Let me introduce you to Lyra Aurelia.
|Before we brought her home...at New Milford Hospital|
|She'll either be a pro rider, a gymnast, or a ninja...baby aerobics were a regular thing in utero and she is frequently kicking and kung fu-ing in her bassinet.|
|About to bring our girl home|
Oh, and how did we come up with the name Lyra, you ask? Well, let me tell you.
When we were looking at names, we wanted something unusual but not weird. We also wanted a name we felt a personal connection with. Phillip Pullman wrote a trilogy of books called His Dark Materials, and the first of these books was called The Golden Compass. That may ring a bell, because it was made into a film with Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig and Sam Elliott (video).
Why did this book/ film resonate with us? Well, Lyra's a very courageous girl with strong convictions. But each character, Lyra included, has a daemon - an animal spirit guide that's tied to their soul. Matt and I both think our animals choose us, not the other way around, and we have our own daemons wandering around TMF on a daily basis. On further research, we discovered that Lyra is a constellation and its principal star is one of the brightest in the sky. That's when we were sure it was the right name for our little star.