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Sunday, 16 August 2009

Consulting Crystal Balls

I suppose the title of this entry is misleading as I don't actually consult crystal balls in order to see the future.

I am however: making plans, big, huge, fantastic and wildly spectacular plans that will most likely not come into being as they are simply to pass the time and focus my energies on other matters than the one thing I desperately want to happen.

I am: reading and formulating columns and columns of baby names...mixing, matching, seriously wondering if some mothers suffer from severe mental lapses and actually do wish to name their babies names chosen from categories like "Cute Gothic" and "Romantic Vampire Baby Names".

I am: considering changing my own name to something along the lines of Co'Lle'En just to be edgy and cool.

I am: being just a touch sarcastic and blabbering on and on because what I really am is: jittery, (butterflies, the whole works), with apprehension and excitement and nerves, (the good kind of course), wondering what this next week will bring!

So good luck, bon chance, and lykke til to us brave souls awaiting our joyful news!

14 comments:

Ine said...

Fingers crossed!! :) I will be checking your blog several times a day the next week, for sure!

Zion said...

I don't know if this will be any help for you, but I picked both names for my children, not from lists of possible names, but they have a real meaning to me and they have a history and a reason behind them, Now I'm not saying that picking a name from a list isn't a good way to work on things but I think that where you need to look is in your subconciousness, maybe you saw a movie once and loved a name from it, maybe you read a book sometime and there was a name that stuck out, maybe there's a loved one that has passed away you want to honor by naming the baby after him/her, maybe you just want to name the kid after yourself (men do it all the time) and maybe there just isn't a name that is perfect enough so you just come up with a name on your own (well obviously that's not a possibility in Iceland with stricht naming laws) any way you slice it, that perfect name is there in the back of your mind just waiting for you to remember/find it :)

As for how I did it:

Ragnar Ólafur Guðmundsson is my son's full name and because I have a husband with the same first name as my great grandfather (the children here get their father's first name with the dóttir/son (daughter/son) ending) he's named after my grandfather, well that and I kept dreaming about him during my pregnancy ;) - my grandfather was my favorite person in the whole world and I loved him dearly and I loved giving him the honor of naming my son after him (especially after one night he told me in my dream that he loves the name Kapitola for a girl (always the girl name pick from the get go LOL) but he would love it if I would name a boy after him, so ofcourse at that point I knew the baby was a boy and he would have his great grandfather's name ;)

With Kapitola there is a different story, it comes from a book called The hidden hand/Capitola the madcap written by Emma Southworth in the mid 1800's and it has been ever since I was a small girl my all time favorite book and the main character Kapitola (originally Capitola but in translation switched out the C for K cause C isn't used in Icelandic) is just such a great person and so brave and lunatic and funny and smart I just LOVE her ;) - the great part about that name is that also my mother in law and her mother love(d) that book and cherished almost as much as me and they couldn't have been happier about the name pick :) Her middle name Kristín is my mothers first name, my great grandmother's first name, my Mother in law's middle name and so on LOL - I had a dream when I was pregnant with her that my great grandmother Kristín (from whom the book I own which this name Kapitola name comes from is originally) was telling me the story of Kapitola, that is she was telling me about the book, and when I woke up that morning I just knew her name would be Kapitola Kristín, just the way I knew that night when I was pregnant with Ragnar...

So instead of gazing into a crystal ball or writing thousands of names on a peace of napkin listen to your dreams/heart and the perfect name will just come to you ;) at least that's how I see it, I don't care if you are physically pregnant or mentally pregnant(adoption) you should be able to search your subconciousness the same ;)

I love hearing about your adoption journey and I love reading about your patiante ;) I am adopting a kitten and he won't be ready to come live with us for another week and I can't sleep at night so I can't imagine how you must be feeling!

Zion said...

And I think Rannveig is a very beautiful name and it means "the strangth/power of the house/home" just saying cause I know that name is in your family ;) LOL

Zion said...

