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Celebrate Your Name Week: Cool Daddy


March 6-12 is Celebrate Your Name Week! I figured I’d celebrate by discussing the names of our cast of characters here at Coolest Family on the Block. I told you about how Muppet got his name and how Adaline got her name and why I spell it wrong. And now, the name you’ve all been waiting for…Cool Daddy!

Cool Daddy is my husband. He has a real name. No, his real name is not Cool Daddy. No, I will not tell you his real name. No, I do not call him Cool Daddy in real life even if he’d probably like it if I did.

Why don’t I tell you Cool Daddy’s real name? Because it’s my blog and I can do what I want and just for good measure…because I said so. I use my real name on the blog and I use our daughter’s real name on the blog. Cool Daddy actually doesn’t care if you know his name. I’m the one trying to keep it a secret. And it’s not a huge secret, really, because if anyone did just a teensy bit of detective work, they could find out his name quite easily. Nonetheless my lips keyboard is sealed.

The real reason I don’t want my husband’s real life “identity” revealed is because of his job. He’s a superhero a spy a secret agent man a ninja a ballerina a telemarketer a politician the real creator of Windows Vista a near-sighted gynecologist Charlie Sheen (“duh, winning!”)…okay, okay…so he’s not any of those things. But honestly if I told you I’d have to kill you…which we all know would take foreva since my blog is soooo popular, and I just don’t have that kind of time. I just think it would be best for all of us to keep his name and occupation off of things just in case. Besides “Cool Daddy” is a sah-weet name.

If it makes you feel any better you can…
Suggest alternative names and occupations for Cool Daddy in the comment section!

Other “Celebrate Your Name Week” Posts:
+How Muppet got his name
+How Adaline got her name
+The meaning of Adaline’s name and why I spell it wrong
+Why Cool Daddy’s Name is a Secret
+How we named Jordan The naming of a baby we lost to miscarriage

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Celebrate Your Name Week: Adaline (Part 2)


March 6-12 is Celebrate Your Name Week! I figured I’d celebrate by discussing the names of our cast of characters here at Coolest Family on the Block. I told you about how Muppet got his name and how Adaline got her name.
Today I’d like to tell you about the meaning of Adaline’s name and why I spell it “wrong”.

Before I continue telling you about how/why Adaline got her name, I’m going to take a moment to tell you how we pronounce it. Adaline is said exactly how it is spelled Add-ah-line. It is not Ay-da nor is it linn or leen. All those versions of the name are pretty, but we use the classic pronunciation of Add-ah-line.
Okay, moving on…

I’d always wanted to give my kids Bible names. I’m not really sure why, I just liked the idea of it and the Bible contains some really beautiful timeless names (and some really weird ones too). While I was looking up Biblical names I kept seeing the name “Adah” and I thought that it was really pretty. I felt that “Adah” had the same appeal as Ava, Ella, Emma, and other two-syllable names that end with the “ah” sound. My husband didn’t like it. I think he thought it sounded like an old lady or something. I knew I probably wouldn’t just name my daughter “Adah” especially since I was still hanging on to “Hannah” at the time. When my husband brought up the name “Adeline” while looking through a baby book, not only did I find the full name beautiful but right away I thought about the nickname “Ada”.

Since the meaning of the name was something that was important to me, I began researching the name Adeline and other versions/spellings of the name. Repeatedly I found that Adeline means noble, nobility, of the noble sort, and sometimes kind. I thought that these were all great meanings, so I thought I’d dig a little deeper. I’m a bit obsessive in my researching and this was no different. I decided to research the name Ada into the depths of the internet until my search engine was screaming for mercy. I was thrilled with what I found. I loved that all of the meanings were nice and lovely and I loved that there were 13 different meanings for the name in 13 different countries! In parts of Africa the name means “firstborn daughter”, which was perfect! Many of the websites showed the pronunciation of “Ay-da” while others showed “Aa-da” and some showed both. I decided to change the spelling from Adeline to Adaline so that she would have the prefix of the name “Ada” which has so many wonderful meanings. Also then it wouldn’t be so much of a stretch to use “Ada” for a nickname.

Below is a list of the meanings and origins of the name “Ada” along with links to the sources.

