A name- It will stay with you for the rest of your life or until you get old enough to change it…
My mother named my siblings and me after family members and most of my siblings followed suit. When I was pregnant with my 13 year old daughter, Kai, I was not feeling the whole family name trend as much and went for a name that we just liked. Though I did give Kai her grandmother’s name, Michelle as her middle name- Kai Michelle Carter.
When I met Bakari, he talked a lot about having a wife and having two children named Justice and Jet. He would jokingly tell all of my girlfriends that when we had children we would have a little Justice and Jet and if Jet was a chunky baby, his nickname would be Jumbo Jet. I would laugh it off but in the back of my mind think…”that is not happening”.
Ten years later, we are having our miracle babies. I felt immense pressure to give them the perfect names. I wanted names that were meaningful and special for both babies. I wanted to name our son after his father, but Bakari was not really into doing so. I thought of Ruby for our daughter because my mother, my sister, and Bakari’s grandmother are all named Ruby. I wasn’t feeling the Justice and Jet names and neither was Bakari anymore. Bakari had a few names for our son in mind already and I pretty much liked all of them. Well, maybe not one so much because it was actually one of my old boyfriend’s name…lol. I realized I really liked the sound and flow of alliterative names like my daughter’s, Kai Carter.
So I started looking for names that began with “S”. When I said “S” names, our son’s name was automatic for Bakari. He had it already picked out. I loved the name immediately because it is so deeply woven into his family’s legacy. But, now we needed our daughter’s name. We flirted around with several “S” names. I really wanted a name that our little family loved and that had deep meaning as well.
So, after many months of thinking about what these babies should be named, we all agreed on Stokely Taggart and Sadie Ellen.
Stokely: named for the prominent organizer in the civil rights movement who was a great friend to my father-in-law, Cleveland. Taggart is Bakari’s paternal grandmother’s maiden name. I truly loved how Stokely Taggart sounded together.
Sadie: named after my Great Aunt who was married to my paternal Great Uncle, JD. JD was a fraternal twin himself and his twin sister’s name was Sarah. Sadie is a derivative of Sarah, so our Sadie is named for both of her amazingly strong aunts. Ellen is of course my name and was totally Bakari’s idea. (Side note: which I kind of love that he doesn’t mind two Ellens in the house). Ellen is also my maternal Grandmother’s name and she was the true matriarch of the King-Nelson Family.
We await patiently for our miracle babies, Sadie and Stokely Sellers. They are now 30 weeks old and weighing over 3 pounds each. Praise God! They are healthy, growing, and moving a lot! Please continue to keep us in your prayers.
Here are some 3D views of Sadie and Stokely.
Who do y’all think they look like?