Despite all the whining over when the hell our baby was finally going to be born, turns out she got here exactly when our OB said she would. Am I the only person to ever give birth on their actual due date? I think I might be.
Our beautiful Harlow Eden arrived at 9:41am on Thursday morning, November 15th. She weighed in at 6.13lbs and is 18 3/4″ long. She is currently fed and sleeping, which is far more than I could have said about Mazzy at barely a day old.
I don’t have the energy to go into her full birth story right now. I’ll save that for next week. But I wanted to give a quick explanation for her name.
Harlow is named after Mike’s father, Harold, who passed away when Mazzy was about 9 months-old. It’s Jewish tradition to use the first letter of the most recently deceased family member and I hope Harlow will feel a special connection to her grandfather even though they will never meet. That is how I feel about my grandfather Irving.
We narrowed down our choices to Harlow and Harper, but ultimately chose Harlow because I feared stepping into Mommy & Me class and finding fifteen other girls with the same name. Harper is on every list as one of the fastest rising names of 2012. And yes, I pay attention to such things.
The middle name was a bit more complicated.
Mazzy’s middle name is Rose, short for my maiden name— Rosengarten. I thought it would be nice to use another flower for Harlow’s middle name since together, they would make up a garden. But flower options are not that easily paired with Harlow.
Harlow Lilly sounds like a tongue twister.
Harlow Violet sounds like a celebrity child mash-up from 2008.
Harlow Dahlia sounds like two first names.
Harlow Daisy just sounds stupid.
We finally thought we had figured it out with Harlow Ivy (Beyonce usage aside), but then I read that Ivy often likes to strangle garden roses as well as slowly kill the trees which allow it to thrive… and then Ivy seemed like the worst possible choice for the name of your child.
So we were stuck.
Finally, last week, in a moment of desperation, I called my mom and my sister and told them about our dilemma. I told them we wanted to find a middle name that was related to Rosengarten but couldn’t come up with a good flower.
They called me back in about five minutes and said, “We figured it out.”
“Eden. Like the garden of Eden. And bonus, it’s also a kind of rose.”
“HOLY SHIT. I really like it. And my middle name is Eve so… Eve in relation to Eden is pretty cool. Eden might actually be… PERFECT.”
“Not so fast. I need Mike approval.” (We all know how that can go…)
I told Mike later that evening. He gave me the head-cocked big-eyed nod— a Mike signature expression that means, “Huh. Against all odds, you have said something with which I agree”.
Mike told me that his father’s middle name was Edward, so Eden would give Harlow his dad’s exact initials.
As I said— PERFECT.
Thank you to everyone who wished our family well yesterday on facebook, twitter and instagram. The response was overwhelming and really touching.
I know I left you all hanging most of the day, but Mike made a special request to keep the day SOCIAL MEDIA FREE, until after the baby was born and all our family members were notified.
So… you have him to thank for the absence of my LIVE VAG-CAM.
Let me be the first to say you’ve made a beautiful baby with a perfect name. Mazzy holding Harlow was as precious as precious can be – so gentle and sweet – just like you. I couldn’t be happier. You are a wonderful mommy.
Love & kisses
Yay welcome to the world H.E. !
Congratulations! She is so beautiful. I hope you’re doing well and getting lots of rest.
Congrats! Beautiful baby and name 🙂
She looks like Mazzy already. Oh, the hearts these two will break. 🙂 And hey! This one CAN marry my son, because Harlow Mazzina is totally acceptable unlike Mazzy Mazzina.
Congratulations!! She is beautiful!
She is beautiful! I saw her sweet face on facebook and commented how I love her name….now I think it is even more awesome after hearing the story of it! Again, congratulations to you Mike, and Mazzy!!
Congratulations on the safe arrival of Harlow Eden (LOVE the name) and to your now little family of four!!! I agree with others – Harlow does look a lot like Mazzy! Wishing you a speedy recovery and some rest, where and whenever you can get it!!
PS – the only other person I know to deliver on their due date is my brother’s wife who delivered two (of three) of her girls on their due dates!!! An anomaly indeed.
I found your blog from babble and just wanted to say congratulations! My baby was also born on her due date! And I was born on my due date. It runs in the family. When my daughter was born the midwife kept saying she’s going to be born on her due date and I thought they were crazy (it was late at night) but she was (at 11:42pm).
Congratulations, Mike, Ilana and Mazzy!
Beautiful baby, beautiful name. Mike, you will have your hands full fending off admirers for all of your girls!
She is absolutely beautiful! And I love the name!
Can’t wait to hear all the stories she will inspire.
She’s beautiful; congrats! Love the name story – we also gave our son a middle name derived from my maiden name. So happy for you. Enjoy the wonder of these first days.
thank you, mike.
and super congrats! so happy for you guys!
I cannot believe you blogged one day after giving birth. I could barely put together a grocery list one WEEK after giving birth. Please tell me you wrote this ahead of time. If not, I really think you might be superhuman.
