Saturday, October 22, 2011

Welcome, little one

Our precious little boy, Bowen Elliott, was born yesterday morning at 9:40 weighing 9 lbs 6 oz and measuring 22 inches long.  Bowen and I are both doing well, Steve is super helpful, and Olivia is doing great with Grandma and PaPa this weekend.  I love how soft Bowen's scalp is, and his furry little seashell ears.  Just loving this little one and enjoying the steady stream of visitors!

A little about his name...
  • Yep, it's different. Bowen is not even in the top 1,000 for any time period, which may explain why I got quizzical looks when I tested it out on unassuming strangers like the old guy bagging my groceries. 
  • I like last names for boys, and Bowen was originally a surname as with Capt. Jeff Bowen, an Asheville NC firefighter who was killed in the line of duty right before we were there this summer.
  • I first heard Bowen used as a given name years ago and kinda tucked it away.  So thank you to our pastor in Delaware, S. Bowen Matthews, a wise and gentle man.
  • Friends of ours had a nephew named Bowen, who was born in April this year and lost a short, heartbreaking battle with PKD. (Full story here.) Hearing his story cemented the name on our short list.
  • My dad, who is a retired airline pilot with a lingering Tidewater Virginia accent, pronounces it "Boeing," which I think is funny. He can't not put a "g" at the end.
  • We're not going to use the nickname Bo.  His name is Bowen, thankyouverymuch.
  • My grandfather was named Elliott, so that's where we got the middle name and its spelling.

5 comments:

melissatalbert said...

Congratulations, Anne! He is beautiful. I like the name. :)

running shoes said...

Yay for photos!!!

matkat said...

Congrats to you and Steve and big sister Olivia!!!
What a cutie and look at all that hair.

WASPY GIRL said...

Very interesting. I"ll write a similar post once we figure out what we're going to "call" our little guy. Hmmmmffff...

Tammy said...

Congrats Anne! What a handsome boy and wonderful name.