Audrey Roloff Says She Hopes Their Son Bode James Lives up to His Name After Explaining the Meaning Behind It

Audrey Roloff has been enjoying the first few weeks as a mom of two after welcoming her newborn son, Bode James Roloff, into the world in January.

Since his birth, the proud mom has been sharing adorable pictures of her little ones, as well as the good, the bad, and the ugly of postnatal life on social media. Now, the former Little People, Big World star is opening up about the meaning behind her son’s unique moniker.

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Winter babies are extra cozy and cuddly????

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Audrey Roloff Explains Meaning Behind Son’s Name, Bode James

Via a post on Instagram, Audrey explained, “Bode’s name means messenger. We pray for our Bode to be a messenger of the Gospel. That his life would be a message of hope, truth, and love to many.”

Audrey Roloff Shares Meaning Behind Her Son's Unique Name
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Roloff also shared that the name was inspired by her maiden name, Botti, while his middle name is a family name from his dad’s side of the family. Audrey’s husband, Jeremy Roloff, as well as his dad and his grandfather, all have the middle name, James.

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Audrey Roloff Shares Meaning Behind Her Son's Unique Name
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She also revealed that she and Jeremy had Bode at the top of their list of potential names from the get-go, but didn’t settle on it until they received a call from Jeremy’s grandmother.

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Feeling extra grateful for the simplests moments like this one. I cannot imagine the grief of losing my husband AND a child???? Just the thought of it is unbearable. I’ve been thinking since I heard the news yesterday about the helicopter crash, how social media has enabled us to share in the grief and mourning of those we don’t personally know… ⁣⁣ As much as this platform has its pitfalls, one thing I love most about it is it’s ability to move our hearts towards compassion. It gives us an opportunity to “mourn with those who mourn,” to pray for those we don’t personally know, to honor legacy, and take inventory of how we are living our own fragile lives. I don’t know about you but it seems like the heartache I’ve seen in my social media feed these past couple months has increased – tragic accidents, miscarriages, terminal illness, children taken too soon, devastating fires, and more. ⁣⁣ ⁣ I’ve struggled to find the right response, and in my questioning and praying and heart aching, I’ve paused long enough to to listen to God. And in the words of Lysa Terkeurst, “… there is always a message there. And usually it’s only in the shock of loss that we all stop long enough to hear it. It’s only when we are forced to face the excruciating reality of how very fragile, short, and precious life is, that we realize what we now must do to live in light of eternity. Love more. Forgive more. Hold on to God’s truth more.” ….Always more. Yes and amen????????⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I found comfort in these words…⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ “We know if no sparrow falls beyond the ken of your compassion, that you also, in this moment, inhabit our sadness at this wounding, your respond at the worlds brokenness somehow deeper than our own. Be near to us, O God. Be near each of us who must reckon with the sorrow of death and the sting of separation, for what we feel in this loss is nothing less than the groan of all creation. Our finite minds cannot trace the deeper mysteries of your eternal mendings, but this we know with certainty: You are merciful and loving, gentle and compassionate, caring tenderly for all that you have made.” – Every Moment Holy

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“We were pretty set on Bode (pronounced ‘bo-dee’) during pregnancy but we [were] still tossing around ideas into my 3rd trimester,” she shared on Instagram. “Then one day randomly Jer’s grandma called him said, ‘I have a really good name suggestion for you! What about Bode?!’ We were shook. It was a confirming affirmation.”

Bode was born on January 8 weighing 9.2 pounds and measured 21 inches long. And the growing family, including his big sister Ember, was immediately captivated by his sweet face.

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Audrey has been enjoying life as a mom of two. However, postpartum life has been anything but easy. As the mom also shared on Instagram, she was recently diagnosed with mastitis, an infection in the breast that can cause pain, inflammation, and fever.

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Just keepin it real over here ???????? while this past week has been full of newborn snuggles and heart melting moments… it’s also been really hard. With Ember and Bode I had really great pregnancies and labor/delivery experiences (will share Bode’s birth story on the podcast @behindthescenespodcast soon????) but once that 4th trimester hits???? my body just gets hit hard with all the things… Thankfully this time I could draw from past experience and fought off getting mastitis 5 days postpartum like last time???? Still… my milk comes in fast and furious, both my babies chomped my nipples to shreds on day one, and my milk is the brevé kind???? so engorgement is at least 5x my normal bra size… Thankfully, Mr. 9 pounder Bode boy is a much more efficient eater than Ember girl was (he was already back at his birth weight by 5 days old!) Along with the booby pains… there’s the stitches and other pains “down there”, the body aches/light headedness (I hemmoraged pretty bad this time) the pelvic bones that feel broken, the postpartum contractions (so much worse with second baby????) sore muscles from labor, etc. I share all this because I don’t think enough people share about their postpartum journey. We are so excited to share birth stories and document our whole pregnancies but then postpartum hits and nothing… I wish someone would have better prepared me the first time around or been more honest about all the after-birth pains. So here I am ????????showing up with my 1 week postpartum belly exposed and telling you my body hurts. But despite the physical pains, I know these weeks of forced slow-down are exactly what my body and heart needs. REST. So if you’re in this season of life too, give yourself permission to rest and heal. I’m letting go of the pressure to rush back into working out, my social life, household chores, my pre-pregnancy clothes, or any kind of commitment that conflicts with recovery and rest. Something that’s very hard for us enneagram 8’s to adhere too ???? I have to remind myself every day that rest is one of the most productive things I can do right now???????? So I’ll be here with a baby on my chest, in milk stained pj’s, embracing JOMO (the joy of missing out)✌????

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Thankfully, the new mom is already on her road to recovery and took a moment to share a sweet video of Jeremy reading to Bode and Ember while she took a moment to herself.

What a sweet little family of four they are.

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