Congratulations on beautiful Harlow Eden with her beautiful name and beautiful head full of thick, black hair. You are so blessed. 🙂
P.S. I also meant to add that I’ve gotta go with Mike on this one. Glad you kept the day private and special. And also I’m thankful for no vag-cam. 😉
What a beautiful beautiful beautiful name! I love Harlow and the Eden story just topped it off!!!! Congrats Wiles family!!!! You have a family of gorgeous ladies!!! Mike, you a’ight too 😉
Congratulations!! And she was so punctual! My baby was also born on his due date. My whole extended family had a betting pool on when he’d be born and not a single person picked the due date… so baby got to keep the windfall 🙂
Congratulations on the birth of another beautiful daughter. I’ve got 2 girls myself (only 15 months apart – yeah, we’re insane!) and despite the challenges, it is a lot of fun. Although we’re not quite looking forward to the teenage angst years… And I love the name! My first daughter arrived on her due date too (11/12 – maybe it’s a November thing?). So, no, you’re not the only one – it does happen! 🙂 Congrats again!
Congratulations! She is beautiful, and her name is so special. I’d like to think that Ivy is not actually the worst possible name choice for a child, as that is my daughter’s name. And it’s pretty perfect for her, too, in my opinion.
She’s beautiful and I love her name, it IS perfect!
Thank you Mike, I don’t think I could have handled a vag cam.
How’s Mazzy loving her baby sister? Has she claimed her for herself yet?
Congratulations! She is beautiful!
Congratulations! Hope you’re feeling wonderful!
Beautiful name and beautiful wee girl! Congratulations!
Sniff sniff. I love it even more now. Blessings to your whole family. xo
I love that story! And I love the Jewish tradition. Both my twins have middle names after our grandparents (as well as my last name as a middle name) – so yes, they’ll be 24 by the time they can spell their entire name.
And Happy “Birth” Day to you, Mama. May the sleep angels be with you all!
Aside from all the “Harlow Daisy’s” you may have alienated, she is truly beautiful, adding just one more gorgeous face to the Wiles’ family instagram albumn. Congrats, Ilana, and that’s for keeping us in the loop. Next to breast feeding, it’s the most important thing. Love, B.
“Huh. Against all odds, you have said something with which I agree”.
I love your husband. lol.
She is perfect.
Love the name. Love the story of the name. Love the photo. And I LOVE that your husband managed to have a social media free birth day.
Congratulations times a million.
Congratulations!! She is perfect! You have a lovely family!
Such a beautiful baby girl! Congratulations; love the name!
Congratulations. Beautiful name, I love it.
So happy for you. 🙂
Congratulations! I’ve been wondering how it was going. Beautiful name as well. I’m glad you chose Harlow instead of Harper for purely selfish reasons. We named our daughter Harper back in 2007 when no one was using the name (it’s my husband’s grandmother’s maiden name). We thought we were doing great using a meaningful family name and then all of the sudden in the last 3 years every other kid born on this planet is a Harper. 🙁 WAHwah…
Again….congratulations she’s just beautiful.
Congrats!!! SO beautiful. Good job, mama. xoxo
oh my word, not only is her name perfect, but so is she. AWESOME. Super huge Congrats to you all! And Welcome Harlow Eden!!
She is absolute perfection, and the same is beautiful. May Mazzy torture her as little as possible, and may she torture your ability to sleep as little as possible.
Also: I argued with my OB for the entire 9 months. I KNEW my due date, he disagreed. My son was born on MY due date. Done.
Then my daughter (again, I calculated the date myself) was born mere hours before her due date.
I am nothing if not timely.
Cant wait to see a photo of Mazzy holding her baby sister. But its not about us, try to rest up.
Congratulations on your TWO beautiful girls. So happy for your family.
Live Vag-Cam not necessary! I can’t believe you’re blogging FROM THE HOSPITAL!
So happy for you, Mike and Mazzy! And, I know I said it when I saw you last month, but you looked amazing, even at 8 months pregnant (which makes me hate you, just a little).
Now, get off the computer/ipad/iphone, and go hold your baby!
Congratulations! I love her name.
I actually gave birth on my son #2’s due date! It’s rare, but it happens!
I love the story of her name. Much more interesting than my husband and I driving from California to Pennsylvania and trying to decide letter by letter. We finally got to M: “How about Melissa? No. Maggie? No. Morgan? No. Mariah? Sure.”
I said it before and I’ll say it again: I wish you sleep. 🙂
Such a great story. I love that all the names you’ve chosen have a story and a meaning. I wasn’t that deep with my kids’ names. She’s beautiful! Congrats to you, Mike and Mazzy – from me and the whole team here.
Love her little face and her perfect name!
Congratulations! Love the story of her name.
Hi Ilana! Congrats, I love the name!! Ella was born on her due date too – its 5% of all babies.
Thanks, Mike, for the lack of vag-cam. We love you, Ilana, but not that much.
Welcome, Harlow Eden! And congrats to mama, dada, and big sis Mazzy! You have a beautiful family.
