A couple months ago, Brian and I came up with a name for Baby #2. We thought we'd sit on it a while, let it roll around in our heads, and then decide if we still liked it. Well, it's been months now and every time one of us suggests a different name, we ultimately decide that we don't like it as well as the original. So I guess it might as well be official.
Baby #2 will be named Ellowyn Shanelle Drake.
On the name Ellowyn: This is a name that I made up. I've never heard it before anywhere. You may be thinking it's from "Lord of the Rings", but it's not. There was an Eowyn and an Arwen, but never an Ellowyn. Just like with Mira, we wanted a first name that would be original enough that there wouldn't be 3 kids in her class with the same name, but not so original that it couldn't be easily pronounced. As for nicknames, I don't intend to call her anything short of Ellowyn, though once she got old enough if she expressed a desire to be called something different, Ellie or Elle or Ella or Wyn or Wynnie, I would go along with her wishes.
On the name Shanelle: This name is a combination of two other names: the middle names of Brian's two birth sisters. One has the middle name Shanno, the other's middle name is Michelle. Combine the two and you get Shanelle. Again, this is a play on something we did with Mira's name: Mira's middle name is Lee, which just happens to be the middle name of both my mother and Brian's mother. So with both our girls, we managed to name them after two people with one name. What can I say? I'm a fan of consistency.