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Georgia On My Mind

Posted Dec 12 2008 3:51pm

You know, when we were thinking about names for Georgia we had quite the list. I would go through the baby books and jot down everything in a little green notebook from A to Z and wait for Alex to have a minute when he could listen to me rattle off a bunch of names (and subsequently make me start scratching them off as I read them aloud and realized I could never yell THAT name across a crowded restaurant or as I looked into my child's eyes.)

Looking back, we had some nice ones, some ridiculous ones, some very different ones, some old fashioned, some funny. And it's interesting to note that Georgia's aunt Liz thought we might use Strawberry in her name and her Aunt Nikki thought we might use Rhubarb! But I have to say, I am happy with the name we've chosen...although we kept in secret from everyone for so long that it is only just becoming more usual to hear the name instead of "The Baby" tumble from our lips.

Georgia is a name that a friend was considering for her daughter several years back which they never ended up using. I loved it from the time I considered it for their little girl. When I mentioned it to Alex I was so glad when he liked it. You know, it's funny, but I never thought I would be one of those people who named their kid after a state! If that makes any sense. But I suppose, being the Yank that I am, I don't even really think of it as a state. Just a name. My little girl's name. And I knew it was her name during one of her first ultrasounds. When the ultrasound tech said she was a girl I heard a tiny voice in my head that called her Georgia and I felt a warm feeling knowing this was true.

On the way home from the ultrasound I mentioned the voice to Alex, worried that he may have heard a voice too, one that named our daughter something very different, or that he would flat out refuse the name like he had done to so many of the names in my little green notebook. But to my delight he didn't question it, or make a face, or say anything other than "O.K." When I said "I think this is our daughter's name."

Later that evening, we were using all sorts of names WITH Georgia to see how they sounded. I used Green several times enjoying the Gigi aspect, and the fact that it is my favorite color and slightly unusual, and we toyed with a bunch of family variations on names, one of them being Mae. That's when Alex said Georgia Maeby (like the character from the TV show Arrested Development ) and liking the sound of it and wanting my husband to be a large part of the naming process (and wanting this obsessive naming process to cease, frankly) it was my turn to say "O.K."

A few months later, I started thinking about two middle names (I think I still had my heart set on Green), and after checking polling around to see if that would be two names too much, I decided I really liked how it sounded regardless and Alex again agreed. That's when GMGR was hatched.

Since then, we have been enjoying music with our daughter's name in the lyrics. Of course there is Ray Charle's Georgia which lyrically best suits a love song for your daughter, but whenever I walk up to her cot in the NICU I can't help but say "Hey there, Georgy Girl" which is from the song with the same title by The Seekers (whose lyrics are less apt, but fun anyway). I've even allowed myself to like that Jack Johnson song which used to drive me mad when they would play it on the radio over and over constantly becuase it has the name Georgia in it! (Perhaps that song is called Georgia too?)

And of course, there is Joni Mitchell's song Green which is apt in so many ways...

I love having songs to sing to my little girl...and I so hope she grows up to have her father's musical gifts. She certainly loved hearing him singin the womb and follows the sound of his voice.

Oh! And just because Alex just turned it on, I have to tell you this bittersweet little tidbit. When we were still in the first hospital and I just learned that Georgia had a heart condition and I was sitting in the nursery (at this point we were no longer allowed to take her back to our room) with tears rolling down my cheeks I wanted to sing her a song and the only song I could think of was "O, Canada" a song Alex and I had been singing a couple evenings prior (for what reason, I don't know) and which I promptly began humming though I was also slightly embarrassed to be singing a love song to Canada to my daughter with a potentially grim heart condition and I tried to change the tune a little. When I looked up at Alex however, the tears were streaming down his face too. And though it scared me and worried me that Alex (a man of few tears, who I often jokingly call A.L.E.X.) was crying. I knew in that moment how much he loved his daughter and it swelled my heart up to three thousand times its natural size.

And now, after a good night's sleep...I am off to go see my daughter.

Georgia, Georgia,
The whole day through
Just an old sweet song
Keeps Georgia on my mind

I say Georgia
Georgia
A song of you
Comes as sweet and clear
As moonlight through the pines

Other arms reach out to me
Other eyes smile tenderly
Still in peaceful dreams I see
The road leads back to you

I said Georgia,
Ooh Georgia, no peace I find
Just an old sweet song
Keeps Georgia on my mind

Other arms reach out to me
Other eyes smile tenderly
Still in peaceful dreams I see
The road leads back to you

Georgia,
Georgia,
No peace, no peace I find
Just this old, sweet song
Keeps Georgia on my mind

I said just an old sweet song,
Keeps Georgia on my mind

*Note: Whoops! I think it's a John Mayer song, not Jack Johnson.

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