Friday, May 27, 2011

Mama La Vida Lanka: Don't Call Me Baby

I’ve been down in the dumps because of the excruciating pain of my morning sickness (more like all-day sickness).  I now know how it feels to be s*it.  It really is like that.  And no matter what everyone says, NOTHING HELPS.  Salt, nope.  Sweets, nope.  Not thinking about it, nope.  But they say (or are they just making us feel better?) it is a good indicator or even predictor that baby will develop normally.  So I decided that the best way to deal with it is to be with it, accept it, cry over it – in other words, just ride it.  It will end at one point anyways. 

Until that time I would just like to refocus on happy thoughts.  One of the things parents-to-be decide on are potential baby names.  Being me, I wanted that settled fast!  I’m sure we will have many other decisions to make along the way so better get the “easy” ones out of the way.  Plus quite a number of my family and friends are already asking.  So here’s a quick preview.

We had a few considerations:

1)   Like my mom, I believe that what you name your child, s/he will grow to live up to his/her name.  So the meaning should definitely be a key factor in choosing baby’s name.
2)   I like the traditional Filipino touch to one’s name – it adds character and is quite unique.  I had to beg hubby to “allow” me to actually use this!
3)   I also like the celestial and I want to have a partner in the sky – at least in name!

So here are what hubby and I have decided on.  One option for girl, and one for boy.  

Is baby a boy or a girl? Photo courtesy of
If our baby is a boy, we would name him Andreas Datu.  Andreas is of Greek origin and means “manly.”  Datu is chief in Filipino.  I like how aspirational Datu as a name is.  And how it connotes leadership. Then when you put them together: A manly chief – so macho! I can already see him sporting a long wavy hair, running in the field and leading a soccer or rugby team.  Hot, hot, hot!  That’s our boy!

If our baby is a girl, she would be Luna Isabelle.  Luna has Latin origin and means “moon.”  The mom is the star, the baby girl is the moon lighting up the life of everyone around them – most especially the hubby / dad.  Isabelle is Hebrew in origin, also a variant of Elizabeth.  It means “God’s promise or God is my oath.”  How beautiful, right?  Hubby and I have wanted a child of our own.  Being pregnant after just a few months of trying is truly a blessing.

So whether baby be a boy or a girl, we already have a name!  What do you think? 

Note: After 6 months and a dose of creative inspiration, I've changed the series title from Mommy Diaries to Mama La Vida Lanka :-) 


  1. I'm good with the names. Very smart of you to put in a normal name with a unique one.



  2. Of course! I have a normal name and a unique one too ;-)

    And YOU are the artist one... you I'm sure you'll think of better, weirder, "more awesomer" names! HAHAHAHA!

    Comments like this make me miss you more! Argh!

  3. I like Andreas... but not so sure about Datu. I know I'm from Mindanao so I should like it... I'll explain to you on skype nlang hehe. But it shouldn't matter because it really should be the name YOU one elses. I love unique names (like yours and mine)...though for Filipino guys I've always liked Kawayan (I met him in his exhibit in he is a super brilliant young filipino artist). But yeah it's hard to pull off hehe. Gabi doesn't like it. But mas malala pa the dad - his name is Kidlat Tahimik. =D

  4. Diplowife! Haha! Sige tell me :-)


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...