Wednesday, March 01, 2006

What do you think?

So, in 10 (count 'em) 10 weeks we will be giving birth to either an Oliviah Madison or a Jackson Chase.

So, what do you think? Which spelling do you prefer and why...

Olivia Madison

Oliviah Madison

or just chose a spelling....

Olivia /Oliviah

Madison/ Maddison /Madisson


Clearly my name is unique...so I tend towards unique spellings...but I don't have a desire to be ridiculous!! You don't see me asking if Jaxon would be ok for Jackson! :)

What are your thoughts....
Thanks.

26 comments:

Jenni-brooke said...

Hey Shyla! It's Jenni Fairchild... I've really enjoyed reading your blog over the past few weeks and finding so many other NBBC people! I'm so excited for ya about your baby!!!

Love the names you have chosen by the way - especially Madison/Maddison...

My preference is Olivia Maddison, but both spelling are pretty. Here's the reason I chose the one without the "h"... for some weird reason "hah" like haha kept popping in my head when I saw the "h", but maybe that's just my weird mind. =) and I think the two d's look nice, instead of "Mad" jumping out. Okay, weird messages popping out of names in my head again. hahaha Anyway, there's my two cents worth, but I'm sure that whichever you choose will be perfect!

Oh, by the way, I was sorting pictures yesterday and I found a picture of you and Jocelyn Pagano sitting in the backseat of my car on the way back from Iron Mountain. I think I was giving y'all a ride back after we had been to some falls and then Burger King with Dave and some other guys.

Have a happy day!

P.S. I have a blog also, it's just not a "blogger" http://happyhappenings.typepad.com
Username: happyday
Password: behappy

Kimberly said...

Hey Shyla, I really love those name...and I vote for the most unique spelling that you can find! I ABSOLUTELY love the name Olivia, you could spell it Olyvia?! And I prefer Jaxon to Jackson! One of my students name is Jaxon...and he is a true cutie! :) Enjoy the rest of your pregnancy as much as you can! :) Love ya Kim

nate, christina, and connor said...

hey shy,
i have to say
olivia madison
b/c i know the sweetest most precious little olivia with no 'h' and it would always make me smile when you talk about your olivia. and madison b/c i have a cousin spelled that way.
jackson is too cute. i would want to call him jack all the time. that's one of our other fav boy names.

TEN WEEKS!!! woo hoo! you're in the home stretch, girl. get some rest. :-) and remember, an epidural (sp?-i taught first grade i spell phonetically :-)) is your friend. :-)

Katie said...

Shyla -

I say Olivia Maddison/Maddison. I'm not crazy about funky names/spelling just to be funky; that's just me though. I do like the name Olivia! So cute.

And, I agree with Christina: get lots of rest and an epidural is certainly your friend!

Karen said...

Have I told you before that I've wanted the name Olivia for my daughter since the 10th grade? And I'm not joking. So far it's about the only girl name we can agree on.

Alicia said...

My vote is for the straight-forward Olivia Madison. I'm with Katie, I think crazy name spellings are too trendy and will make it hard for others to pronounce. I have some friends who named their baby girl Aleatheia (not sure of the spelling). It's Greek for truth which is cool but look at all those crazy vowels!?!? Jackson is also very nice. And here here, the epidural is your best friend. After receiving mine I was practically kissing the nurses!

Heather said...

I would have to say...Olivia Madison too. The easier the better. Especially, when he or she turns three and you are teaching them to write their name. (This is where I am at right now. Victoria asked me yesterday why she didn't have a short name to write. ) Oh well!

I too would have to say, get plenty of rest and yes on any drugs. Do you remember when I went from 6-10 in a matter of seconds. You could barely get out of the birth room before Logan decided to come into this world. That is when the epidural wore off and I was in complete PAIN!!!!!

DRUGS! DRUGS!! DRUGS!!!

Have a wonderful time preparing for your precious little one to come into this world!!!!

Shannon said...

Looks like Olivia Madison is the consensus. :) That is such a beautiful name, our other name was Olivia Claire and Jackson Chase is cute. That is so great that you guys are going to be surprised, it will give you something look forward to after the pain. :) I was too impatient and had to find out! And about an epidurral...I had always heard about a long needle, burning, etc...well, that's crazy because at that point in labor, you don't notice any of that! I practically hugged the anesthesiologist when he came in. lol

Shyla said...

