There’s a little story that goes along with these pictures. When we were expecting a baby, I made a long list of names that I loved (Ava, Sela, Raina, Elise, Serena, Ruby, Emmaline, Sophia, etc.). I think naming is important (nod to Madeline L’Engle), and I had certain criteria that any name had to meet. So I’d make my list, and then ,of course, Nathan wouldn’t really like any of them. So I’d start another list and keep wearing him down with my favorites. Finally, we got down to three names that met my criteria and that we both could tolerate: Lucia/Lucy, Eleanor/Ellie, and Sylvia/Sylvie (we went with the more Latin spelling later). Ellie Miller just had too many L’s in it so we eliminated that one. That left us with Lucia and Sylvia, and we were stuck there for a long time. Neither of us had a strong preference for either name.
One day, with the birth looming over us, I made up some sentences for what I thought each name would say about the little girl’s character. My sentences were: “On Saturdays, Lucy comes home from her soccer game and climbs up in her tree house to read Anne of Green Gables” and “On Sunday mornings, Sylvie goes with Papa to the bakery to have chocolate croissants.” We have a tradition of going out for coffee before or after church (or in lieu of–shh!! don’t tell!) on Sunday mornings. Little t American Baker on Division is Nate’s current favorite stop for Stumptown coffee and fabulous chocolate croissants (or pan chocolat, I believe, the French would call them).
While I could see myself as the mama of a Lucy- or a Silvie-girl, the chocolate croissant sentence seemed to seal the deal for Nate. And therefore, Silvie must go to the bakery to have chocolate croissants with Papa on Sunday mornings.