Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Ina Mae's Name

Ina Mae is doing wonderfully.  She is already such a thinker.

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Unfortunately, she is still in the NICU, but got rid of that annoying CPAP and attempting to nurse!  

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(Dan mastering his first diaper change.)

Every time I try to feed her she just wants to cuddle.  Although I want her to eat, cuddling is just fine by me.

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I still am trying to wrap my head around everything that has happened in the last 36 hours, but I promise I will write about it soon.  Until then, a little story about Ina's name.  Please excuse the extra cheese - but expect more of the same until at least after Christmas.  


I am writing this post months before little miss gets here because I want everyone to know the significance behind her name.  However, I know there is no way I could write this and keep it together during my post-delivery hormone swing, so I thought I would do it now.  (As if the hormones during my 6th month of pregnancy are that much better. )

Ina Mae is named after my Grandma June.  

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Grandma's full name is Ina June, but she has always gone by June because she doesn't really like the name Ina.  I, however, love the name and remember when I discovered my grandmother's true identity as a kid.  

Now, I call her Ina as kind of a teasing sort of nickname, which is weird, because that is her actual name.

My Grandma June is the most amazing woman I have ever met.  She is my idol.  My life goal has always been to be a grandma, so I can be more like her.  If Ina Mae inherits even 10% of her kind generosity, sweet spirit,  determined courage, or mad cooking skills, I will be so proud.

Although my Grandma June is quite the amazing woman, Dan and I have been blessed with so many amazing women in our lives.  And although they aren't all named Ina, I feel like my grandma is a good representation of all of them combined.  

She is my mom in that they both have the ability to see the good in everyone.

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My Grandma Beverly in that they are so committed to family.

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Both Grandma June and Dan's mom appreciate the little things in life.

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She is like my Aunt Charmen because they both believe that just about everything in life is cause for celebration.  

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I see her in my sister when I watch how much of an amazing mother Jessie is and how much her kids love her.  

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She is like my friends because they like me, and don't even have to.  I think Grandma June and I would be friends, even if she wasn't my grandma.  

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My cousins, my teachers, my co-workers-the list goes on and on.  

So, even though we can't name our daughter after every woman we know, in a way we did.  

We hope that Ina Mae can soak in a little bit from each and every one of them.  

With a name like that, she has a lot to live up to and I can't wait to watch it all happen.  


  1. Beautiful story! And congratulations!!

  2. Congrats on your beautiful little girl. I will pray for her to get strong and be out of the NICU soon. I can relate to what you are going through. My little guy was born at 33 weeks and was in the NICU for 2 1/2 weeks. We got home in September with him. They are little fighters!

    I love her name and the story behind it! I bet your Grandma June is so proud!

  3. That was wonderful! So happy for the three of you!

  4. I think it's a beautiful name and a beautiful story. <3

    I hope you're both doing well!

  5. "And although they aren't all named Ina, I feel like my grandma is a good representation of all of them combined." = ADORE!

    Congratulations, Racheal!


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