'Born with the moon in Cancer
Choose her a name she will answer to
Call her green and the winters cannot fade her
Call her green for the children who've made her
Little green, be a gypsy dancer'
'Just a little green
Like the color when the spring is born
There'll be crocuses to bring to school tomorrow
Just a little green
Like the nights when the Northern lights perform
There'll be icicles and birthday clothes
And sometimes there'll be sorrow'
Ever since I heard Joni Mitchell's song 'Little Green' many years ago I've wanted to name my daughter (should I have one) after it. The song's melancholy makes me feel so much. It wasn't until years after I heard the song did I look into its meaning. Turns out Joni Mitchell gave her first born, a daughter, up for adoption when she was a struggling arts student at 20 years old. She named her daughter Kelly presumably after the colour as the song suggests. Sadly her adopted parents renamed her.
So one night in my late pregnancy I played the song for my husband and we spent the rest of the night dreaming up a name that would represent the colour green. Green is my husband's favorite colour so he was invested in the challenge. After hours of thinking and searching we came up empty handed, nothing felt right - Jade, Emerald, Juniper, Fern... nah. So instead of forcing the connection to the song we named our little girl Kaia Rose - we decided to dress her in green instead :)
Here are some photos of Kaia at just a wee 7 days old (photos by me).