Sunday, January 24, 2010

So much is in the name

By K.J. Cardinal

Leo Michael Cardinal.

That's his name. I know that we said we were going to keep the name a secret, but when we saw my parents today, I just couldn't keep it in. I HAD to tell them the name of their future grandson. The name just means too much to both my family and Angie's family to keep it a secret any longer.

Leo is after my grandfather. The former patriarch of the Cardinal family that EVERYONE loved and admired more than any other person I've ever met. For Angie and I, it was really a no-brainer... and somewhat destiny.

Back in December when we had the Cardinal Christmas party at Tiffany and Pete's house, Angie and I were talking to my Aunt Carol. She asked us, "When will you find out the sex of the baby?" And we said, "January 22." Then she said, "Oh, that was Mema and Papa's anniversary."

Angie and I looked at each other and nearly let the cat out of the bag on the name at that point... despite not knowing the sex of the baby yet. I never wanted to get too excited about the potential of having a baby boy, but I really felt like we were destined to have a boy since the ultrasound just happened to fall on such a milestone. The world works in weird ways some times.

As for the middle name, Michael is after Angie's brother who tragically passed away back in 2006. Honoring "Mikey" and keeping his spirit alive is something that Angie and I always want to do and naming our son after him is a great way to do so.

So, as you can see, there's so much in the name. I know that we're setting the bar high with a name like Leo Michael, but I'm hopeful the little guy will make his late great-grandfather and uncle very proud.

PS: I've owned for about four years now in anticipation of this day. I know, I'm a dork.


  1. What a wonderful name and story KJ!! I love hearing why people are named what they are!! Can't wait to hug/hold Leo!!
    Love Gail

  2. We are so pleased with your choice of name for our future grandson.
    You are so correct in noting how much EVERYONE that knew Papa loved him. I hope that he can look down from heaven and know your son will be named after him. He would be so honored.
    I can't wait for another wonderful grandchild. We are so blessed :)