WOW!
Thanks for all of the imput!
I will let you know what we decide.
It probably won't be until I see her (if it's a her :).

ok...a little secret... I REALLY want to try to go naturally (minus the meds) for labor. I know, i know...i just heard the unison sound of grunting and gasping. "What is she thinking?" "Oh, she's a first timer - she'll learn!" "She doesn't stand a chance" I HAVE heard them all.
All I am saying is I am going in with an open mind. There is something that sounds inticing about feeling little to no pain, However, my mom had 4 without it, my mother-in-law had 6 without it...I don't know. It's worth a shot. (no pun intended!)

So, thanks for the name imputs! As much as I think Jaxon would be cute (Jax for short) I think i may give my family a heartattack if I go that far off the deep end :)

pamela s said...

I'm going with the crowd on Olivia Madison. The name goes together really nicely, and she won't be embarrassed by it when she's 30 and introducing herself to other people.
I think some people choose names that are cute for babies, but forget that they won't stay babies, and when you 30 Moonbeam or Sunny or Rainbow aren't all that cute of names anymore. :)

janeen said...

Shyla--
I agree with everyone else... Olivia Madison. That is such a cute name. My nephew's name is Canon Benjamin which I would say is a little unusual but he truly fits with his name. His personality is amazing. He is a gem.

I can not give any advice on labor but I am so excited for you and Nate.

Janeen

suzanne said...

Hey Shyla, I actually like Jaxon!! No, actually, I have to say I love it. If you don't use it, maybe I will, who knows. I think it is so cute. I am an odd one though. I guess I would have to agree with everyone else on the Olivia and I like Maddison with two D's.
I think that it is awesome that you are going to try the natural delivery. When I had Gavin, Ryan was really encouaging me to get the drugs, he hated seeing me in pain. But now that I look back on it, I wish that I would have held out for a little bit longer. Next time, I am going to go a lot longer with out them. But I will still get the epidural before it's too late!!! I couldn't imagine pushing an eight + pounder out without it!!! But I think that you are very brave and I think that you an do it!!!

suzanne said...

Hey Shyla, I actually like Jaxon!! No, actually, I have to say I love it. If you don't use it, maybe I will, who knows. I think it is so cute. I am an odd one though. I guess I would have to agree with everyone else on the Olivia and I like Maddison with two D's.
I think that it is awesome that you are going to try the natural delivery. When I had Gavin, Ryan was really encouaging me to get the drugs, he hated seeing me in pain. But now that I look back on it, I wish that I would have held out for a little bit longer. Next time, I am going to go a lot longer with out them. But I will still get the epidural before it's too late!!! I couldn't imagine pushing an eight + pounder out without it!!! But I think that you are very brave and I think that you an do it!!!

Sarah said...

I like Olivia Madison as well. Jackson Chase is so cute!!! Both are great names:) Now I don't know anything about childbirthing pains...but I think it's great that you are keeping an open mind. There is nothing wrong with that!!! You don't know how long your labor will be anyways, maybe you could take it:) It would quite the accomplishment;)

courtney said...

Ok,
It sounds like you have gotten lots of advice on the whole name thing. :) I love the fact that we spelled Emilee in a unique way. However, Emilee hates it because when she goes to the store there are never any cute "name" things spelled the way her name is spelled. I have even caught her on occasion telling people it is spelled "Emily". So, if you do choose unique, then resign yourself to the fact that her name will forever be spelled wrong!
Love ya
Courtney

Katie said...

Shyla - I agree with you that it would be GREAT to be able to go naturally without an epidural. I had the same mindset as you with Luke - and I will on my next one. My sister-in-law has had 3 without an epidural, and she seems to have a much quicker recovery time herself. That is the main reason I would've liked to go without one. And it's true - you don't know how long your labor will be. My sister-in-law had REALLY short labors. I knew that it was probable that I would get an epidural, and when I was induced at 6AM and went through labor all day confined to a bed with monitors strapped on me, I was SO thankful to be able to have an epidural. Another positive about not having an epidural is that you can walk around and deal with your labor pains outside of bed. So, try to go without, but if you choose, an epidural WILL be your friend. I just don't think women should beat themselves up about not going naturally. It's still tough and an amazing accomplishment either way.

nate, christina, and connor said...

shy-girl,
you are my hero! i am such a pain freak!
when i got to the hospital, i was VERY far along in my labor. (i guess i thought if i stayed home they baby wouldn't come out and i could just imagine away the severe pains in my gut). anyway, the nurses said (in their chipper little voices), "you know, you're really doing well right now. and since you've progressed this far without meds and you're still talking and joking with us, you could probably deliver without an epidural". i very calmly (between contractions) said, "i believe i have a date with destiny and his name is dr. jankowski. now girls, get the meds." were they crazy?!? i was only talking and joking to keep my mind off the pain! didn't they know that's why i married a funny man?? but really, hindsight is 20/20. if i would have been able to comprehend how fast connor was coming, i might have tried to finish it out without meds. might, i said might. honestly, if you have a grasp on reality (the fact that it's GOING to hurt) and you are strong willed (i'm going with yes for that :-) ) then you can totally pray your way through it!
you go get 'em girl!
we'll be praying for a FAST and safe delivery. :-)

Alicia said...

