At 4:45 p.m. April 19th, baby made the long awaited appearance, and ... IT'S A GIRL! ^_^
Aine Lian-Huā is 7.5 lbs, 19 inches long, and has a full head of black hair (which is astounding since both DH and I were born bald, as were my two DS's).
Her name means:
Aine (pronounced "ahn-yuh") is an ancient Irish name that means "splendor, radiance, brilliance" Aine is connected with fruitfulness and prosperity, and appears in folktales as the best-hearted woman who ever lived, lucky in love and in money. The queen of the Munster fairies was also called Aine. Aine is sometimes represented by a red mare (side note: 2014 is also the year of the horse).
Lian-Huā, meaning "lotus blossom" symbolizes purity, grace and spiritual growth and when given as a name it means the woman is pure of heart and respectable. It is one of the eight precious treasures of Buddhism with special significance because the lotus is rooted in deep mud and its stem grows through murky water. But the blossom rises above the muck and opens in the sun, beautiful and fragrant. In Buddhism, the lotus represents the true nature of beings, who rise through samsara into the beauty and clarity of enlightenment.