Thursday, January 8, 2009

Behind the name...

We welcomed our son early this morning at 5:28 am. Photos and stories to come later in the day.
He is beautiful and improving in health with every moment. Jonathan and I are resting now, and Grandma Mauss is in the nursery with him.

In the meantime, a little about his birth name.

The road to naming Baby Ski was not an easy journey.

Take two incredibly stubborn people who are always right, a lifelong decision, and a wee little one who has to deal with the name throughout his lifetime...and you have the makings of an eight month long ongoing debate.

When all was said and done...we decided to honor both of our fathers by giving Baby Ski a name that shared their first names. The process of building these two pages actually took me several weeks, because each time I started working on them, it made me cry.

One of the nights that Jonathan was working on cleaning out the baby's room, he found an old box of projects that Mary had saved for him, from second and third grade. All kinds of topics - from classmates to classes to summer vacation to his teachers - you could tell which teachers he liked (they were always happy and had big smiley faces in his drawings of them) and which ones he didn't (they were swallowed by dragons and disappeared).

The night we found this particular project that Jonathan made was the day after we decided on Baby Ski's name.

The project was in his own eight-year-old handwriting, of how he came to be named. I scanned in his penciled penmanship, and transferred it to the page via Photoshop. The pages were nearly twenty years old. In his original project, there was also a list tracing his Sprouffske genealogy nearly 200 years. How sweet is that?
On the second page, I added a photo of him, his dad, and his grandpa Fred. It's from right around the time he finished his name project...and it brought it all together.

Welcome to the world, little Thomas Lawrence.


Angie said...

Welcome Thomas Lawrence and congratulations Jonathan and Shelley!!

KCina said...

YAHOO--Love the name, the meaning behind the names, the process of selecting the names and the fact that YOU ALREADY SCRAPBOOKED THIS!!! ;-)

Congrats you three! Life has only just begun! Little Thomas Lawrence, you are one lucky little boy!

Hey, I was right--you did have him on Elvis's bee-day afterall!

~ Kathy

Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS to the both of you!! I got a text message at 7:45am this morning from Kili telling me of your exciting news!! I wish you both rest, love, sleep & patience. :)


Anonymous said...

Yay for Thomas! Can't wait to see pictures!!!! And how neat to find that project of Jonathan's.

And I'm so jealous of your amazing digital scrapbooking skills. And the fact that you take the time to do it. You're amazing Shelley, and little Thomas is a very lucky little boy. :-)

Anonymous said...

OMG CONGRATULATIONS! I can't wait to hear all about it and Hel-LO how about some pictures?!?!?!!

Thomas is Theo's middle name so of course I love it. And I love how you came up with it. Lawrence is great too.

Oh I'm so happy for you THREE!!!

Anonymous said...

Welcome little Thomas Lawrence, and Congrats to you cousin Jonathan and Shelley. I can't wait to see the beautiful pictures.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations Jonathan and Shelley! Cherish your precious gift. Your lives have just become more amazing than you could ever imagine. Enjoy!

Welcome Thomas Lawrence. You have the most amazing parents. You surely won the parent lottery!

We can't wait to see pictures!

Michelle Gutzman

Danielle Hawes said...

Congratulations! What a precious name, and I LOVE the scrapbook. You are so thoughtful and creative!!

I hope one day to meet this precious boy!

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