Lea Luna Schoneveld ❤ 1 week old today! People have been asking about her name and why we didn’t name her Poppy since that’s what we called her all the way through pregnancy… We actually never intended to name her that but had Lea picked out from long before. But I have to admit; transitioning away from Poppy has not been easy! She started out a little poppyseed and the name Poppy just totally stuck. If we lived in Europe we might have considered making it her middle name but here in the Caribbean/Central America it just sounds too much like “Papi”. We always knew whatever we name her needs to work in both English, Swedish, Papiamento (Aruba’s native language), Dutch and Spanish since that’s what our families speak. Poppy will forever and ever be her nickname though!
Truth is, I’ve had the name Lea picked out since I was a little girl. When I was five or six someone gave me a children’s bible and I learned that in the ancient fables, Rachel and Lea were sisters. I didn’t have a sister then but always longed for one, someone to hold my hand when I was scared and whisper secrets with at night. After reading the chapter about Rachel and Lea a million times I decided that when I grow up, I’m going to have a baby girl and her name is going to be Lea and we will forever be together. I’m not attached to any specific religion but since I was little, that’s the name I always envisioned for my daughter. Dennis loved it too so that worked out well (our name for a boy also starts with an L!). Luna was at the top of both our lists because it’s absolutely beautiful and also so intricately connected to @ahlaluna and everything Den and I have been through these past few years. It all brought us here. The moon is at the center of all our stories.
Right now she is Little Moon Lea Luna Poppy Shark Baby Schoneveld (she makes the funniest noise when she is hungry and opens her mouth wide – somehow I imagine that’s what a shark sounds like before they clamp down on their prey)😂… I think the nicknames will just keep on coming. And yes – she has two dimples! One on each side. She smiles all the time. 😍