BabyOregonian, The Little Peach

A Year with the Little Peach

September 17, 2014

First, a year of the two of us, circling the globe. Then a year of the three of us, riding the orbit around the sun.

September 17th.

We’ve made it back to this place in space, and we couldn’t be more grateful for Lucie Anne Rydmark, the Little Peach.

The Little Peach’s Name:

Details…if you’d like to know them.

[lucie] a female given name derived from the Latin noun “Lux,” meaning “light”

She’s named Lucie in part for her great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather, Etienne Lucier, the French Canadian fur trapper whose story is woven through Oregon history:

Etienne Lucier (1793–1853) was a fur trader in what is now the Pacific Northwest. At the time it was called the Oregon Country and claimed by the United States and called the Columbia District as claimed by Great Britain. He was one of two French Canadians to vote for the creation of a government for that region at the Champoeg Meetings. Moving to the Pacific Northwest originally to help establish Fort Astoria, he would later become the first farmer in what would become the state of Oregon.

Wikipedia (because, though I have desire, I don’t have time to pull my old-school Oregon history books off the shelf and quote something more substantial. Though you can catch a few more details in this past post.)

[anne] Hebrew, meaning “favor,” “grace,” or “God has favored me”

She’s named Anne for after my mom and grandma’s middle name (and probably just a little bit after Anne of Green Gables).

[rydmark] Swedish, from “ryd” meaning cleared and “mark” meaning field: “a cleared field for crops”

She’s named Rydmark, well, because that’s how the naming thing usually works. (That’s “rid” not “ride” for those of you wondering about pronunciation.) Interesting note, we learned our surname’s meaning in South Africa from Norwegian/Australian linguists (hello, Piers, Ellen, and Camilla!).

[peach] a sweet and juicy stone fruit, ripened on a tree after a long season of growth

She was due at the tail end of peach season, peaches are my favorite fruit, and I can resist the cheesy/heartwarming line from It’s a Wonderful Life: “Well, of course I like her, she’s a peach!”

And what a sweet peach Lucie’s turned out to be.

Our little light.

Here’s to many, many more sunsets followed by sunrises and new adventures…

xx Bethany, Ted, and Lucie

Many thanks to Erin Tole for her beautiful photos and patience with a past-bedtime-baby, and thanks to Grossen Peaches in Helvetia, Oregon for letting us use the orchard and snack on peaches for a second year in a row.

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  • Reply Carmel September 17, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Strangely enough, we have a very similar girl’s name picked out, only a Mexican version. I love it and would be a family name, as well. Happy happy birthday to the lovely little peach!

    • Reply Bethany ~ twoOregonians September 18, 2014 at 8:17 am

      Oh, I think that sounds wonderful! It’s such an honor to give a little human a name… And so cool to be able to pass on family stories. (Just think of all the stories you two will be able to tell!)

      Thanks so much for the birthday wishes :) xx

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  • Reply Jacqueline September 26, 2014 at 1:44 am

    This made my heart squeeze! She is so precious!

    • Reply Bethany ~ twoOregonians September 26, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      Aw, thank you so much, Jackie! It was delightful to find your blog this past week. Great to make your (online) acquaintance and introduce you to our little one :) Sending high-fives from Oregon xx

    What say you?