Several people have asked how the name “Lately” came to be a name, rather than just a word. Believe it or not, there’s a story behind it. A cheesy, silly, sweet little story that goes something like this…
When Tarrell and I first got together (in those early days of falling in love that became littered with long, long talks, overnight phone calls, childish grins and giggles, endlessly staring headlong into our bright future as one), we were savoring one of our longest talks, hanging on each other’s every word and trying to learn every detail we could possibly learn about each other.
He looked at me with his adorable puffy lips and dimpled smile and said he wanted to know more, but he couldn’t think of another question to ask. He pondered it for a moment then asked, shrugging his shoulders, “What’s your favorite letter?”
I wasn’t quite sure if I had a favorite letter, but after carefully considering my answer, I answered definitively, “L.” I’d always loved the sound it made, it seemed to me like the prettiest letter in the alphabet.
He smiled and followed up quickly with his second question, “What’s your favorite number?” I had the same reaction I’d had to the first question, but again contemplated and decided it was the number 8. (It’s a nice, aesthetically pleasing, symmetrical even number, isn’t it though?).
Without thinking at all, he looked in my eyes and said casually, “If you ever have a daughter, you should name her Lately.” My heart melted, the future I had always hoped for seemed so tangible to me for the first time in my life. I think I knew in that moment that he would be the the love of my life and the father of my children.
The name stuck with us over the years. As we grew closer and realized we wanted to spend our lives together, we would refer to Lately often. She became a constant in our relationship. We would light-heartedly plan our future together and she was always a part of it, she was the symbol of our love and commitment to each other day after day.
Being a mother has been my greatest joy thus far in life, as I knew it would be from a very young age. Meeting my baby boy and watching him grow is my dream come true everyday and having my baby girl is not just icing on the cake, but it truly makes me feel whole in a brand new way. We struggled for two long years to conceive Knox, so when I discovered I had effortlessly become pregnant with Lately I was in disbelief of how blessed we were. And when the ultra-sound technician announced we were having a girl, I squealed with excitement and her name rung through my ears as the tears formed in my eyes.
Since it is so unique, I’m sure people will have their opinions about her name throughout the years, but hopefully she will be able to love it and proudly wear it as the symbol of love that it has become to us over the years.