ADALINE/ ADELINE
MEANINGS: Noble, Nobility

ADA
MEANINGS: Brightness, Beautiful, Adorned, Adornment, Ornament, Noble, Kind, Oldest/First Daughter, Wealthy, Prosperous, Happy, Sweet, Pleasant, Joyful

ORIGINS: Hebrew / Biblical, African, Germanic, French, Greek, Danish, American, Polish, Hungarian, Romanian, Teutonic, English, Hawaiian

+Hebrew / Biblical: Brightness, Beautiful, Adorned, Adornment
+African: First Daughter, Oldest Daughter
+Germanic: Noble, kind, of the noble sort
+French, Greek, Danish: Noble, Nobility
+American, Polish, Hungarian, Romanian: Noble, kind
+Teutonic: Happy
+English: Prosperous; happy, Wealthy, Happy
+Hawaiian: Happy, Ornament
+Other Meanings: Sweet, Pleasant, Joyful

Origins of Ada
(I’ve edited this due to length. To read the entire text please go here http://www.babynamespedia.com)
1: Ada has its origins in the Germanic language. It is used largely in the English, German, Hungarian, Polish, and Romanian languages. Derived from the word
adal meaning ‘noble, honorable’. The name was born in the 4th century by the sister of Mausolus, the builder of the first mausoleum, and by a 7th-century abbess in France. The name was introduced from Germany to English speakers in the late 18th century. It later became popular in the 19th century, during which Lord Byron gave the name to his daughter Ada, Countess of Lovelace (1815-1852), a prominent mathematician and patron of Charles Babbage the inventor of the early mechanical computer. The computer language Ada was later named after her.
2: Ada’s language of origin is Hebrew. Biblical name: In the Old Testament of the Bible, a number of women were named Adah, with various meanings such as ‘ornament’ and ‘brightness’.

Another reason I chose the name Adaline over Hannah was because of the song “Sweet Adeline”. I love Barbershop Quartet music and it’s a pretty song and I thought it would be neat to be able to sing this song to her.

In conclusion (for both posts) Adaline got her name because:
1. Daddy found it in a baby book
2. I liked the “old fashioned” name and the barbershop quartet song about it
3. It’s not too popular and trendy like many similar names
4. It’s not too different and sounds similar to other names that are popular (Addison, Madeline)
5. It has a lovely meaning.
6. The prefix and nickname “Ada” is a Bible name that can also be found in 12 other countries with 13 different beautiful meanings including “firstborn daughter”.
7. It’s perfect 🙂

So, at the risk of now making the name more trendy and popular…don’t you want to name your daughter Adaline as well?! 😉

Does your child’s name have a special meaning?
Tell me in the comments!

Be sure to stop back tomorrow when I’ll be talking about the name of our most mysterious family member…Cool Daddy!

Other “Celebrate Your Name Week” Posts:
+How Muppet got his name
+How Adaline got her name
+The meaning of Adaline’s name and why I spell it wrong
+Why Cool Daddy’s Name is a Secret
+How we named Jordan The naming of a baby we lost to miscarriage

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Celebrate Your Name Week: Adaline (Part 1)


March 6-12 is Celebrate Your Name Week! I figured I’d celebrate by discussing the names of our cast of characters here at Coolest Family on the Block. Yesterday I told you about how our furbaby, Muppet, got his name.
Today we’ll talk about naming Adaline.

My baby bump has a sinister handlebar mustache. Don't be jealous.

At some point during our relationship Cool Daddy and I discussed what we’d name our daughter if we had one in the future. I’m not sure exactly how it all came about, but we’d both decided that we liked the name Rebecca Paige.
We had it settled.

Time went on and on and on…and I still wasn’t getting pregnant. It took 4 ½ years of unexplained infertility before we conceived our first baby. I started looking through baby name books and searching online. I’m not really sure if I was actually looking for a name or if I just felt that it was a rite of passage that I wanted to indulge in. Although I’d never really thought about it before, now that I was pregnant the meaning of the name became very important to me. I had already felt myself letting go of Rebecca, but once I read the meaning of the name* I was pretty sure it wasn’t for me. I felt very strongly about naming the baby Hannah if it were a girl. I’d always wanted a Biblical name and now I really related to Hannah. My husband and I thought Hannah Grace would be the perfect name for our little girl (Coincidentally Hannah also means “grace”).
Just before 12 weeks I lost the baby.

