georgia grace lopatka

Thursday, March 14, 2013

your mama's 20 week bump


Georgia Grace Lopatka,
I am so excited to share your name. I know a lot of people keep their baby’s name secret until they arrive, but not one ounce of your mama wanted to do that. Partly because I’m terrible at secrets, but mostly because I am just so excited about your sweet name. There is no doubt in my mind you are a Georgia. Your daddy and I have had you named for awhile too – even before you were conceived. Crazy huh? We’ve thought about you that much and for that long. You’ve already been nicknamed Gigi and you’re not even here yet!

your pop pop, daddy and g-daddy
But little one I want you know what your name means and why it is so close to my heart. It starts with Georgia. You see those men up there? The best three men I know right there. Their hearts? All pure gold. The middle one is your daddy – and oh how he loves you so already. The other two are you grandfathers – George Harrison Dodson, Jr. and George Anthony Lopatka (Tony). That's Pop Pop and G-Daddy to you missy. They would do anything for your daddy and I and I know they will do the same for you. Those two George’s will hang the moon in your eyes, just like they do mine.

your dad and your g-daddy way back when
Your G-Daddy helped shape your daddy into the daddy he will be to you – a kind daddy, a loving daddy and a daddy that takes time to teach you things you need to know. Your G-Daddy will reason with you and show how to make good choices. He’ll take you to get ice cream on a Sunday afternoon, probably at Sahara and he will read and play with you with patience like I’ve never seen.  I hear he even does puppet shows!

your mama and your pop pop way back when
Your Pop Pop is the reason your mama is the way she is today too. And let me tell you, I was (still am) a daddy’s girl. I have a feeling my apple won’t fall far from my tree either. Your Pop Pop will help you solve your problems even when they seem too big to solve. He’ll dance with you around the kitchen (don’t worry he’ll let you stand on his feet) and rock you until you fall asleep no matter how long it takes. He’ll bring you and all of your friends Chick-fil-A at lunch just so he can be involved. He will teach you how to throw a football with joy in his eyes, but lovingly sit through 4 of the same 3-hour dance recitals waiting with flowers.


Georgia – these are great men. Rare men. And every time I think about what they will teach you and show you my heart melts into a big ole’ puddle. So my sweet one you are named Georgia after these men – your G-Daddy and Pop Pop.
And your middle name, Grace – well sweet girl – the Lord has shown your mama so much grace – through pregnancy, through marriage and through my stubborn soul. He has shown me grace when I do not deserve it. When I try to take back “control” and do things “my way”, God always answers with grace. And this is something I hope to always do with you. I pray I will always show you grace and even more, that you will show me grace as well. I’m not perfect and this whole motherhood thing scares me. But with love, forgiveness and grace – sweet grace – I think we can figure it out.
I love you.
Love, mama
PS - You grandfathers and your daddy were all college athletes so you better believe you’ll have some tomboy in you. I just know you will be able to rock a backwards hat with the best of em, and sit through hours of college football in your Demon Deacon best… just like your mama :)


18 comments :

Aubrey said...

Such a sweet post.... And oh my word, what a beautifully precious name! Oh, and you are just adorable by the way!!

Marshall said...

I am laughing outloud because both of those names are two of the top runners in our girl names!! Great minds think alike, my friend... too too funny.

nicole said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE her name!!!!!! It's so sweet - just like she's going to be :) We're still keeping Bebe Stud's name a secret until he arrives...everyone keeps trying to trick me into revealing it :)

Celeste said...

What a beautiful name! And the meaning behind it... Wow! I think you had me crying by the first paragraph! So excited for both of you. You're going to make some stellar parents and raise one amazing lady!

Katie Cook said...

MELT me! This is pretty much the cutest name ever with the most precious meaning behind it. Girl, you amaze me and your little Georgia peach is going to be one loved baby, that's for sure!!!

k8te said...

this is the sweetest post! what a tribute to your fathers. and what a BEAUTIFUL name! so perfect!

Alexa said...

What a beautiful name y'all have chosen for your lucky baby girl! My mom still tells me ALL the time that she often wishes she'd gone with her gut and named me Georgia, despite us being Tennesseeans ;)

I think Georgia is such a beautiful, charming name, and actually my grandfather and dad are both named George, too! (Sr. & Jr., so my dad goes by his middle name.)

Genna said...

I absolutely love that names. Names with meaning always mean the most. And as I read her name I thought, oh Gigi would be the cutest nickname! And sure enough, you guys already recognized it :) little Georgia is so loved already <3

Amy@eatsleepdecorate said...

Love the name...it is perfect! I love the meaning behind it and makes me tear up reading this. You are going to be the best momma! Thanks for sharing your stories and your heart.

Jessica said...

Love Georgia Grace. Such a beautiful name and even better when it has meaning behind it! I don't think I'd be able to keep it a secret either : )

Britt @ The Magnolia Pair said...

Oh my goodness, her name is Beautiful!! I love the symbolism behind it, that is really really sweet & special! She is going to be so loved :)

Kelly Slater said...

Oh my gosh, this is so sweet! And, I absolutely love her name! Beautiful, no doubt! Keeping it a secret would be so hard. We didn't either. :o)

Mrs. H said...

What a beautiful name and such a wonderful story behind it!

Natalie | Mrs. Janney | said...

LOVE the name!! And of course the story behind it. :)

And you look beautiful in your bump picture. I'm completely jealous since I'm a swollen mess. :)

Liz said...

You have me crying with this post! What a sweet, cute name, and the story behind it is beautiful! Your daughter is going to be so blessed. I absolutely love this! xo

Sheila@TheFailteHouse said...

This is so beautiful Denise! I love your 1st letter to her and her new name.... especially how you put so much beautiful though into it and tied it with family. Can't wait to see pics of this backwards hat wearing baby ;)

Elle said...

I was teary all through this post. Sweet, sweet name and what a blessed little girl Georgia will be!

Mallory at Beautiful Things said...

Nise just reading this and it's so precious. Can't wait to meet sweet little Georgia Grace. Her momma is gonna love her to pieces and show her how to love and demonstrate grace to all those in her circle.

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