Thursday, January 31, 2008

deciding on a name

I don't know why I continually refer to my daughter as "baby girl" or "munchkin" on this blog.  As soon as I decided to adopt, I got a name stuck in my head.  My mom and I would refer to my future baby by this name.  At the same time, however, I was always warning my mom that I didn't want to commit to a name until I saw my daughter.  Well, as soon as I saw my referral picture, I knew.  The name suited her perfectly.  I considered other names just to be sensible, but no other name felt right.

When it came time to pick a middle name, I knew that I wanted to use part of her Vietnamese name.  Now that I know that she was abandoned at the hospital at 3 days old, I wonder who gave her her name.  But the truth is, it doesn't matter.  It's the only name she has ever known and I want to honor that, as well as her culture.  My daughter has 4 names.  The first is her surname, then I assumed the next was her middle and the last two were her first name.  What I thought was her middle name is Thi.  This is a VERY COMMON Vietnamese middle name and in my daughter's case, it is really just a gender identifier.  I finally decided to ask my agency what the caregivers call her.  I was told  that in addition to calling her "sweetie," "baby" and "honey," (which made me smile) they call her by her fourth name.  As soon as I heard that, I knew that would be her middle name.  So, here it is:

 

Sadie Hieu

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3 comments:

3continentfamily said...

Beautiful and perfect. And since I have seen her face, I say that with a smile :)

Your mom is in my thoughts. Take care.

The Gregs said...

Beautiful name. I have been following your story. We are waiting for I600 approval, too.

AllisonEvan said...

Love the name and it looks perfect in black and white seeing it makes her even more real!