world and we get to know something new about us.

At 4 months you love lying in soft blankets underneath the trees and those silly 5 pesos honey pacifiers dipped in water. You are always seeing, touching and tasting the world (hands, toys, daddy´s beard, mommy´s watch) and you have a special smile that peeks through your pacifier when you wake up from your nap. You find new things really funny (which means we are forever making up new voices, faces and dances) Your favorite song is Day-O by Harry Belafonte and your favorite time of the day is diaper change. Your daddy´s beardy kisses make you laugh out loud again and again. You don´t particularly like getting dressed after your bath, especially if you are wearing long sleeved onesies and you hate your car seat if you are sleepy. You move around like crazy when you sleep and we still have to swaddle or your hands knock out your pacifier or hit your face and wake you. You love how the world looks when you are sitting up (you even sit up by yourself)

It constantly amazes us how many emotions your face is capable of expressing. W e can tell just by looking at your beautiful face when you are delighted, amused, bored, excited, surprised, angry or furious. You are also learning to use your voice and grunt when you´re angry, give out happy yelps when something new surprises you and noisily complain when you need our attention.

 

As cliché as it may sound you´ve given the word love a whole new meaning! We are thrilled to be your parents and can´t wait to discover the world together. Happy birthday Lulita love!

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