So our top two girl contenders had always been [name_f]Phoebe[/name_f] [name_f]Joy[/name_f] and [name_u]Promise[/name_u] [name_f]Ruth[/name_f]. I went into active labor late on the 10th. We rushed to the hospital as my contractions literally seemed to jump 0-60. I blame nursing my toddler for pushing me there. But similar to my previous two labors when baby decided they wanted out they meant it. So like the other two times I was rushed up via wheel chair, skipped triage, told baby was still head down- so a vbac attempt was possible , I arrived at 4cm but was told I was progressing fast so they rushed to get my desired epidural in. At 4:30am the next day I was told I was finally 10cm and able to start pushing. At 4:56 my husband announced…. “It’s a boy!”
Yep! I said it! And hubby said I physically recoiled in that moment. We were both completely stunned! The only one who thought boy during my pregnancy was my almost 3yo! I’ve guessed wrong with EVERY pregnancy but this was a first time where everyone else was guessing wrong with me. And with that we had to finalize our name….
So. We knew our middle name choice was [name_m]Stephen[/name_m]. This has been on our middle name shortlist since my very first pregnancy. I think it goes with the biblical classic name vibe as my other two sons middles [name_m]Thomas[/name_m] and [name_u]James[/name_u]. I love what I read about [name_m]Stephen[/name_m] in the Bible, described as a man full of “God’s grace and power”. Who “performed amazing miracles and signs among the people.” Not to mention he was a true display of unwavering faith.
For the first we had trouble collectively getting excited over the same choices. [name_f]My[/name_f] ideal criteria, I wanted, like with [name_m]Stephen[/name_m] and our others kids first name choices a positive biblical namesake.But…, I didn’t want something popular. I didn’t want some big name but one who’s name has a specific story come to mind that they could grasp to. Unlike my previous two sons, I also wanted a more positive name meaning. I wanted to avoid creating a pattern with unfortunate name meanings. I was happy [name_m]Stephen[/name_m] already meant “crown”. Hubby Inthink struggled creating and maintaining a desired name shortlist. I didn’t want to just force my ideal on him so Inwas ready to find that compromise and suggested we wait to finalize until after eating breakfast but he told me a song had popped into his head repeatedly as I was pushing our son out. He said he felt like this song was confirmation in a way as the name in the song [name_u]Jireh[/name_u] was reminiscent of my very long beloved guilty pleasure boy name …:
So he looked at me and said, “we can name him the name you want.”
So with that [name_m]Jairus[/name_m] [name_m]Stephen[/name_m] was named and became the sibling to [name_m]Jabez[/name_m], [name_f]Esther[/name_f] and [name_m]Gideon[/name_m]! Pronounced like [name_f]Iris[/name_f] with a J in the front. Meaning [name_m]God[/name_m] enlightens.
We are just shy of three weeks with him and it’s still so surreal! We were convinced up until 4:56 [name_f]Girl[/name_f] but [name_m]God[/name_m] had [name_m]Jairus[/name_m] in His plans and had [name_m]Jairus[/name_m] on my heart since I was pregnant with my daughter 5+ years ago. We’re still waiting to see if a nickname pops up and sticks. Right now it’s mostly [name_u]Jai[/name_u] or [name_u]Jai[/name_u] the [name_m]Guy[/name_m] (which kind of meshes with his brothers [name_m]Jabe[/name_m] the [name_u]Babe[/name_u] and Gid the Kid!).