So keep in mind that we reserve the right to change his name at anytime until it’s written on that birth certificate (lol).
But I wanted to let everyone know that, as of now, his name is Levi Jackson Todd!
Although we can’t decide if we should spell it Jackson or Jaxson. Jackson/Jaxson is after Josh’s Dad Jack. =)
Levi is a name I loved for Jayden but Josh wasn’t quite sold on it. With this baby he liked it as a possibility. Then I looked up what it means. One website said it means, “Joined together in harmony”.
When I was in 8th grade I had this completely loony Bible teacher who said and did a lot of weird things (lol) but one day she had a guest come and talk to us about pregnancy, raising babies and kids and how much it costs (to discourage premarital sex). One thing this woman said stuck with me forever.
She said, “Within the boundaries of a loving relationship, a baby is made when two people love each other sooooo much, that love actually becomes a physical being. That is what a baby is.” Now, I’m not an idiot. I know babies are not conceived out of love, and some people who love each other almost more than the world can handle can’t get pregnant. But it was a romantic idea that I held onto for years and there is still a part of me that believes, at least in some cases, it’s true. So for me “joined together in harmony” was a perfect description of how I felt a baby was me and my husband joined together.
Then, when the geneticist told us that our coming baby boy has Down syndrome, the first thing she said was, “It’s not genetic, it’s just something that happened. When the egg and sperm met, there was an extra chromosome somewhere, so from the moment this baby was conceived he was this way.” I feel like the name “joined together in harmony” reflects my belief that from the very moment of conception, this baby was joined together exactly as he was meant to be.
With Jayden we didn’t search for a meaning. We just liked the name. And until recently I thought it didn’t have a meaning. But I did find one website that said it’s a variation of the Hebrew name Jadon which means “Thankful”.
So our sons names are Jayden James, “Thankful One Who Supplants” (my favorite definintion of supplant is “to take the place of and serve as a substitute for especially by reason of superior excellence or power”) and Levi Jackson, “Joined Together in Harmony Son of Jack” lol.
So how do you think we should spell the middle name? Vote in my highly official yet subject to be redetermined at any point poll below: