by Katie on October 25, 2012

What’s the biggest question people ask when you’re getting ready to welcome a new family member?

That would be the following:  “Do you have a name picked out yet?”

And our answer is no. We do not. Nor are we anywhere close.

A little more than a month ago, I received a text message from Brandon’s brother, Justin, randomly offering up his own suggestion on the matter with this:

“You could name her Lola. She may not be from the islands but she’ll be your little angel.”

Which Brandon and I both found endearing and hilarious at the same time. Endearing that he was providing his own input on the subject with what seemed to be such a thoughtful suggestion. Hilarious because, well, he suggested a tagline for our kid. Which is funny.

Now, if you’ve ever had the privilege of meeting Justin, it probably only took you about 47.2 seconds to gather that he is the biggest and most knowledgeable fan of country music to ever walk God’s green earth. But apparently his music interests expand into other genres as well.

A couple weeks after that text message, Brandon’s sister Amanda was visiting home, and we were relaying the Lola story to her, all of us getting a little giggle about the whole tagline thing. Now, considering the source, the rest of us should have seen this coming, but Brandon’s mom was the only one with the intuition to put it all together. She called Justin in to join our little party and asked him, “So Justin, what song did you get Lola from?”

“Barry Manilow,” he fired right back.

Apparently, Barry Manilow sings some song about a girl named Lola in which the whole “may not be from the islands, but she’ll be your little angel,” line is included.

Needless to say, we only find the story more humorous after this discovery.

But “Lola”? It stuck. Brandon’s been calling her that since I received the message, and as we tell this tale, others are starting to pick up on it. So I’m pretty sure the girl may be born with a nickname at this point.

So anyway, if you hear any Lola referrals around these parts, that’s how it all got started. And no, she still doesn’t have a real name.



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