Now of course you are wondering what the story is behind both of these names, so here they are...
Lets start with BUSTER. Jeremiah really wanted to give our baby, if a boy, his grandfathers name. The day we found out that we were having a boy it became official that his middle name would be in honor of his maternal grandfather. We were calling friends and family and telling them the exciting news and when Jeremiah called his grandparents in Texas he told his grandfather that we were going to give our little boy a middle name that honored him, his name is Louie Woody (nickname Buster). Jeremiah asked his grandfather which name he would like best for us to use, Louie, Woody or Buster and his grandfather responded, "Well I sure do like Buster" and that was it. I will admit, I had some strong hesitations but what was I to do since he had basically promised to his grandfather just minutes after we found out that we were having a boy that his middle name would be Buster; I thought that maybe we'd discuss it first. Well, I didn't really say anything but a few days later at dinner with some siblings, we were all teasing Jeremiah, later that evening when we got home I told him that I was sorry that we were teasing him and that we would discuss the middle name Buster. Then, completely out of character for Jeremiah, he looked straight at me and said, "Sally, there is Nothing to discuss", not in a mean way or angry way, just really matter of fact. Right then and there I was sold, if he felt that strongly about it and loved it that much then I loved it too. You see, Jeremiah is very strong willed about certain things in life (faith, family, morals) but usually he lets me make decisions and pretty much goes along with what I want. You know, "honey what color should we paint" his response "what ever you want"..."Miah, do you want to go to Italy or Bahamas for our honeymoon?" his response "what ever you want". So when he told me that there was no discussing this, I knew it meant a lot to him and that Buster was set in stone. Of course some people still give us a hard time about it but it has really grown on me and I am excited to name our little boy after a man that is very important to Jeremiah. His grandfather was really the person that instilled Jeremiah's faith in him and both of his grandparents really mean a lot to him so I will be honored to have a son named after such an important person to our family.
As far as Eli goes, I was pretty sure that I wanted to pick something simple yet unique. I wanted a name that was not overly used but of course that went with the middle name Buster. I played with lots of names that I had always thought about but none seemed to fit. Then one day I heard the name Eli, not sure where I heard it but it kind of clicked and felt like it fit. It even works out that Eli is a Biblical name, although Eli in the Bible ends up falling off a rock and breaking his neck but we won't dwell on that part, so it fits with the name Jeremiah and all of his brothers names (Jesse, David, James, Joshua). I am very excited to have picked out a name and it is just one more step to meeting our precious little boy.
P.S. thanks for all the kind comments, I really am fine and while the anxiety comes and goes a little, lately it is more concentrated on this weekends wedding. I just want to get through these weddings and be in September :). I really do think it just has to do with what ever is going on at the moment but it is not that serious, I just thought I would share and see if it was "of the norm". I am still very much enjoying myself and my pregnancy and I think I even felt the baby kick on my hand this morning, I may have been totally imagining it but I really think I did.
P.P.S I am 19 weeks today so hopefully I will take a 19 week picture tonight and get it posted soon, lets be realistic, next week. I have flowers waiting to be made right now, a wedding to set up tomorrow, my wonderful friend Lisa's 30th birthday tomorrow and Easter on Sunday. But you never know, maybe I will stay up late tonight and post a pic ;)