Three months later I was pregnant again. Once again I began looking in baby name books and searching online. I’m not sure why. We’d already chosen names during the last pregnancy. Still I felt myself letting go of Hannah Grace. I think part of it was because it was a name I was considering for the other baby and I just felt a little uncomfortable using it for this baby. One day while my husband and I were looking through baby name books he said, “What about Adeline? That’s pretty isn’t it?” I told him, “I love Adeline! Great pick, honey!” And I put it on my short list. I was still searching but from that moment on the baby was “Adeline” to my husband. Part of me wanted to keep both Adeline and Hannah and then decide once I saw the baby. In my mind Adaline had blue eyes and blond hair like me while Hannah had brown hair and brown eyes like her daddy. Somewhere around 34 weeks I had made up my mind.
Her name would be Adaline and here is why…

I loved the name Hannah but I felt like it was becoming too popular. Everyone seemed to be named Hannah (along with many other names that I liked including Emma, Ella, Isabella, and Ava). Because of that it seemed like the significance of the name would be lost in a sea of other Hannahs. I know a little about having a popular name (says the Jennifer from the 80s with a sister named Jessica). Then there’s Hannah Montana. I don’t have any problem with the show, but it can be a little irritating if as soon as you say “Hannah” someone thinks (or says) “Montana!”. And then one time my sister referred to the baby as “Hannah Banana”, and while that’s a cute little nickname…I know my sister. She would’ve started calling the child that all of the time and getting her everything with bananas and monkeys on it. It would’ve been overkill. So that’s why I didn’t name her Hannah. (I still love the name, though, so please do not let my hang ups stop you from naming your daughter Hannah. It’s a lovely name!).

I did name her Adaline because it’s a beautiful name. I also loved that it wasn’t popular, however, similar names like Addison and Madeline are popular. This would mean that plucking the name Adaline out of the early 20th century wouldn’t seem as foreign with similar sounding names being popular. She would also have the option of going by Adaline and being a little more unique or going by Addy like the other Addy’s and Maddy’s she’ll likely encounter. (There was no way to make Jennifer more unique. Unless you go by Lola, which isn’t Jennifer at all actually…so it doesn’t count.). We gave her the middle name “Rose” simply because I thought it sounded beautiful (and roses are my favorite flower, but it has nothing to do with the name selection). Other middle names that we considered were Grace, Joy, and Jayne.

Tomorrow I will tell you about the meaning of Adaline’s name including why I spell her name wrong 🙂

*Meaning of the name Rebecca: To bind, to ensnare, tied, captivating, knotted chord
(I still think Rebecca is a beautiful name 🙂 )

How did you choose your child’s name?
Tell me your story in the comments!

Other “Celebrate Your Name Week” Posts:
+How Muppet got his name
+How Adaline got her name
+The meaning of Adaline’s name and why I spell it wrong
+Why Cool Daddy’s Name is a Secret
+How we named Jordan The naming of a baby we lost to miscarriage

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Celebrate Your Name Week: Muppet


March 6-12 is Celebrate Your Name Week! I figured I’d celebrate by discussing the names of our cast of characters here at Coolest Family on the Block.
Today I’ll tell you how Muppet got his name.

Muppet (right) shortly after we brought him home. (Don't mind my hair, I once was an 8 year old boy.)

Muppet was 4 months old when we brought him home in August 2004. He was a fluffy white ball of shaggy fur that looked a little crazy and wild like Einstein or Doc Brown from Back to the Future. Back to the Future is my absolute favorite movie of all time so we considered naming him Doc. It didn’t take me long to change my mind. Despite his wild white hair he still had a “baby face” and the name Doc just seemed too old for him.

Muppet December 2004 (8 months old)

Sticking with the BTTF theme we thought we’d try “Marty” which was definitely more youthful. My husband spent an entire day taking care of the puppy and calling him Marty. All day long I thought about how he almost didn’t look real (the dog, not my husband). He looked like a stuffed animal or a puppet. In fact, he looked like a Muppet. He looked as if Jim Henson had created him and he had a fun, sweet personality that made you believe he could start talking to you at any moment. I’ve always been a big fan of The Muppets and the name seemed to fit him perfectly. When Cool Daddy came home with the puppy that day I said, “His name is Muppet.” “I’ve been calling him Marty all day!” he said, but he agreed with me. It would already be embarrassing enough to have a giant 6’3 man walking a tiny white dog that would look like a living cotton ball on a string…why not name him Muppet too?! (At least I didn’t want to name him “Smooches”.) And that was that. We got him registered with the official name of Muppet Puppet (plus our last name). People mishear us when we say his name (do we lack annunciation?!) and often think his name is Muffin, Muffet, or Moppet. Umm, no. He’s acquired many nicknames over the years including Mr. Muppet, Muppety-Mupp, Muppy Puppy, Bubba, Bubbaloo, and Mupp. Quite often we just call him “buddy”.

