Charles Evans Locke.
It wasn’t that big of a surprise when we found out that we were having another boy. To be honest, I was a little relieved. Even though a little girl sounds wonderful, my heart has been taken over by a bunch of boys. And I like it.
We had a hard time coming up with a name for Charlie. With Hudson, everything was over the top exciting, especially picking out a name. Naming a child is such a huge deal and it had to be perfect. When it came time for baby number two, we didn’t necessarily feel the same urgency or need for perfection while picking out a name.
It wasn’t really even until I was 37 weeks that we had picked out two names, one being Charlie. Even though it was in the top two, we were not even really that excited about the name. After Charlie made his entrance into the world, the nurse asked us what name we were giving the child. Noah looked at me and we both nodded. “His name is Charles Evans Locke.”
Evans comes from Noah’s mom’s side of the family and it means “God is Good.” We loved the sound and the meaning so that was easy. I still think it kind of funny that I have a son named Charles. Not that there is anything wrong with the name, but it is such a large name for a tiny baby! The name Charlie (spoken with English accent) means “Free Man” which also meant a lot to us.
Noah and I have been through some very difficult challenges within our marriage this last year. In fact, everything came to the surface literally the week we found out we were pregnant with Charlie. I remember feeling a little resentful that we were bringing a new baby into our world when it wasn’t a healthy one at that. We were experiencing pain by each other’s hidden sin and un-repentance but the beautiful thing is that by the time Charlie came, we had learned forgiveness towards each other and our faithful God brought us into a spacious space. “Free Man” seemed almost too perfect.
Charlie is now four months and is such a joy to our family! Even though I questioned the Lord as to why He would give us another child when He did, I will be the first to proclaim that He knew exactly what He was doing. Charlie came at the perfect time and fits right in with the rest of us.
Charlie is a content, snuggly, happy and observant little guy with a short fuse when he doesn’t get what he wants. He is looking less like Mark Wahlberg’s child these days, yet we are still not quiet sure who he is taking after. He adores his mommy, loves his daddy and thinks Hudson is the most entertaining thing ever (Hudson doesn’t mind this one bit). We can’t wait to see what the Lord’s plan is for this little guy’s life. We are so very thankful that God saw through our messiness and entrusted His child to us for the time being.
That reality alone is so humbling.