Evelyn & Olivia, Week Six

What’s in a name?

I realize that the girls have been here for six weeks and I have yet to do a name post. Coming up with their names wasn’t the easiest for us, but I am very happy with where we landed.

When we found out it was twins I knew we were going to need a way to narrow down the field quickly or we would never come to a consensus. Rob and I are very opinionated and we were at the opposite end of the spectrum when it came to names. Now that we needed to come up with four names, it was going to be an uphill battle.

I have always liked names that started with vowels so we decided that we would only look at names that fit the bill. This automatically made it a lot easier. We have no family names that we feel strongly about so our vowel plan was all we had.

We were on a walk one day, discussing names, when Rob suggested Evie. I have always loved Evie and was ok with it but Rob wanted it to be short for something. He suggested Evelyn. And that was it. We had Evelyn.

Olivia was harder. I wanted Eleanor but Rob was 100% against the girls having the same initials. Have I mentioned that my family is Jessica, Jenifer, Jacob, and Jillian? Though I loved Eleanor, I do admit that Evie and Ellie is a bit too close together. I also suggested Avery but he wasn’t a fan of that. And Evie and Avie is a bit ridiculous. So, one night as I was falling asleep Olivia popped into my head. And as much as I love Olivia, I love Liv even more. So there it was, Liv and Evie. I felt so strongly about Olivia that I told Rob, it is Olivia and Evelyn. The End.

Middle names. Uuuuugh. It wasn’t until I realized that it was totally legit for the girls to have the same middle name that we were able to come up with D’Ann. I suggested Grace and Hope, or Faith and Grace. Rob said that was ridiculous. Well, okay then. Then, I found out that some families give children the same middle name. Yes!

My middle name is D’Ann. My mom chose this because D is my one grandma’s first initial and Ann is my other grandma’s middle name. Don’t have a family name you like? Make one! So, I know it is a bit of a weird name but I like it. And, given that I dropped my maiden name the second I could, it would be nice to pass something on to Evelyn and Olivia. Then, after we had pretty much decided on D’Ann I realized that it is my mom’s first initial with Rob’s mum’s name. Win! We have some sort of weird family connection in there, even if it isn’t in the traditional sense. And I like Jenifer D’Ann, Olivia D’Ann, and Evelyn D’Ann. It makes me feel connected to them.

Two weeks ago we had professional photos taken. I found the photographer through my network of bloggers and I couldn’t be happier with her. I wanted photos that felt very natural and focused on my family. I wasn’t interested in anything super posed. Jamieshowed up, cleaned up my room, made my bed, and told us to do what we would be doing. Here’s what she ended up with…

jamiestreetphotography_jenfamily (35 of 81)Because everyone is always curious, that is Evelyn on the left, Olivia on the right.

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jamiestreetphotography_jenfamily (47 of 81)Olivia was wide awake for most of our session. I love this one.

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Evie took a little bit longer to wake up, but that is the case most of the time. These photos definitely reflect their personalities.

jamiestreetphotography_jenfamily (52 of 81)Evelyn | Olivia

jamiestreetphotography_jenfamily (68 of 81)Olivia | Evelyn

All photos are by Jamie Street.

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