Anna Marie Mendolo
I’ve never been able to commit naming a baby before he or she was born. Sometimes I wish I could have picked out a name while our children were still in utero, but as much as I loved our babies even before they were born I couldn’t envision them and thus I couldn’t give them a name. Before Anna was born we had a short list of five or so of our favorite names to pick from. Anna wasn’t on it. I can’t even recall having discussed the name Anna during my pregnancy. And yet, a few hours after she was born, Jeff held our new perfect baby girl in his arms and asked, “What about Annie?” The name immediately made me smile and after calling our new baby girl all the names on our list and then some for a day or so at a time we kept coming back to Annie. As much as I love Annie, I wanted a more elegant name for our daughter and after considering all the names which could possibly use Annie as a nickname we kept coming back to Anna; simple, classic and a reminder of my sister, Sara Ann. Funnily enough, now a week into naming her I call her Anna far more often than Annie; so much do I love her name.
And besides her winner of a name, I have three winners of the guess the baby’s birthday, birth time, and birth weight contest:
Luke wins the birthday with his guess of November 21st – only one day off!
Grandma Linda wins the birth time with her guess of 5:30 am – 14 minutes early!
Jane (Djuana) wins the birth weight with her guess of 7 pounds, 4 ounces – just 4 ounces too light!
Now the winners must choose between grape jelly, tomato jam, jalapeno-fig jam, or mulberry jam for their prizes. Just email me your address and your jam choice and Anna and I will send or deliver it to you.