When we got Muppet we were told that he was a full bred Maltese (he had “papers” and everything) but as his fur grew in it didn’t look like Maltese fur. It was long and white like it should be, but it was fluffier, not as silky, and it just wouldn’t lay down…if puffed up and out. Grooming him became an impossible task and we started getting him shaved. Now his signature “Muppet” fur that inspired his name is all gone. I can still see the Muppet in him, in his eyes and in the way he cocks his head to one side.

Muppet throughout the years during various stages of furriness

While writing about how my Muppet got his name I was curious to find out how The Muppets got their name. Here’s what Wikipedia had to say:

The word “Muppet” itself first appeared in 1956, and was said by Henson to have been created by combining the words “Marionette” and “puppet”. However, Henson was also known to have stated that it was just something he liked the sound of, and he made up the “marionette/puppet” story while talking to a journalist because it sounded plausible.

More information about the word’s origin can be found here.

Here are some dog Muppets I found on muppet.wikia.com
Rufus, Dermot, Foo Foo, Muppy, Barkley, Dog and Foo Foo.

Dog Muppets (All photos can be found through links on this page http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Dogs)

How did you choose your pet’s name?
Tell me your story in the comments!

Other “Celebrate Your Name Week” Posts:
+How Muppet got his name
+How Adaline got her name
+The meaning of Adaline’s name and why I spell it wrong
+Why Cool Daddy’s Name is a Secret
+How we named Jordan The naming of a baby we lost to miscarriage

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The Invasion of the Kangaroos


I’m a picky mom. By that I mean that I like to pick. At my child. Or other people’s children. Or the dog. Or myself. I pick at cradle cap, or ear wax, or boogies, or whatever might be on my child that shouldn’t be there all the time. I can’t stand seeing dirty ears or a dirty nose, so I make sure that they’re clean. All.of.the.time.

I come by it honestly, I suppose, since my mom is a picker too. She couldn’t stand blemishes on people’s faces or at least any blemish that had a head on it (thank goodness I had really good skin!). I still have a pock mark on the bridge of my nose from a time that she attacked a particularly stubborn white head. It was a little more traumatic considering that I was 11 years old at the time and quite capable of popping my own pimples. But enough about that…

It’s gotten more difficult to clean Adaline’s ears and nose since she’s older now and she’s onto me. One day when I wanted to clean her ears, I looked inside one and said, “Oh my, Adaline! I think…maybe there’s a monkey in your ear! Is there a monkey in your ear…let me see?!” and I made monkey noises. She still didn’t like it, but she let me in there for a quick sweep. Then when I wanted to grab some boogies out of her nose I said that I was checking for kangaroos and then I make a “Boing” sound, because, you know…that’s what kangaroos sound like (duh). She thinks this is funny, so the boogie picking has gotten much easier lately. Now she’ll even point to her nose and say “Rock-a-rose” (which is her word for kangaroo and coincidentally also her word for Ring Around the Rosie), and then she’ll say “Ding!” (which is her word for boing). Sure, other people might think she’s a little crazy. Or maybe they think that I’m the crazy one. Either way, the kangaroo thing works for us.

So after that thrilling history of why “kangaroos” live in our noses I’m here to tell you that the kangaroos have invaded. Yesterday Adaline woke up with a runny nose 😦 She otherwise seems healthy and happy (no cough or fever, still eating and pottying normally). Her nose is still runny today. My poor little princess has liquid kangaroos running out of her nose constantly. I’m really hoping this doesn’t hang on for too long. Aside from the fact that I just don’t want her to be sick, Adaline is supposed to be getting dedicated at church this Sunday and I’d really hate for her to be all sick and snotty for the whole thing.

