At long last, we have a name for our beautiful baby girl. Introducing...Annika Mae Wheeler.
Born at home on January 29, 2013, 3:10 am.
6 pounds 13 ounces, 19 inches long.
Annika's name was intentionally chosen as a tribute to her grandparents. Ann is in honor of Cathy Ann, ka is for Kay LeGrand, Mae recognizes Susannah Mae, and Wheeler is carried down from Charles Burt. (I know that's kind of a stretch, Grandpa Charles, but we are happy to pass along the Wheeler name. It's a bit of a sacrifice who one accustomed to the front of the line as an "A" for "Andrus.")
The more time passes, the more grateful Jason and I feel for our parents. We recognize that we wouldn't be who or where we are today without their love and support. Even more, we are so thankful for how much they support, mentor, teach, and guide our children. Through Annika Mae's name, we hope to recall the promise of the prophet Elijah, in which "he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers" (Malachi 4:6).
In Hebrew, Annika (Anna) means grace--the most beautiful of blessings. From the very beginning, we felt strongly inspired that she needed to grace our home at this time, even when it seemed illogical. She is our Faith Baby. I love the connection between faith and grace, as it is only through our faith that we have access to our Lord's grace.
On a lighter note, Annika's initials will be A.M.W. At one point, we really wanted to have a child with the initials A.N.W. because we love root beer (like A&W). A.M.W. is close, but not quite. Well Jason's family, particularly the Spackman line, has a long tradition of root beer tasting. After much sampling, the general consensus is that when it comes to creating the perfect root beer, A&W is likewise close, but not quite. I may like root beer, but not enough to name our daughter "Virgil."
And now for nicknames: Jason loves Annie Mae and I agree--it's super cute. It's also close to Fannie Mae, an appropriate connection since Jason works so much with housing. Of course, I automatically think of Fannie May chocolates--sweet inspiration indeed.
You are also welcome to call our baby girl Annabelle--I think it's just adorable. And whether it's because or in spite of that mop of dark hair, she certainly is belle.