Ralph Waldo Emerson's association with liberal thinking, individualism and a love of nature is what drew us in to not only his writing, but to each other. Alex and I share many of the same qualities that we adore in one another, and that we value in general. And the name Emerson was even more fitting given the place we conceived our baby girl:
In the quiet of a deserted forest, on an uninhabited island in the Adirondack mountains, a sweet little life began to grow. She was an earth baby, meant for this earth mama. She was deep, and pensive, and had a mind of her own. She is our Emerson.
During the last week of my pregnancy, a quote from the late RW Emerson kept me company (and is equally applicable to my journey through conception, pregnancy, labor, birth and now parenthood!): "Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience."
The origin of the name "Winter" is a little less deep, but still meaningful (to us). The Winter season is a nostalgic time for Alex and I since we had our first date in the winter. Alex drove two hours in a snow storm to come pick me up for that first date. I stood in the middle of the dark road, snow falling around me, a faint glow from the street light, my bright orange jacket acting as a beacon calling Alex toward me. Oh, nostalgia. Alex and I fell in love that same winter, and were engaged the following winter. And so the name.
Originally, I really loved the name Winter as a first name, but I could not get past the fact that people were bound to nickname her "Winnie." I'm just not a fan of "Winnie." But, as much as I wanted to name my baby Winter, I know that could not have been her name. She's clearly an Emerson, and was to me from 20 weeks of pregnancy on.
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|Emerson Quote Magnet|
|Emerson Quote on Reclaimed Plywood|