Adaline's red, snotty nose (post wipe) 😦

As if the running of the kangaroos wasn’t bad enough both hubby and I woke up with sore throats today. I can’t say that I’m thrilled about it considering how things went the last time I woke up with a sore throat. My tongue is sore, like it feels bruised or something. Imagine how it feels when you bite the side or back of your tongue while you sleep…except your whole tongue hurts instead just that one spot. It’s weird. Hubby is all congested and I have a touch of a runny nose myself.

Since Adaline isn’t feeling well she gets a little more cuddly after one good burst of energy (running around the room screaming nonsense), so she’s wanted me to read to her all day today. That’s really sweet and I’m glad that she has such an interest in books, but considering that my throat and tongue hurt I’m really not down with all of the talking today. Nonetheless I’ve read to her anyway. Lately she’s become quite fond of Dr. Seuss’s “A B C” book and I’ve read that several times today. I just laid her down for a nap and I’m hoping that I don’t get a bunch of phone calls that would require me to, ya know, talk. I’m sure that my husband is disappointed that he’s working today and missing all of my (attempted) silence. Better luck next time, buddy!

I don’t know where the kangaroos will take us. I don’t know how long they’ll stay or if they’ll kick up a fuss while they’re here. Needless to say I can’t get much blogging accomplished since I’m wiping a runny nose every 3.5 seconds. Hopefully they’ll leave very soon and we can get back to our regular scheduled programming (whatever that was).

G’day, mates!

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SITStah’s…Stop here first!


***There’s been a little confusion and I just want to point out that I’m only the featured blogger today…I am NOT the designer that will redesign your blog (and everyone lets out a big sigh of relief after noticing the mess that my blog is). Mariah from Jula Studio is the designer that you could potentially win a new blog design from! (Congratulations, Cheryl, on winning the blog design!) Again, I repeat it is definitely NOT ME as I have no idea what I’m doing and would love a blog redesign of my own. Best of luck to you all!***

Oh my goodness! I can’t even believe this! How about I thought that my SITS day was TOMORROW the 15th and it’s not and I didn’t even put up my post or anything! TODAY is actually my SITS day! And I’m a little, um, unprepared. I don’t know what day it is! I can’t believe it…I feel so stupid!
So give me some time to set up my post…Christmas Jammie fun is on it’s way I promise.
(It’s here now!)

I managed to slap this post up real quick before realizing that the baby had just pooped…seriously. On top of that she’s totally attached to me today and won’t give me a moment to, well, do what I’m doing now. For TOMORROW I had a babysitter lined up so that I could spend all day long exchanging witty comments with other clever bloggers. I used to be totally on top of things and then I had a baby and my brain fell out of my ear and never came back. Oh, planning and preparation my frenemy. How you mock me so.

Here’s the deal…I want to blog about making family life fun, traditions, holidays, birthdays, making things special…whatever you want to call it (oh, I’m too frazzled to be eloquent right now). But the truth is that a good bit of the time I blog about my life as a mama and all that jazz. I like to think that I’m funny, but that’s open for debate.

So, here we are…my blog. I’m far from perfect and today it’s really showing. Welcome to motherhood. It smells like poop. And sunshine…don’t forget about the sunshine.

(Oh yeah, and WELCOME and stuff…)

Now let’s pretend none of that ever happened and move on to the post that I’m supposed to have up for you…10 Ways to Shake Up Your Christmas Pajamas Tradition…enjoy!

My Goose Tribe
(Take the time to visit these ladies when you get the chance, they’re pretty awesome!):
Anne: Homeschooling 911
Brandy: Spotted Smiles
Brook: Mattew 5 Verse 6 for Women
Donna: Donna Perugini Children’s Author (Check out her books for great Christmas gifts!)
Heidi: Wonder Woman Wannabe
Jules: Mommy Ramblings
Kelly: God Bless Kelly’s Home
Kristy: Learning as they Grow
Missy: Are you there God? It’s Me.
Nisha: New Wife Memoirs
Rebecca: What Beautiful Feet You Have
Retha: Mommy Bee Wisdom
Sarita: Lone Tater
Shannon: Mom Improvement
Tonya: Homeschool Mom’s World

P.S. If you’ve made it all the way to the bottom of this post you are a patient person, and I thank you. I shall give you a virtual hug and then we shall sway and sing. I’m going to be interested in having some guest bloggers soon. If you’d be interested in putting a family-friendly post on my blog please email me at coolfamilyblog (at) yahoo (dot) com and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can! Thanks a bunch 🙂


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