February 15, 2010

The definition of sisu (according to wikipedia) is strength of will, determination, perseverance, and acting rationally in the face of adversity. The literal meaning is equivalent in English to “having guts”, and the word derives from sisus, which means something inner or interior. However sisu is defined by a long-term element in it; it is not momentary courage, but the ability to sustain an action against the odds. Deciding on a course of action and the sticking to that decision against repeated failures is sisu. Sisu has been described as being integral to understanding Finnish culture.

Sisu is also now officially the name of our son. Two other names come from DH’s family and he’s got my last name since it was very important for me that our family name continues.

When we started to think about names for the baby (long before I was even pregnant) it was very clear that we wanted our child to have a name that would mean something. We had other options before finally realizing (when I was already 7 months pregnant) that the best name to describe our little warrior would be Sisu. Against all odds the little man fought his way to our life.



  1. LOVE IT.

  2. And what a chubby little face!!

    hehehehe. 😀


  3. He’s beautiful, and I love the name you chose for him. Congratulations, once again.

    And… I gave you an award on my blog. I’m just a couple of months behind you and I’ve enjoyed reading about your pregnancy and parenthood. Be well!

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