He’s here and he’s perfect!!! You guys, I have a son! I am so grateful to be able to share this little angel with all of you. And when I say angel, I MEAN it. He has been such a good baby to far. Super tough, barely cries and so far sleeps a ton!
And I am so excited to share his name with you guys today. Welcome Riley Doran Manno to the world! It’s crazy because the last two months of my pregnancy, we kept going back and forth between Henry and Miles. I had suggested Riley (and kept it on my top 5 list) a few months back but Kevin wasn’t taking to it like I was. So I had kind of dismissed it since Kevin wasn’t feeling it. But after our little guy was born he just didn’t look like a Henry or Miles to us. And after Kevin sat with him for a bit while I was recovering, he looked up at me and said “I think he’s a Riley.” I was so shocked to hear him say that but thrilled because I felt the same way! We struggled settling on a name that felt right for months and so many people told me that you know once you see the baby. That really proved true for us.
I think the reason Riley felt so right to us is because we were able to bring our family into the name. Riley is kind of a tribute to our siblings. Really his entire name is a tribute to all three of our siblings. Riley (Ry for short) is honoring Kevin’s brother Ryan and my sister Raya (pronounced Rye-yuh) And Doran is my brother Michael’s middle name and my mom’s grandmother’s last name. So as you can see, little Riley Doran’s name is very special to us! Our daughter Molly Sullivan Manno is named after my grandmother Molly and Kevin‘s grandmother Eva Sullivan. And once we came up with that name we knew that we would never regret it because of the family meaning behind it. And that’s how we feel about Riley. The name we’re proud of and we know that he’ll be proud of too.
As many of you know already, I was in labor for 22-hours. Longer than my labor with Molly! Which is unusual for a second child. I’m going to do a blog post in the future about my birth story, but for now I just wanted to tell you guys the name and thank you all for all of your love and support through this whole process! I feel like Riley has thousands of aunts and uncles all over the world in all of you! Thank you for loving us, thank you for loving Molly and thank you for loving him!
Here are a couple photos from our birth experience! Thank you to our dear friend Ashley Burns for rushing over to the hospital in the middle of the night on a moments notice to capture photos of this special time in our lives. We love you Ash!!!!