Archive for ‘November, 2011’
Due to the overwhelming responses we’ve been getting (good and bad), I started another blog post. This one I hope gets quoted like the other did but I fear that has left the train– journalists like to rehash what someone else already wrote or talked about, no offense. Still, here’s to expecting more:
To all those who have voiced their opinions positively about our naming our son Dovahkiin, thank you for your kind words and support. To all who have voiced disapproval and scorn, I say only this: We were the bullied. We were teased in school, as many kids were, are, and shall be. But we never became what others wished to change us into. We didn’t conform for the sake of conformity, nor squash our true selves into oblivion (no pun intended). We saw something so special in this contest beyond the monetary and even beyond the fame. It was a statement: “I am me by choice, not by the design of others. I will not be shut down by they.” For those worried of the incessant teasing, don’t be concerned. We all get teased eventually and for nothing at all. Just like his parents, he will survive and even thrive in his own individuality.
As I stated in the other blog post, if in the end the name is too much, he has the choice of going by the middle name Tom, the name of my husband’s step-father who passed away a mere three weeks before Dovahkiin’s arrival. And when he actually reaches school age, what with people online able to call themselves/name themselves anything they wish, will this really be that big a deal for kids? We don’t believe so but only time will tell. And we will always be there for him.
Jade will update everyone more later today, but I thought everyone should know that Mama and baby are doing perfect. The Doctor said it was a perfect delivery.
Dovahkiin Tom Kellermeyer was born at 6:08pm on 11/11/11. He was 8 pounds 1/2 ounce and is 19 1/2 inches long. Our daughter Kyari is very excited to have a baby brother and won’t stop talking about how much he’s going to lover her “Powder Eater.” For those that don’t know a Powder Eater is a little puffball from a game called Culdcept Saga. Jade made it from scratch for Kyari’s birthday.
Normally I’m more eloquent than this, but right now I’m pretty drunk off emotion. It has been a month of extreme highs and extreme lows. We’re all looking forward to the calmness that comes with a newborn child…..heh.
For those payin’ attention to this lil’ blog section, you might have heard I am expecting. I am in fact due on 11/11/11. By the time this posts, I hope my son is willing to stick it out one more day to make it to 11/11/11. What’s so special about that day? What isn’t?! First off, it has the awesome triple like digits. Second, for all the gamers, it is the release date for the long-awaited Skyrim. Third, if our son does make it out on 11/11/11, we are going to name him Dovahkiin. The reason being it is an awesome name… and, yes, it comes with a fantastic prize in Bethesda’s baby-naming contest to coincide with the release of Skyrim. Now, my husband didn’t know of the contest to start with. We conceived long before hearing of it. But it’s been a tough year and I wanted to do something special for my son. My daughter has a unique name. I wanted him to have a unique name as well. I am so picky about boy names that I was having a lot of trouble finding just the right one. We’ve toyed with Dovahkiin and the ramifications of naming a child that name, and that name being based on a video game character (however awesome), and what impact that would have on him. But the more I thought of it, the more I settled on Dovahkiin, contest or no. It helps that we told all our friends and family and very few are opposed to the idea. My mom thought it was neat! He will have a perfectly normal and common middle name if the first name becomes too much for him or us or we just want to call him a nickname (which is incredibly common. My sister went by her middle name for the first 20 years of her life and now chooses to go by her very unusual actual first name. She was incensed for years that we called her a middle name and not her real first name.)
I’ve read several posts on the site and most condemn anyone who would dare name their child such a thing, all for capitalism. Well, I really don’t play many video games (TB plays an ungodly amount though), and I would never name my child a name I found horrible or even terribly mediocre. I think we’re doing a great job with our daughter and will continue to be great parents for our son, too. Naming him something so unique may only have as much effect as any person’s opinion on another. That’s all they are. Opinions. We all have them; most of us voice them. But the ones that matter most are the opinions of your family and, more importantly, the opinion you hold of yourself. I think we can enable a high opinion of himself in our son because we’ve done so and will continue to do so with our daughter. The name won’t change my parenting.
But what if he comes early? Or late? Well, I’m bringing my list of baby names just in case but we really do like the name Dovahkiin. So here’s hoping we can celebrate the birth of our second child in a way that will be just as unique as he is. Did I mention he’d have his own theme song? More coming soon:)