“Amanda”….No, Make That “Marshall”

Today, I’m participating in Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop, and this is the prompt I chose:

2.) I almost named my child______, but chose _______ instead because…

And here’s my answer(s):

I almost named my child Amanda Ross, but chose Marshall Glenn instead because: we didn’t think our son would appreciate being named Amanda.

That’s the short version. Here are more details:

When Marshall was born, ultrasounds weren’t as technologically advanced as they are these days, so pre-natal information about the baby’s gender wasn’t so readily available.  Perhaps, if the parents REALLY wanted to know, the doctor or technician could make an “educated guess”, but that didn’t happen in our case.

I just always had the feeling that we would have a daughter. I could picture myself playing Barbie dolls and having tea parties with our little girl. I’d always liked the name Amanda, but was having difficulty choosing a middle name.  One of my great-grandmothers, long deceased before I was born, was named Ross Anna. I’m named after her, sort of. I thought Ross would be a pretty middle name to go with Amanda.

As my pregnancy progressed, I decided that it might be a good idea to come up with a boy’s name – just in case. I bought one of those little baby name books and started browsing. When I came to “Marshall”, I thought that could very well be a possibility. Marshall’s dad agreed, and since “Glenn” is his middle name, we chose that to go with “Marshall”.

At my baby shower. Marshall was born about five hours later

Because of some complications, I had a Caesarean, which was fine with me. Having a healthy baby was all that mattered to us. As I was in recovery, still groggy while waking from the anesthesia, I asked Marshall’s dad if our baby was a boy or girl.

The answer, of course: “a little boy”.

That meant “Marshall Glenn” instead of “Amanda Ross”.  And Super Heroes and Matchbox cars instead of Barbie dolls and tea parties.

And  you know what?  There hasn’t been a single moment that I would have had it any other way.

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24 responses to ““Amanda”….No, Make That “Marshall”

  1. What a sweet story! I’m sure Marshall is glad you didn’t stick with Amanda too….LOL….love the photos: Your baby shower timing was pretty darn CLOSE – and that picture of him playing with his “boy toys” is adorable.

    Pam (and Sam)

  2. This was a great story! I agree – Marshall is probably very pleased with your choice! I had a girl’s name picked out for all 4 of my pregnancies…never got to use it! I thought maybe it was the name that was jinxed…but, as you said, I wouldn’t have it any other way. His little boy photo is just precious!

  3. Cake and then a baby 5 hours later? Wow!

    Come to think of it, I worked the day before I had each one 🙂

    Beautiful story .. you were lovely then and you are lovely now and little Marshall? Heartbreaker. Still has that million dollar smile!


  4. Beautifully written. A sweet story. Adorable pictures of you both!

  5. Gosh, he’s always been a good-lookin’ fella…the name Amanda just wouldn’t suit him at all…

  6. Love this and your storytelling.

    I’m sure Marshall appreciates not being called Amanda too 😉

  7. This is sweet! Like both names. lol Precious pictures of you both.

  8. itsallaboutpurple

    ooohhh i love stories like these…..your story is beautiful!!

  9. Precious. And Amanda definitely wouldn’t suit him 🙂

  10. Great story and we are glad there is a Marshall in our lives. Such a sweet picture of him.

  11. Great story – but my favorite part might be the caption under your baby shower photo – hahaha! You just never know, do you?

    I almost named my youngest Elowyn, which sounded like a gorgeous fairy name through my sea of pregnancy hormones. Then she was born a 10-lb chunk, not very fairy-like. I thought about names pretty much every day of each of my pregnancies, but I guess this sort of thing is why I never could name one of my kids until after they were born. At least we always knew the gender ahead of time, though! 🙂

  12. I desperately wanted a daughter when I found out I was pregnant at the age of 19. I nearly cried when the ultrasound tech told me I was having a boy. The moment he was placed in my arms, I would not have had it any other way! He now has three sisters…and remains my favorite boy EVER!


  13. so sweet.

  14. I’m just fine with “Marshall” ! I was told there’s no nickname for Marshall, but that’s not true: I met an older gentleman named Marshall at Bacon’s Castle one day. I told him it was a fine name, and he said “.. but they call you ‘Marsh’, don’t they? ” 😉

  15. And, yes, we do sometimes call you ‘Marsh’! and I still do, once in a while. And I’m sure if you’d been an ‘Amanda’, you and Connor wouldn’t have fun with all those ‘man-to-man’ talks y’all have!Hugs to both of you….

  16. I liked Mason!

  17. We had Nathan picked for our first if she had been a boy – but by the time we had a boy we were in France, and didn’t like the way that sounded with a French accent. So our son’s name was actually suggested by a cab driver, who thought it sounded good both in French and English! And he was right!

  18. Sweet story, Dianna. He didn’t waste any time getting there after the shower, did he?

  19. Beautiful post, Dianna and lovely, touching story. I have still been overwhelmed with the demands of my life, so I’m so glad I was able to venture out tonight and make a visit here. I hope to be a regular again soon.

  20. Sons and their mothers are pretty tight! Mine has given me new horizons to stretch out across that I don’t think I would have discovered otherwise. And weren’t you the cutie there!

  21. For some reason, this made me think of the song, “A Boy Named Sue” lol I’m sure your son appreciates his name. =)

  22. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Dianna I love this story. I am sure Marshll is very happy with the name he has.

  23. Love the photos! With our daughter, we never came up with a boy’s name we could agree on, and it turned out that we didn’t need to. Same thing happened with our son…picked a boy’s name, and that was what we got. We chose not to learn the sex before the births, so we had all the fun of the surprise on the spot! Sometimes things just work out! It’s obvious you’re a proud mom…good for you, and good for Marshall! ~ Sheila

  24. Great story and fun photos! Marshall is one lucky guy to have you for his mom. We thought our third was surely another girl, but he surprised us by being a boy and we had not chosen a boy’s name at all. 😮

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