Naming the new member of a family is a really tough decision. It is amazing how effortlessly we make huge purchases, decide where to live, make career paths, or pick out an engagement ring. All those things can be altered and new decisions decided, but a name is forever. It is a monumental responsibility that requires much deliberation and research. I like things to have substance and history and heart felt personal meaning. I like stories, history, names with the proper forethought, not whimsical decisions of such enormity made on the fly. These are huge obligations that I take with the utmost seriousness.
All of our names have some sort of family connection. The first boy, in my family, has the fathers first name as their middle name. In comes Brenden Jeffrey, who is now 16, man I am getting old. Then comes Colin Samuel, which is his Grandfathers middle name. He is now 15 years old, I know they are close together, 15 months and 2 days apart. Next is Beau Gregory after my father, and he is 8. Beau means handsome in French, and this boy does not disappoint his name! Bennett Gray is now 7, 15 months and 2 days apart from Beau. His name has a great and touching story for me, my Grandmother named him only days before she passed. Her and I held a special bond and I think of her every time I call his name, which is quite often! Quinn William, which means 5th, is next and he is named after his Grandfather. There was great care and thought that went into each name and we were very purposeful to not be too common, but not to out there as well.
We came into D day with one name solidly in the plan for baby A. August Michael was going to be his name and for some reason we knew it would fit. He has not disappointed in the three short days he has been with this family. One of the trips we made during this pregnancy was to Napa. We had the privilege of dining at the astounding Thomas Keller restaurant French Laundry. Being the foodie I am, it was an unbelievable culinary experience. Our waiter there was named August, and we immediately loved it. Michael is my brothers middle name and he is one of my most favorite people on the planet. We have become incredibly close and I wish he were closer. Baby Bs name we spent 2 days discussing and contemplating. The last of the Broermann children had to receive a powerful and compassionate name. Liev Robert Broermann, this name has a ton of hidden meanings and some very apparent signifigances. If you follow this blog you know we are intimately involved with the Mighty Oakes Heart Foundation and its mission for infant congenital heart defects. Liev is an alternate spelling for Lev, which we thought would be mispronounced too often. Lev in Hebrew means heart, how appropriate can a name be in honor of our amazing Oakes. Another way to spell Lev is Leo, this is a name that has been used for years in my family. It is my Grandfathers name and my dads middle name, two men that I hold in the highest regard and love dearly. Robert is a long story with multiple layers. Robert is my fathers brother and a man I look up to and respect a little more then words can describe. A little over two months ago he lost his son, Nicholas Scott. It was a tragic story and his family has been struggling to deal with the loss. He left this world way too soon and I wanted to honor his memory by naming our last son after his dad. Robert is also the first name of our dear friend and doctor that made all this happen. As all things were playing out during Lievs birth, he was the one that rescued him from the womb. He is an amazing person with an amazing family and we are honored to have his namesake in our sons title. The last, but most definitely not the least, connection to the name Robert comes from my dear Father in Law, affectionately known as Grandpa Dale. He is a gentle, soft spoken, kind hearted Texan that we all love and are privileged to call Dad. Robert was Dale’s Grandfathers first name, his fathers middle name, and Dales first name! Quite a lineage for Liev, and a long line of great men for him to live up to.
So now we have all these boys with names: Brenden, Colin, Beau, Gray, Quinn, August, and Liev. What a mouthful and we are giddy to have this family complete. We are home now and look forward to finding some sort of normalcy, although that seems like quite the farce of a statement.