Shyla,
I admire you for wanting to try childbirth the good ole fashioned natural way. My delivery story is similar to Katie's and after being induced and suffering through hours of contractions I felt I deserved the epidural. I won't go into the gory details but after Chloe was delivered c-section weighing in at 10lbs. 1oz. I was happy the epidural kicked in AND that I didn't have to go through the torture of pushing a 10 pound baby through my pelvis. :) No matter wha t - you'll be so excited and full of adrenaline to see your little olivia or jackson that you'll forget about all the pain in an instant. :)
Alicia

Tricia said...

Hey Shyla,

Sorry I'm a little late weighing in on this fun topics. So just for your info, I like strangish spellings..but not too odd, mind you. So any of those combinations look pretty good to me. I love both those names.
As far as the epidural goes,I think it's great if you can go without it. However, I know it's not the best scenario for everyone. I didn't have one with either of the boys and though it was painful (obviously), in my mind it was well worth the fast recovery and lack of possible side effects. I went into labor very much not wanting to get one but throughout my pregnancy would never say that "I will not get an epidural" because if you say that everyone will start taking bets on how long you will last. Matter of fact, one of my doctors pretty much called me a rockhead for not wanting one (thankfully he was not the one that delivered Ian). Anyway, no matter what you decide at the end of the day or night you will have a beautiful baby so that's what matters. You'll be in our prayers!

Tricia

Genns said...

Hey Shyla,
I know you haven't heard from me in a long time - but I just had to jump in. I also just wanted to go natural and after 3 days of contractions, I still didn't get any drugs. It is possible, but do whatever you have to. It doesn't really matter in the end. It is all worth it. 10 weeks is just around the corner. Oh, and I'm also a fan of Olivia Madison, and actually Jaxon is pretty cute. But do what you want - I worried too much about what everyone else thought.

Kelly

Shyla said...

Kelly! It was so good to hear from you! Your baby is BEAUTIFUL!! Congrats on the little one! You look great!

Ladies, thanks for all of the advice! I am looking forward (as much as you can look forward to pushing a train through your system) to giving birth. This has been a fun topic of conversation. Even though I pretty much know how I will spell the names etc...it's still fun to get imput. I'll let you know if you've changed my mind! :) I have been an Oliviah Madison fan...but who knows maybe I'll go traditional or maybe i will add a D or drop an H! :)
Thanks friends!
Shy
(ps- i LOOOOVE Jaxon, but I you'll have to pray that one in!!)

Genns said...

Hey,
I know you probably get more advise than you want but this really did help me. So, take it or leave it. Everytime I had a contraction Josh would get behind me and push as hard as he could (which is really hard) on my hip bones. He would cup them and push down and forward. I know it sounds weird, but if totally helped. It also made him feel really useful. All the nurses told him he should be a doula. Ha, could you imagine Josh Genn coaching YOU through labour? Funny thought
Kelly

jeileenbaylor said...

Shyla,
This is Julie Baylor from NBBC. I got your blog site from Katie Bruno's. I love what you have done with it. It is so cute. And I forgot that you married Nate! That is so great! So you're in Pa? All of my family and Tim's family is in Pa :o) It's a great place :o)

Hope you are doing well,
Julie

jeileenbaylor said...

p.s. my name pick is

Olivia Madison :o) ... for whatever it's worth

Dana Jordan said...

Hey, Shyla!!

You must be so excited about the baby!! I hope you're feeling well and that the time is flying by for you. Anyways, for what it's worth I vote for Olivia Madison because I think it would be annoying to have people misspelling your child's name for the rest of her life. (This is pure opinion which you are entitled to totally ignore if you want!) And of course, you're the mom, so do what you want!

Have a great day!
Dana Jordan

Shyla said...

LOL! I have been racking my brain as to who Dana Jordan was...HELLO!!! Dana (Thaxton) Jordan! :) How are you doing? Nathan said he enjoys seeing you all when he's at Calvary!
Thanks for visiting!
Shyla

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