Thankfully we've had three girls and not three boys, because girl names have always been easier for me. Even with this being our third girl, I still had more girl names picked out than boy names. I told Ben that if this baby was a girl, we were definitely using the middle name Jubilee. I've always wanted to use it, but with our other two girls, we wanted to name them after family. I think Jubilee is pretty, but I've always loved the meaning. In the Old Testament of the Bible, the year of Jubilee was where all debts were forgiven every 49th year. The term transfers over and refers to our debts and sins being forgiven when we put our faith in Jesus Christ as our savior. We had an ultrasound where our midwife was 75% sure it was a girl. We decided to wait a month and have another ultrasound to be sure before announcing to the world, but in the meantime, we talked names. We picked out a name, but then we were watching the movie August Rush with friends, and the mom's name in that movie is Lyla. Ben asked me what I thought about it, and I told him I liked it and that we could use it. This was the first time Ben had suggested a name, so I was glad to accept it.
We decided on Lyla two weeks before our second ultrasound. Two days before the ultrasound, I got a text in the middle of the night from Ben's sister Katie that she had her baby. There was a picture, and underneath was the name. I did a double-take when I saw the name: Layla. What are the chances?! We had joked all along, since Katie and her husband weren't announcing the name, that we were going to find it out and announce it as our names. We never figured we'd actually choose names so close! We debated about whether to still use Lyla, and we asked advice of others (we were surprised how many families have the same or similar names in their families). I told Ben it was his final decision, and in the end, we decided Lyla Jubilee was the best name for our little girl. I love her name with my two other girls' names: Sophie and Brielle.