Baby Girl’s Name Announcement

When Jake and I found out that we were expecting, we both were certain that I was having a baby boy. I had a gut feeling that I would have all boys because I’m so girly. Truthfully we have no preference on the gender, we just want a healthy baby. All babies are miracles and we are so blessed to be pregnant. Since we were convinced we were having a boy, we had our boy name picked out early on in my pregnancy. We got the surprise on Halloween that we’re having a baby girl. Jake wasn’t too opinionated on girl names and mostly left it to me. He did have a strong opinion of disliking a couple of names, but luckily they were not names I was seriously considering. It’s funny how having a bad experience with a particular person can ruin a name for you.

Probably about a week after we found out we were having a girl, I threw out her two name options that I loved. By Christmas we finally committed to a name and it felt right. I’m excited to finally announce that our baby girl will be named Scarlett Victoria Byers. I’ve always loved the name Scarlett since I was a little girl. I wanted something that was southern, elegant, feminine and slightly unique (although Scarlett is now on the top 100 names). Jake’s favorite girl name was Victoria, but he loves Scarlett too. I decided combining the two names was perfect for us.

It feels so good to not have her name a secret anymore. There have been many times I’ve almost slipped up and said it on here. Also a few times I’ve had to rearrange decor with her name, so it doesn’t get spoiled in photos and Instagram stories. My original plan was to try to wait and save the announcement for when she was born. I worried about changing my mind, but we’ve been really set since probably November and the name just feels right. I’ve been too excited to not share.  My Oklahoma baby shower had her name on a lot of decor and I decided I didn’t want to have to wait to share until after she’s born. This content will be coming soon. It’s also exactly 2 months until my due date, so I thought today was a fitting day to share.

“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. “ Isaiah 41:10

It has been a really stressful week while we are in the myst of the COVID-19 or Coronavirus pandemic. I am especially worried since Jake is a doctor and since I’m pregnant.  I did a poll on Instagram stories asking if you wanted me to continue with regular content or adjust to talk about ways to stay safe, tips for working at home, things to do around the house, etc. The high majority said that you want normal content and a break from the news. I will continue with regular content for this week and may throw in a post or so with some tips soon. I do want to be mindful since this is a very serious topic and want to share what I know. My OB recommended we cancel our babymoon for next weekend, which I had already done. She of course encourages washing hands a lot, Jake taking his scrubs off in the garage, and no shoes in the house. I would like to encourage everyone to participate in social distancing. This is the only way to decrease and stop the spread of this virus.

“You know how everyone rushed to the stores at the same time and bought everything out at once instead of staggering their visits? Now imagine the same thing in the hospital, but instead of TP, it’s ICU beds and ventilators that are out. This is why everything is cancelled. Please please practice social distancing.” This message really impacted me on how serious social distancing is.

Please take care of yourself by creating healthy habits like getting enough sleep, eating healthy, and washing your hands for at least 20 seconds. It’s important to never touch your face unless you just washed your hands and to rewash them after. The virus is living on surfaces for a long period of time, so it’s important to sanitize. I am using Lysol wipes on everything and especially frequently sanitizing my phone. I do want to encourage y’all to not hoard supplies at the grocery store. We as a community need to come together and help each each and that includes not hoarding supplies so that everybody can get what they need. It is very important to be prepared and have enough food for 2-3 weeks, but it’s important to be mindful and not hoard. Small businesses are struggling, so we are making an effort to support our favorite local restaurants by getting to-go orders. Please check on your elderly family and neighbors to make sure they have what they need. There is still so much joy in life and we will get through this. Stay safe!

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  1. jenniferpickering22gmailcom
    March 16, 2020 / 5:58 am

    I love her name Courtney! And yes about social distancing! I cannot believe the amount of people still going out and doing stuff. And that we have to remind people to wash their hands!

    Effortlessly Sophisticated

    • abyersguide
      March 18, 2020 / 10:31 pm

      Thanks, Jennifer! So excited to finally be sharing. Absolutely, it’s sad to hear and see that people are not taking this seriously! I hope this teaches them to wash their hands too.

  2. March 16, 2020 / 8:49 am

    Will be praying for health and safety for ya’ll during this time! I absolutely love the name and am so so excited for ya’ll and to meet little Miss Scarlett!

    • abyersguide
      March 18, 2020 / 10:35 pm

      I so appreciate that, Katherine! It is a scary time. Praying for y’all too. 🙂 Aww thank you, I am so excited. This makes it feel even more real that she’ll be here soon.

  3. March 16, 2020 / 9:13 am

    Scarlett is such a beautiful name!! Absolutely love it!

    • abyersguide
      March 18, 2020 / 10:41 pm

      Thanks, Amanda. 🙂 I am so glad you love it.

  4. March 18, 2020 / 5:46 am

    Hello Courtney, it is funny when we are pregnant that we think we know the gender of our child, but then God comes in and says otherwise sometimes! You are right, every baby is a miracle. I love the name Scarlett Victoria! It is nice also that it is not too common. It is funny how Victoria links in, the teller at my bank is Victoria, I just had a nice chat with her on Friday and she told me that she was born in England and moved here in 1995 when she was 3 years old, Victoria would be pretty common in England. I am sure these are trying times for Jake being in the hospital everyday. May God watch over all of you. I love the pictures of you and the lovely letter S! have a nice day, Terri xo.

    • abyersguide
      March 18, 2020 / 10:43 pm

      Terri, this is sooo true! Aw thank you, I am glad you love it. I am glad you have a good association with Victoria too.

      It is a very stressful time, but it will be okay. <3 Take care.

  5. Lindsey Puls
    March 18, 2020 / 7:25 pm

    Scarlett Victoria Byers – what an absolutely beautiful name! I love it! Only 2 months to go…the time is just flying by! I’m so glad you are all staying safe and healthy during this time. That has to be very stressful with Jake working in the hospital. I’m sorry to hear about your babymoon as well.

    • abyersguide
      March 18, 2020 / 10:57 pm

      Aw thanks, Lindsey! 🙂 I am so glad you love it too. I cannot believe how fast time is flying. It has been a stressful time for sure, but I know everything will be okay 🙂 Take care and stay safe.

    • abyersguide
      March 22, 2020 / 11:24 pm

      Thank you so much 🙂

  6. March 19, 2020 / 2:20 pm

    It’s an incredibly scary time. It sounds like your OB has given you good advice. Love the baby’s name!

    • abyersguide
      March 22, 2020 / 11:16 pm

      It really is and yes, she has been very helpful. Aw thank you.

    March 19, 2020 / 5:27 pm

    Such a cute name!!! I love it too

    • abyersguide
      March 22, 2020 / 11:16 pm

      Aw thank you 🙂

  8. Ashh
    March 20, 2020 / 3:45 pm

    What a lovely name Courtney!! It surely is a stressful time and hope everything gets back to normal soon. Yes to social distancing! So many people are still taking it lightly.

    • abyersguide
      March 25, 2020 / 11:31 pm

      Thank you so much, Ashh! Absolutely, I am hoping people are taking this more seriously. This is scary.

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