Monday, January 5, 2009

Might as Well Have the Best

He finally has a name.

Mackay Filson Richardson


How did we arrive at Mackay? It wasn't on our list, after all. From the first day in the hospital, Dan was persistent in calling him Filson. He would smile whenever he said it, so I thought he was just teasing me. Then my Mom and Lily both agreed it was a good name. Still, I couldn't bring myself to name my son after a clothing manufacturer. Plus I thought Filson Richardson was a bit much, with both ending in "-on". Dan assured me that it wasn't an homage to the brand, but that he just liked the name.

After four days we were no closer to a decision, so Dan started a new list and we each picked 7 or 8 new names. Dan said he didn't mind Mack or Jack but that they were shortened versions of other names and he didn't want his son to have a nickname for a first name. So I looked for names that started with Mack and came across Mackay. I liked the sound of it and when I read my new list to Dan he didn't veto Mackay right away and said, "hmm, maybe." We tried out the name for the afternoon and it grew on us right away (although Lily kept insisting "no, I wanna name him Filson!")

I was partial to Beau for the middle name because it means beautiful boy. Throughout my pregnancy, ever since I found out we were having a boy, John Lennon's song "Beautiful Boy" ran through my head (I added it to the blog, so turn up your volume). Plus, if we named him Mackay Beau, his initials would still be M.B. like Mystery Boy. But Dan said if we weren't going to use a family name for the middle name, he wanted Filson. I liked the fact that it was a unique name and that it had a very masculine sound, but mostly I wanted Dan to love the name we chose for our son.

So huzzah, after four days our boy finally got a name! Mostly we call him Mackay or Mack, but he's already acquiring an arsenal of nicknames. Lily likes to call him Beautiful Boy, Amelia calls him Kay or Baby Mack, and I sometimes call him Beau as a little pet name. But no matter what we call him, he is a sweet and welcome addition to our family.

And if you check out Filson's slogan, it fits our Mackay perfectly: "Might as well have the best!"

19 comments:

The Queen Vee said...

Mackay Filson you are a beautiful boy and your parents clearly have the best. I think you have been given a unique and outstanding name and one that deserves a PHD in front of it.

Lois Ann said...

Perfecto!Love,The Grammie

Tobi said...

Love it! Amazing picture of little Mackay Filson too!

Lisa said...

I like it. Love the Mack aspect. Perfect.

Pilch Construction said...

What a perfect name for him. Good work you guys, and it only took you nine months and four days to come up with it (or something like that). He really does look quite a bit like his cousin Alexander in that picture too!

Hil said...

Sounds perfect! What a gorgeous photo, Sue. Really.

Lori Conger, said...

I love the name Mckay!! He's adorable. Can't wait to meet the little guy and hold him.

The Nelson Family said...

It fits perfect. Nice work on the photo. I don't think I was taking photos of jane with a nice backdrop that early! You're amazing.

Anonymous said...

Mack n' Yak or Yakin' Mack when he's puking.

Easy Mack when he's sleeping.

Dan

Lori Gerten said...

Mack the Knife when he sings oldie but goodie songs. Or how about Mack attack when he gets angry?

BTW: I wrote an earlier comment. Um. . it's gone. I don't know where it went!

I love your new boy!

Dustan and Micayla said...

Sue he is SO SO CUTE!!

Kernal Ken said...

Mackay, Filson, Bubba, Beau, Billy Joe Bob, whatever...

Sooner or later, he will become involved with some sort of bureaucracy and they will discover that his initials are "MFR."

From then on, he will be known as Memorandum for the Record, or "Memo" for short.

Nonetheless, he is a handsome young lad! Mazeltov!

Anonymous said...

Ken, I tried to get Sue to agree to switch the order of his first two names. MFR he is.

Dan

Spymommy said...

I am in love with Mackay Filson. He is simply stunning.

Way to go guys! (and by guys, I really mean you Sue.)

Katy-did said...

Holy Free-hole's... you have alot of blogging friends, I thought that I was your only friend?? how rude, Love the pic, what a little cutey!!! I told Becky that we need to have a mid Jan girl day and just giggle and talk and stuff, maybe Chris and I can come up there for a day or two!!! Lets discuss!!

Lori Gerten said...

Ok. . . Seriously Mackay is really really frekin cute!!! I could kiss the screen all day he's so sweet!

brooks wynn said...

Hurray! I like his name & I love the picture of him! What a treasure, the picture,& most certainly the boy! I hope all is going well in ccccold Wyoming.

Becky in Wyo said...

Ditto all the comments. "Mack Attack" indeed. Love you!

Sara said...

Okay, I guess I can forgive you for allowing the "Filson" because I so so SO love "Mackay"! We actually considered it for a first name with all 3 of our older boys until we finally used it as our Daynen's middle name! (And for the record, Filson is already growing on me!)

He is darling! Give him a hug from his Auntie Sara! :)