20th Week: What’s in a Name?

I am halfway through my pregnancy in the week of this year’s Chinese New Year celebration! (Our first baby will be born in the year of the rooster.) So grateful to the Lord for this milestone.

On January 18 – I forgot to note this for my 19th week post – I felt the baby move for the first time.  Was that a wriggle, a kick, or a fist bump?  ๐Ÿ™‚ Whatever that was, it waswonderful to actually feel him alive and moving inside me. ๐Ÿ˜

Exactly on first day of our 20th week, we found a name for our baby boy. ๐Ÿ™‚

I initially wanted a name that’s Italian or Spanish sounding… closer to sounding Filipino and not too foreign sounding – though Italian and Spanish are Western ๐Ÿ˜€  A lot of Filipinos have Spanish names because of the Spanish influence through.  Tried several names, but they just didn’t “click.”  Joaquin, Sebastian, Dominic, Matteo, Rafael…

One afternoon I was just telling my husband I want a name that’s unique, like an object that sounds good as a name and also symbolizes something meaningful.  I happened to come across the name of a local actor’s a baby girl named Feather. Thought of a name that may be an object or maybe related to nature.  Something like “River” or “Sky”… I know of some children named River and Sky, but not children of our friends or relatives so I think that’s ok.  I know of a child named Ocean too!  Well, Brook is a cool name too, but for a girl.

That evening, we knew that we’ve found the perfect name.  I was reading the book of Isaiah, starting with chapter 41 then, and lo and behold, “river” or “rivers” kept coming up from that chapter onwards.  To be exact, river or rivers occur 8 times from chapters 41 to 48.  I re-read those chapters and encircled each and every “river” or “rivers” in them.  There are a couple of chapters that has no mention of river though.

With these, we know in ourselves we shall call our baby boy “River.”  So happy to find this name that we like and that symbolizes God’s blessing and favor to His people.  He blesses by creating a river on a plateau, he punishes by removing or drying up a river.

Others may say that “River” reminds them of “cry like a river,” or River Maya like the local band, or the classic song “Moon River.”  But for us, “River” stands for “peace flowing like a gentle river,” as in these verses from Isaiah 48:17-18 (NLT version):

This is what the Lord says-
Your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
“I am the Lord your God,
Who teaches you what is good for you
and leads you along the paths you should follow.
Oh, that you had listened to my commands!
Then you would have had peace flowing like a gentle river
and righteousness rolling over you like waves in the sea.


Over the days, I’ve come up with a lullaby especially made for River, removing his first name since this is an anonymous blog. ๐Ÿ™‚  Yes, he has two names, but his nickname will be River.  We have quite a common family name, so it’s better to have two names for him.  Going back to the lullaby, this song is to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”  I need to write it down so I won’t forget!  I’m being forgetful these days – not sure of it is pregnancy related.

XXXX River, God loves you
Daddy, Mommy love you, too
But God loves you more than we do
He knows what is best for you
May you seek Him, love Him, serve Him,
Peace like a river you’ll find in Him ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank You, Lord, for this wonderful gift of a name plus a lullaby on our 20th week ๐Ÿ™‚



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