I have had several questions about the triplet’s names. Many of you know that I love names with a story or connection behind it. My dad’s name is Joel, hence my name, Joel-ee. I have always appreciated that my name was a little different. Here is a little insight into where their names came from.
Ellery Dorion – Jason’s grandmother’s names were Elsie and Lillie. Ellery is the closest combination of the two names that we could come up with. My grandmother’s names were Doris and Marion, so Dorion is a combination of their names (my middle name is also Dorion).
Gianna Abigail – (pronounced: jee-on-uh) My grandfather’s name was Eugene, and my great grandmother’s name was Giovannina (pronounced: Jo-va-nina). Gianna was similar to both of these names – and an ‘ode to my Italian heritage. My sister’s name is Abigail.
Easton Michael – Easton was the boy name that we had when we were pregnant for Quin. It is the only name that has nothing to do with our families. Jason is a big hockey fan, and Easton is a sporting equipment brand. Jason’s dad’s name was Michael. He passed away a few years ago, and is missed dearly. We know he is watching over all three of our miracles.
Well what about Quin Ellen’s name then? My maiden name is Aquino, so if you take the ‘a’ and the ‘o’ off, you are left with Quin (that is why it is spelled with only one ‘n’). Both Jason’s mom and my mom share the middle name Ellen.
Today’s Update – All three are still doing really well! Jason and I were both able to hold Easton and Gianna today for the very first time! It was a treat for all four of us. They are both on CPAP still, but much more stable than earlier, making it easier to hold them. Ellery is her same ol’ self – hanging in there, doing fabulous on her own!
I also wanted to thank all of you who have emailed or called! I promise that I will try to return calls/emails as soon as possible! With spending our days at the hospital and our nights with Quin, it gives me a small window of time. I will get on top of it all as soon as possible. For now, I am enjoying my time with all four children :)