There’s Something About Sofia

I have four nieces through Irving’s family (no one else in the family has had a boy yet!). The oldest is Zanelle, of course. She is the oldest grandkid in the family at 11. The rest of my nieces are named Sofia.

Irving’s brother, Vardin, and his wife, Evelyn, had the first Sofia. Her full name was Evelyn Sofia. We call her just Sofia, or the original Sofi. She was born when I was four months pregnant with Dominic and she died when she was just over a month old. She had Crouzon’s Syndrome, but her death was from pneumonia. There are a lot of weird things surrounding her birth and her death, but we will just leave it at the hospital not being the best place for her.

Sofia 2 and 3 were born a month apart. Diana Sofia was born to Irving’s sister, Diana, and her husband, Miguel Angel. She’s a sweet little thing, but she almost never smiles. I’m currently her favorite aunt, but Irving freaks her out for some reason. She also really loves Dominic. She’s almost 7 months old and visits frequently.

Alejandra Sofia was born a month after Sofia 2, to Irving’s youngest brother, Melvin, and his girlfriend, Alejandra (see a theme here?). They thought she was a boy until the moment she was born, so that was a huge surprise for everyone! She is a chubby little angel who has a ready smile. Unfortunately, there are a lot of problems between Irving’s family and Alejandra’s, so Sofia 3 doesn’t get the benefit of knowing most of this side of her family. I’m making sure she gets to know most of her cousins though.

Despite all three girls having their mother’s name as their first name, all three are called Sofia. Why? I’m not exactly sure. It could be a method of tribute for the original Sofia. Or maybe it’s because Sofia is a very popular name at the moment (Sophia is apparently #1 in the US right now). Or perhaps it’s just a lack of imagination. At any rate, I think we’re going to have to find better nicknames than numbers at some point in the near future.

3 thoughts on “There’s Something About Sofia

  1. I was going to ask if there was a beloved abuela Sofia in Irving’s family! Well, I love the name Sofia/Sophia. It was my maternal grandmother’s name, and I was almost named Sophie, but at the time, my dad thought it was too old fashioned! How times change. Now I have friends who are naming their baby boys Ezra, which I think is super old-fashioned.

    Anyway, I think that you are right, it’s probably a tribute or an honor to Sofia #1. You know how chapines son tan sentimentales.

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