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The name game

Kenlee Jo Brigle

Not Kaylee or Kinlee or Kennedy.

Kenlee.

Yes, I know it's different. And yes, I know I am putting my child through years of correcting others' spelling. (Hey, my parents did the same thing to me!) But it's the name we chose, and we love it.

As soon as I tell people the name we have picked for our daughter, we instantly get a reaction. Usually a good one, I guess. But it's almost always followed by an inquisitive look. "How did you come up with THAT?"

It's an interesting story actually (or at least I think so).

Kyle's middle name is Kenrick. It's a combination of his granfathers' names — Kenneth Brigle and Ted Ricketts.

In his family, we also have a Kendol and Kendon. So making a "Ken" name was something we played around with for a while. We also tried combining other family names, but didn't like anything we came up with quite as much.

At the same time, Kyle was asking to use the middle name Lee (boy or girl) because that was his great-grandfather Ricketts' name.

I happened to hear the name Kenlee on a reality TV show (and I'm ashamed to admit it was Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders — I was REALLY bored that day), and it was added to the mix of names we were considering. I mean, it fit perfectly with the family name theme!

After a few days, Kyle surprised me and said Kenlee was his new front-runner for a girl's name. Up until then, two other names topped our list. I'm not gonna say which ones in case we need them later, but let's just say they were far more traditional than Kenlee.

We both pondered it for a while, and we couldn't come up with any name we like more. It just seemed meant to be — and so I think it is.

Thankfully, a few weeks later we learned we were having a girl. My dad is teasing me now, saying she may turn out to be a he. We may have gone a little overboard on the pink, girlie, feminine clothes and decor. But it's been confirmed TWICE that our baby is definitely female.

If God decides to play a big joke and make her into a him — well, he'll probably go nameless for a while. Even though Kenlee came to us naturally, a boy's name never really stuck. Here's hoping we won't have to a worry about a Baby Boy Brigle, at least not this time around.

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