BTW, I'm also a big fan of names and love reading name books, I would love to be like my great-grandmother Kristín and have 14 babies just to be able to use all the names I want to name LOL I have litterally first and middle names mapped out for at least five more children (although I will not have more children then my two, at least not for quite some time and even then no more then two more LOL) my boy name pick for Kapitola was Jóhann Freyr, Jóhann is the male name version of Jóhanna which was Gummi's grandmother's name, and Freyr ir the male version of both my maternal and Gummi's paternal grandmother's, well they both go by Freyja, although my grandma actually is named Freygerður and his grandma is named Anna Freyja...

there are also Sigtryggur Guðni (first name was Gummi's grandpa and second was my great-grandfather's brother), Herborg Elísabet(Herborg and Elísabet nicknamed Sigga and Beta were Guðni's sisters, the three of them never got married and grew old and died living togeather all their lives) and more that I want to use not to mention Archibald Sebastian Black (which is what I would have named my son if I would have married Sirius Black LOL)

other names I would love to use in no special order Stefán, Kristmann, Svanlaugur, Snorri, Sebastían, Ida, Kamilla, Kassíópea(not legal though) and I can go on forever LOL

And I love that story about how you named yourself before you were even born :)

Anonymous said...

In my Icelandic family, the name Rannveig reappears consistently. My great-great grandmother on both sides, a Rannveig........ my grandmother, my great-aunt, and now also my daughter.......... also the names Sesselja, Kristin, and Elin, which are all through our Icelandic family tree, over and over again it seems......... I love names with a sense of connection to people who are much beloved and yet we have not always known them....... Kate Olson Wilson

Zion said...

The name Kristín is a pretty common name here, the names Elín, and Sesselja are both more unique, though Sesselja considerably more so. Rannveig is the rarest of them though.

I love the name Sesselja, I used to know an old women with that name that I loved dearly :) Also my grandfather's sister in law was called Rannveig and she alway held a special place in my heart, like so many others :)Needless to say I love the name Kristín - it's my daughter's middle name LOL, and one of my best friends is called Elín, so all of those names are familiar to me :)

Mary-anne said...

i love you.
you're wonderful.

Colleen said...

Sesselja, Elin, Rannveig, and Kristin are all beautiful names. Meaningful too because of who they represent.

And mary, why I love you too!!

jjdelta said...

OK I know I don't have kids and that I'm not having any in the foreseeable future ;op BUT I'd like to say something... (what else is new, right?)

When I read the Bible, especially the OT, and I read about the giants of the faith I often think how I would love to name my children after these people. Their faiths and valor often inspire me and I often find the Hebrew names beautiful... names like Hadassah or Malachi have beautiful rings to them and the people behind these names are faithful servants of the Lord. So what I'm trying to say is that the Bible has a great pool of beautiful and meaningful names :o)

Colleen said...

I agree Janet. Hadassah is a beautiful name! Isn't it the name of the heroine in the Mark of the Lion series? I love them!!:)

jjdelta said...

Yes it is :o) I LOVE those books, although I'm still waiting to read the last one.

Hadassah is the name that I want for my daughter - if the Lord would ever bless me with one :o) and I would love Malachi for a son but it doesn't work AT ALL in French and it sounds like a swear word in Greek... oh well.

Colleen said...

Hahaha!:) What a shame it sounds like Greek swear because it's a strong and good name! Or...well wait, on a scale of 1 to 10, how bad is the swear because maybe if it's just like a 3 or 4, you can get away with it...I am ever your helpful and considerate friend!!;)

jjdelta said...

Thanks for your advice, I'll think about it... NOT! :op

Malachi can be turned into two meanings in French... "badly acquired" or also "badly chewed" LOL not exactly what I want to be naming my child...

and in Greek... well let's not go there :op

Colleen said...

"Badly aquired". (Snorting with laughter at that one.)