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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