Wednesday, November 12, 2008

My name is...

A quick update on last night: We did it! Okay, that's not entirely true, but at least we came a lot closer. We had her tummy full and all ready to sleep on her own, and then Brendalys and I decided to do a fashion show to see which PJ set she would like the best. By the time we finished (she ended up in the same thing she started in by the way), the only way to get her to sleep again was in the arms and in the glider. I did the 12:30-4am shift, and mommy did the 4am-7am shift. All in all, I'd say we did it! We even had the energy to get our act together and out the door for our 8:45am pediatrician visit.

Speaking of that pediatrician visit (which for the record, we made it to exactly on time!), we encountered our first (post-birth) mis-pronunciation of Kaylani's name.

"Kuh-lani Tam!"

Seriously people? Kuh-lani? We changed the spelling to KaY-lani for a reason! It's the letter, like the jewelers, like the way it's spelt! KAY-lani! The official phonetic pronuciation as defined here at The Daddy Diaries (the official source of all things Kaylani Isabel Tam) is:

Kay (like "this blog is brought to you by the letter K") -
La (like in Pee Wee Herman - "LA LA LA") -
Ni (like "ow, my low knee", or "ow, my high knee")

Other ways we've heard (pre-birth) are:

Ki-lani (like Cobra Kai from the Karate Kid)
Colony (from someone who apparently has no idea how to pronounce letters)
Kay-Lane-e (must have been from someone from upstate NY - "I don't have an ACK-cent")

Now that we got that out of the way, here's a bit of history on how we came up with Kaylani as our daughter's name:

It was November 8, 2007 (yes, it's a freaky coincidence that it happens to be one year before her birthday) and Brendalys and I were in Kauai on our honeymoon (our wedding was on November 3, 2007). We were driving around the island and saw a sign that said Kailani. I remarked "hey, that's a cute word. We should name our daughter that." End of story!

Okay, not quite end of story, but we looked it up (means "the sky and the ocean", or "land and heaven" if you get it wrong like I did a few months back), and said, "hey, that's a cute meaning. We should name our daughter that." End of story again!

Not quite again, but we ran it by a few people, had a TON of people mispronounce it, and I think the final straw for me was when Brian goes, "like Cobra Kailani", which led to the official change to Kaylani. Plus, it makes it seem less Hawaiin.

Alright, well I'm off to stare at Kaylani since she's sleeping and uninterested in playing right now. I've uploaded new pictures from Days 4 and 5 to the Picasa web album so you can stare at her too. If you want to stare at her in person, we're now taking reservations for December visits. Book your time slot now and get one free "get out of a diaper change" card to be used during your stay*

(*offer valid thru November 15, 2008)

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