Monday, February 4, 2013

the story behind her name


Eric and I went to Disneyland just a few months after we were married. We were on the "Finding Nemo" submarine ride when Eric randomly told me he'd like to name one of our daughters a Spanish name. He served and LDS mission in Mexico City so I knew Eric had a soft spot for the language and people... but I couldn't even begin to pronounce the names he was suggesting. (I can't even roll my "r's"... Spanish is NOT the language for me, ha ha!) I said no to each name until he suggested "Mia"... he told me it means "mine". My heart melted and I've been in love with the name ever since!

When we found out we were having a baby girl, I excitedly told Eric we could name her Mia! His response was, "Why?!" Why?? Are you kidding me? A tiny part of me wanted to smack him, ha ha! Eric had his fun searching for names online and going through name books. He especially loved to suggest names that rhymed with Mia like: Gia, Tia, Leah.... the man loves to tease me :) I tried to be open to names that he honestly liked, but I just knew that baby girl was a "Mia"!
We definitely knew our daughter's middle name would be Marie, that is the name to be passed down in my family. (In fact, all the women in our 5 generation photo share the same middle name, Marie!) We just had to agree on the first name :)

My parents gave us their name book that they used with me and my brothers (that book is extremely outdated... how did I get so old??) I was flipping through the book when I found a page that had "Mia Marie" written in my mom's handwriting. I asked her about it, and she told me that was one option they were thinking of before they found out my older brother was a boy. I never knew this and thought it was pretty neat! When I told Eric about the coincidence he joked that "it was pre-destined, and we had to name our daughter Mia Marie."
In the end, we were choosing between "Mia" and one other name, but we wanted to see our baby girl before making the final decision.

When our baby was born, the doctor and nurse kept asking what her name was! We told them we needed a minute alone with our baby girl before making the decision. As soon as the room cleared out Eric and I took one look at each other and knew what her name was. Eric asked me, "Mia??" Of course I replied with, "Definitely Mia!!" Our precious Mia Marie Brinkerhoff.... there couldn't be a more perfect name for my baby!

37 comments:

Laurie @ The Rookie Wife said...

Mia is a GORGEOUS name and still simple and unique enough to be different but not weird. I love all these photos, and I have the same outfit for Savanna's newborn pictures! Guess we both have good taste;) Hope you are enjoying these first few weeks with baby girl

P!nky said...

What a sweet sweet sweet story!

And a gorgeous name and precious baby girl!

xoxo

Savannah said...

LOVE this sweet story behind her name. Mia Marie is perfect in so many ways!

Chelsea said...

Love her sweet outfit! How cute!

Carlie said...

That is a great story behind a beautiful name. It's pretty awesome that your mom thought of it several years ago too!

Samantha said...

Beautiful

ajs {of MN} said...

such a sweet story!

Ash said...

this is so sweet- how wonderful your mom already had that name picked out!

Court said...

ah, i am in love with her. she's such a pretty baby and the name fits perfectly! on another note, you look amazing!!!!! :)

Purposely at Home said...

i LOVE this! such a precious story and such a beautiful little girl.

xo
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Living The Young Life said...

i love it!!! my middle name is Marie too ;) thats the best middle name ever!

Aleksandra said...

Such sweet photos.

eryka {from abcde} said...

Cutest story...made me tear up!
XO
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Lindsey Nicole said...

I know I am a little behind in my blog reading, but I wanted to say a big congratulations to you and your family! Baby Mia is absolutely beautiful! :)

Whitney Tomlin said...

I love the name Mia! She is such a doll :)

Pamela said...

Ohh, it was definitely meant to be!! So sweet!

nate and amy crandell said...

So precious! Love the story & the name! Mia Marie flows so great :)

Bon Bon said...

Holy sweetness! She was born to be a Mia! Born to be all yours:-) xoxo

Allison said...

I love that it means mine...so incredibly sweet. Names are better with stories like this one! :)

Kendra L. said...

That's an awesome story!!! I hope something like this happens for us in the next few months lol. We agree on a lot of names but so far nothing really sticks out. Except my husband is stuck on Kai. For a girl!!! I'm not a fan... Hahaha. adorable pics!

Ashley said...

That's a sweet story behind Mia's name. I love that you remembered being on the Finding Nemo submarine ride when Eric brought up Spanish names. Too cute! She has the perfect name. :)

Rorie said...

What an amazing story!!

Dee Stephens said...

super sweet!!!

Nichole said...

Love how you came to name your precious baby girl, so sweet!

Shay said...

I just love everything about her, including her name! It was totally meant to be!

Tiffany @ Austin Family Diary said...

What a great story!!

Autumn said...

I am over here cheesing like a goober and sniffling. This story is too sweet. Your little girl is so precious! Congratulations!

Ashley said...

Such a great story to how you got her name. It really does seem like it was destined to be!

Amy @ A Glimpse of the Gouglers said...

Such a special, beautiful name! To go with an even more beautiful little girl! I love it :)

The Little Flapper said...

What a cute story behind her name. If you ever need help with your Spanish, I can help! I'm fluent.

Alyx said...

I love the story behind her name!! We had a boy's name picked out (Scottish... Mike served his mission there), but I had a feeling that this was a little girl, so we ended up having to pick a new name. We have the name picked out, and I love the significance. Just have to make sure that she fits the name!

Janna Renee said...

I got chills when you said you found Mia Marie in the baby book! It is obvious that that was meant to be her name!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Aw! I love this! I love that your mom had thought of using the name too!

Karla said...

Awww that is SO sweet. I'm Mexican and have always liked the name Mia but I must admit that I have ever taken the meaning of the word literally. Weird right?! "Mine" seems the perfect name for any baby. I loved reading your story behind her name. :)

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Jamie @ You Gotta Have Hart said...

I don't want to be rude.. but I don't care about her name.. it could be mud! She is adorable.. you guys look like the most beautiful family and the most blessed!! (love the story)

Ashley R said...

I love the name... she is SUCH a cutie. :)

Libby said...

So sweet! Your little girl looks like a Mia too. I am 15 1/2 weeks pregnant now and am hoping and praying for a girl sooo badly! I've always had certain names that I've toyed with since I was little but now that it's REALLY time to think of names for my REAL child it is so scary! A name is such a big deal! One of my fav names is Molly and my dad wanted to name me Molly so that is kind of like the Mia Marie being written in the baby book :) Too bad my husband hates Molly, ugh.

You seem like such an amazing and special mommy to me. You are SOO head over heels for your baby and I just hope I can be the same way with my baby. I have wanted to be a mommy my whole entire life but am currently so scared about it! I am sure that is normal but every time I read your posts or see your instagrams I feel relieved. You are doing a great job loving that baby Mia!

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