By peoplestaff225
Updated October 19, 2005 10:23 PM

Yes, Danielle’s a mama! Anya Lucia came into the world at 2:32 pm on Friday, October 14th. She weighed in at exactly 8 lbs, and is 19 1/2 inches long. I just talked to Danielle and she is absolutely thrilled. She had a great labor and delivery experience, which I’m sure she’ll tell everyone more about next week when she’s back online.


UPDATE: Danielle is home and completely exhausted, but sent me a new picture of the little princess!


Danielle’s Update:
Thank you to everyone for your warm wishes. Josh and I feel like we won the life sweepstakes with Anya. She is a beautiful, healthy baby and the greatest joy I have ever known. She’s a great sleeper (at least during the day!) and eater and has a lovely temperament. We took her to the pediatrician for her first visit and all was well. Josh is proving to be an excellent burper, diaperer and swaddler and is an all around wonderful and proud papa.

For those who are wondering, "Anya" is of Slavic origin (though we are not) (pronounced ahn-yah) meaning grace and "Lucia" (pronounced loo-see-ah) is of Latin origin meaning bringer of light. Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will recognize her name as belonging to the vengeance demon Anya/Anyanka but she was definitely not named after the character. However, that was where I first heard of the name. Josh and I can’t remember who came up with the name first- Josh thinks he did and I think I did. In any case, it was at the top of our list for a while and Lucia was a late contender for a first name so we decided to use both.

I hear Anya stirring after a long sleep so it’s time to get ready to feed her.

Congratulations to Danielle and Josh!