We contemplated not finding out the gender...but we decided we wanted to know, and it was a great decision for us. I LOVE knowing we have a little man growing in there!! It made me feel more connected to him and I know I'll feel more prepared knowing what to expect.
Then we contemplated (and even planned on) not telling the name. I didn't wanna hear negative comments & I didn't want anyone to steal it. But I've just gotta be honest. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVEEEEE the name - so much that I don't really care what anyone else thinks or if anyone beats me to it, because THIS is meant to be his name. Names are very important and we prayed about it and talked about it a lot before deciding this is what our little guy is going to be named.
Teaching can ruin names for you. I love most of my kids...but no matter how much you love a particular name, you can really just never name your child after a kid in class you've seen pick his nose and eat his boogers. (Hahhaa, I know that is nasty, but it's true. Even in middle school. Yeah.)
SOOOOO, here's what our little man's NAME!!! After lots of prayer & thought....
WILLIAM JASE BUTLER.
And we'll call him Jase.
Jase Butler! Ahhhhh, I stinkin' LOVE it!!
We have told a few people, and it melts my heart to hear people call him by his name. I love knowing that he can hear now, and it's so sweet hearing people talking to and loving on Baby Jase already. I especially love hearing Jon talk to him & say his name. He always says when he's moving around like crazy "Hey Jase, what are you doin' in there buddy?"
So here's the backstory. I remember going on a walk with Jonathan one afternoon when we first found out we were pregnant and we were talking about boy names. I was certain at that point (4 weeks prego! didn’t become “uncertain” until later) that is was a boy. I mentioned Jase then & loved it, but Jon wasn't sold.
I REALLY, REALLY like and was dead set on a one syllable, strong sounding name for a boy. So I kept Jase on my list.
Jon said he thought we would just "know" when we found the name. (Turns out he was right.)
We kept looking through list after list, and Jase was the only thing I liked. After our gender reveal party, we were driving home and Jonathan said out of the blue "How about William Jase?" I LOVED it. It
was is perfect! And he was right....we just "knew."
Even cooler than that, William is a family name. It's Jonathan's grandpa's name and my mom's grandpa's name, so I love that we can tie that in from both sides. And I am a middle name baby myself (my first name is Amber) so I think it's kinda cool he gets to go by his middle name too- like his mama!
I think it sounds strong and southern, and so far everyone who we have told has loved it. (You can tell when people are being genuine.) And of course he may not ever play sports, but Jase Butler just SOUNDS like an athlete to me! Also, we don’t personally know anyone named Jase…so it’s “new” to us.
Even more than that, I LOVVVVE the meanings (from what I’ve found).
William= strong willed warrior, guardian/protector
Jase= healer, the Lord is salvation
Of course now Duck Dynasty is out & I'm sure everyone will think he's being named from that. I look to see the name becoming more popular (because let’s be honest….Jase is a little cooler than Willie or Si!) Honestly, we loved the name before we'd ever even heard of the show! But I will say, after watching it, I LOVE Jase! He's my fave. His dry sense of humor is hysterical to me, and everyone knows I'm a sucker for a beard.
Obviously. I mean, check out my hubby right now and his "No Shave Winter" look he's got goin' on! It doesn’t bother me at all….I love some facial hair! (And he can SO pull it off!)
Hoping our little guy doesn't come out looking like this!!
We can’t WAIT to welcome Jase to the world in a few months!! I love praying for him by name & talking to him and being able to call him by his name. There is just something really special about that!
And whew! I’m GLAD to have that off my chest so I can call him JASE instead of Baby Butler! I’ve almost written Jase on the last few “weekly update” posts because that is just who he is now.
Love this sweet little man already.
Jase~ Mommy & Daddy already love you SO much!! And we haven’t even met you yet! I can’t imagine how full our hearts are going to be when you come into this world in a few months! We have put so much time, thought, and prayer into your name and we know this is exactly what God wants you to be called. You are such a blessing already!