When I found out I was pregnant with Lo I was so certain that the little baby growing in my belly was a boy. So, certain in fact that when the ultrasound technician wrote the sex of our baby on a piece of paper and folded it for our surprise reveal, and those pink balloons popped out of a cardboard box, I was in shock. Excited but in shocked. I rushed into the house, found the folded piece of paper and opened the ultrasound and note which read, “Looks like a girl.”
I was even more confused. “Looks like girl.” Who writes that? Well, she did and now I had no way to contact her and ask what that meant. I studied ultrasounds in Google images and read reading them online so much, I may very well be certified at this point. Just kidding.
We had a boy name. We had no girl options. And, we didn’t for some time. Torn and indecisive. I threw a lot of options out there and Nathan did too, but none of which we could mutually agree. Then one day I heard it – Logan. BIG reveal here!! Her name is indeed not Lo, but very much Logan.
I said it over and over again in my mind. I loved the idea of a unisex name and I loved the sound. Scared to reveal it to Nathan, I kept it hidden in my mind, until one day I shared my thoughts while Nathan showered. I was too afraid to see a raise eyebrow or the disapproval in his eyes, so I waited until there was a physical barrier between us. We had gone through dozens of names. Nothing sounded right and I was just a few weeks away from my due date.
“How about Logan?” I asked.
Silence. Silence. Silence.
“I really like it!” He answered from behind the curtain.
Since then I have read, encountered and met a few other female Logans, and it seems to be a thing in the South. Just as Dylan, Charlie and James are becoming “hip” new girl names, my Logan, was my Logan. All mine and 100% original.
She gets a lot of nicknames though. Lo, which is what I refer to her as on here. Hogan, which is what our little three-year old niece often mispronounces when calling for her. While she was still in the womb her Aunt Abbey cleverly called her Logi Bear and that kind of stuck and has since been shortened to Logi through the years.
So, why the background? Why the story? Well, with a new post and a series titled Logisms – Part 1, I felt some background and then some was necessary. Aren’t you glad to read through to here?
My Lo girl is nearing two and her vocabulary is quickly becoming vast and her personality oh so cute. Children say the darnest, funniest things, right? We all know that! Parents also say the cutest things like, “I am going to start writing down or recording the things my child says.” Well, with such a forum at my fingertips. Count me in. Here we go…
– – When playing with her baby dolls, I overheard her tell her doll while holding her arm outstretched, “It’s Shocking!” I still have no clue where that word and that phrase came from.
– – Her new found response, “Of, course!” Which makes me laugh every single time. Me: “Lo, would you like an orange?” Lo: “Of, course, Mommy.” – Me: “Lo, time for a bath,” Lo:” Of course!” – Me: “Lo, did you smear the playdough in the carpet?” Lo: “Of course!”
– – After spending the afternoon at the Baltimore Aquarium, her father asked her, “What did you see at the Aquarium,” and she proclaimed, “Scubbies, I scared.” Reference to a scuba diver feeding the fish in the tank. 1) I am so glad after six floors and a Dolphin exhibit this is what she remembers and 2) I have scarred her for life.
– – Playing doctor with her Aunt LaLa (that is what she calls my sister, Alyvia), and placing the stethoscope on her chest, I asked, “What do you hear?” And, she exclaimed, “A cupcake!”
– – Walking out of church and into the morning sun, Nathan said, “Man, I should have my sunglasses,” And, Lo, replied in a very dramatic fashion, “My eyes, my eyes.” while covering them with her little hands. If I did not know better, I would have turned right around and taken her back into church to make sure she hadn’t turned vampire over night.
Photo by Magnolia Street Photography.