|I still can't believe it...|
And BOY did a lot of thought (and arguments and maybe a few tears) go into this one...
I had been thinking of the name Anna Hazel since after Jude was born. Ann is a name that has been used in a lot of girl names in my family (my former middle name was DiANNe, as a matter of fact). My mom's sister Ann is the eldest of eight children in her family, and although she has no children of her own, she has been like a mom to all of her nieces and nephews. I've always wanted to be able to honor her by including her name in a little girl's name (if I ever had one). My Aunt Ann is definitely the female leader in our family and is the best planner/hostess/baby holder you will ever meet. Anna is going to adore her.
Hazel was my Grandmother on my Dad's side of the family. She, along with her twin sister, Hallie, kept my twin sister and I from the time we were born until we were able to stay home by ourselves. They taught us so, so much, and left us with a ton of awesome memories, but I'm always wishing we had paid attention even more. We spent our time with them serving others, picking whatever vegetables or other foods were in season (WHEREVER they were in season), making crafts and home goods, and visiting relatives that I would probably have never know otherwise. They definitely had a huge influence on the woman that I am now and I see a lot of both of them in me more and more every day.
The name for my new baby girl may seem ordinary or old fashioned to some, but the women that the name represents were and are truly extraordinary and I can't wait until the day when she understands where her name came from. I know she'll be proud of it!