I was doing a digital declutter of my phone files recently, and I came across my baby names list from when I was still pregnant. It was a very short list, and I deleted it without a second thought, but then I thought maybe I'd share the names we'd brainstormed before Gabriel made his grand entrance.

Oddly enough, the name Gabriel wasn't even on the list. I had thrown it out there once, but I don't think either one of us cared enough to actually write it down. I had always maintained a stance about seeing my baby before giving him/her a name. When I was holding him in the hospital, he was looking up at me with those big, wide eyes like a perfect little angel. He was my Gabriel; I just knew it, and J agreed.

Here are some other baby names we considered:

Nova - This was the only girl name on the list. We didn't find out the sex until he was born, and on the off-chance he was a girl (I really wanted a boy but honestly didn't have a feeling either way), we tried coming up with girl names. I was struggling. There wasn't a single name that felt right for a girl in my book, and all the names I thought might fit my baby girl were really more masculine. Mark my words: if I ever have a girl, she'll probably have a boyish-sounding name. "Nova" was all J. He loooovvvvved the name. He felt so strongly that I put it on the list just for him. It didn't strike a cord with me, and I later found out an old friend of mine named her baby girl Nova. I'd like to think our subliminal mom connection blocked that name for me.

Roman - I vaguely remember putting this on the list, but that's probably because it's one of the few names that we both liked. That's it, though. We just liked it - didn't love it.

Orion - We were at the airport on the way back from New York when a little boy was running wild around the terminal. The mom kept shouting "Orion!" and J looked at me like that's it. No, readers, it was not it, but he put it on the list anyway.

William - This is a family name. There are multiple Williams across multiple generations in my family, and God willing, a future son will at least have this as his middle name. It just wasn't a fit for Gabriel. Gabriel was Gabriel.

Caleb - J and I both liked this name. When we chose Gabriel for the first name at the hospital, I remember looking down and asking what the middle name should be. J said Caleb without hesitation, and I asked how he'd spell it. Of course he had to be different and spell it with a 'K.' I was still coming down off the drugs and didn't have the energy to contest, so I just went with it.

(birth story here)

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  1. "No , readers, it was not it" hahah. I remember when I was in elementary school, I was fascinated by what I might have been named (Victoria). This is such a sweet memory, and I'm sure Gabriel will have a ball hearing about this in a few years!

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  2. This makes me think of my mom and dad telling me how I almost was named "Sonia or Samantha" instead of "Setarra". They knew they wanted my name to start with an S but weren't sure which one of the three to choose. My mom also knew right away when I was born that I should be "Setarra". Mother's instinct for the win. I may be a little biased since my brother's name is Gabriel (he goes by Gabe these days) and my cousin's name is Gabrielle (she goes by Gabby) but I love that you chose this name your handsome baby boy. :) xo

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    1. i had no idea that was your brother’s name. IT’S SUCH A DARN GOOD NAME. ❤️

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  3. Making sure to keep these in mind if there's a little boy that enters the world in August 2020. ;) ;) ;)

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    1. MA’AM! do not play with my heart if you’re not saying what i think (read: hope) you’re saying!!!

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  4. I loooove the name "Nova," but it means "broken," basically, in Spanish ("no va" is, like, "doesn't go"), & because my last name is Kaput, which ALSO means broken, I feel like this is one I can never use. Ha!

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    1. 🤯

      i never knew that. Nova Kaput sounds very cute though!

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