|my favorite picture of Miss Clara Jane - complete with her smile and her dimple and too much cuteness!|
When Tommy and I decided to name our little one Clara we didn't know anyone who had given their child that name...honestly we sort of thought we were bringing it back - reinventing it, if you will. We were beyond psyched to have decided upon such a classic beauty of a name, and that it was entirely unique in the sense that, well, nobody names their kiddo's Clara these days.
Well. Then a couple months into my pregnancy (once my residency kindof gave me a breather) I started to get into blogs outside of the wedding world (gasp!). Stumbled upon OneHouseLove - one of my favorite blogs now - complete with their own baby Clara. I was surprised to see "our" baby's name on another...but I still had never heard of anyone in my "real life" with the name. A little piece of me was sad to hear of another Clara (I don't know why...it's almost like I felt we had "dibs" or something. How silly of me, I know I know.)
When we finally announced the name of our very own Clara Jane, our family and friends overwhelmingly loved her name. Obviously. It's gorgeous. (hahaha - am I biased or what!) Well, much to my surprise, I started hearing about other baby Clara's. A high school aquaintance named her daughter Clara about a month after our Clara was born. Then at my clinic, one of the PA's named his daughter Clara about a month after our Clara was born. Then I was scrubbing a case with one of the surgeons I'd never worked with before and he proudly stated that his toddler's name was Clara.
Not that I think our little girl should be the ONLY Clara...I just didn't anticipate hearing it everywhere as I had never heard it anywhere before. I hope it doesn't get out of control popular/generic like Jessica did in the 1980's.
That being said, I like my name...even if I shared it with at least two other girls in every class I was ever in. Oh well, I have no control over those things. I'm just glad that we chose such a lovely name...it suits our little one so well.