Beautiful baby, perfect name, and awesome name story! SO happy for you! Congrats!!! 🙂
Beautiful name! And it’s so cool, because a friend of mine is pregnant and due in January, and they picked out the name Eden for their little girl’s first name. So cool to see two Edens out there! I love the name Harlow, too!
I only know one person who gave birth on her due date, an ex-pat friend of mine living in Switzerland. She attributed it to the fact that the Swiss are apparently always very punctual. lol.
Get lots of rest, and I can’t wait to read your birth story when you get around to it! Totally understand if it’s awhile from now though! 😉
A name so amazingly fitting for a beautiful, sweet girl! Congratulations!
Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl! I see a lot of your husband’s looks in that little face. I always thought that Mazzy looked like you, though, so I guess it’s even. I hope that you’re feeling good and that Mazzy loves her little sister. The alternative is, well,…… Looking forward to the birth story!
Congrats to you all. I love the naming story, thanks for sharing.
I’m so happy for all of you! Beautiful baby girl and the most perfect name ever! Congrats on your perfect little family. Enjoy that newborn baby smell. Best thing in the world,.
I just love it! All of it! Congratulations on your beautiful little girl with the perfect little name!
The second I saw “Eden” I thought “Yep, like the garden – garten – it’s perfect.”
Wishing you all so so so much love and joy and sleep.
(Good luck with that last part.)
Congrats! Perfect name for a perfect baby for a perfect family 🙂
She is perfect! Congrats!
She’s beautiful!!! Congrats. 🙂
And this made me laugh out loud:
“He gave me the head-cocked big-eyed nod— a Mike signature expression that means, ‘Huh. Against all odds, you have said something with which I agree.'”
I get the same look from my husband periodically.
Another Jewish naming story…
I am a single mother by choice who gave birth earlier this year. Because she has only one parent, it felt especially important to connect my daughter to her family.
My baby is named for her two great grandmothers: Evelyn and Terry. Her first name became Evelin (pronounced as Evelyn Waugh did) and she goes by Eve. Her middle name is Tikvah, because during the three years and two miscarriages that preceded my daughter’s arrival, I wore a pendant that said ‘hope.’
I love that you also picked two names so lovely and meaningful to you and your family. Congratulations and best wishes from an admiring reader.
Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl with a perfect name to match!
Congrats! Great name and she already looks like a very optimist person to me for some reason 🙂
aw, such a sweet story. congrats to you all.
Congratulations from germany. I’ve been following your blog but never comment. Seems like a good time to do it, especially because i LOVE the name harlow!! Enjoy the hospital stay, don’t hurry getting home and sleep all u can!
Congrats Ilana! Love the name, love its genesis.
Wooohoo! She’s here.
And she’s so beautiful.
LOVE the name.LOVE.
Congrats to you, and your whole family.
Harlow Eden sounds like the name of a rose: beautiful!
How cute are those little chicken legs? Nom nom nom. We like chicken nuggets and we love Harlow Eden. Mazel tov!
She’s beautiful! And I love her name! yay that I approve and you don’t have to change it!
Eddie came on his due date too. Every single nurse made sure to tell me how rare that is. so high fives to that.
Also? I love name stories. They are almost as awesome as birth stories.
Mazel tov! Your kids have such cute names!
I love how that all came together, and congratulations to you all. I know exactly the husband head nod of which you speak. Steve and I could not agree on names. I’d suggested Anna after his grandmother, and he was only lukewarm about it. Anna arrived and a few minutes later we called Steve’s sister. “You know, today would have been grandma Anna’s 100th birthday.” He couldn’t argue.
And I love the name. It is perfect.
One of my children also has the middle name of Eden…except it is “Edan” because it’s a boy. His grandfather and father have the middle name of Dean: I need to be different and mixed it up.
Wondering if you have a poll started regarding how soon people will start asking you about the possibility of baby #3? For me, I was not even home from the hospital yet!
Harlow is probably the best girls name in the entire world. Probably.
I have Harlow Rose…..so…..soul sisters? You and me?
In related news, HARLOW EDEN IS BEAUTIFUL.
I’m so excited for you and your little family, Ilana.
How is big sis coping?
Congrats! She’s adorable!
I’m sorry— I love the name Ivy! That’s why it was the only other name on our list of two names for months! I just thought in the spirit of the whole two flowers in a garden theme, it seemed a little sinister, you know?
We came very close to naming her Harlow Rose! If we couldn’t figure out another flower, we were just going to give her and Mazzy the same middle name. Two roses in a Rosengarten and all that.
Excellent taste, you and I 🙂
Stunning name- congrats on your beautiful new girl!
Yep, just perfect! Congratulations to you all and I for one (and many others, I KNOW!) are most excited to hear stories of her growing up with sister Mazzy!
Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl! I love the name. I gave birth to my son on his due date and I sympathized with every one of your get here already posts. The last two weeks are the worst and I don’t know how people who go over due do it.
Congratulations! She is beautiful!
So happy for you! She’s so lovely. XO
Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful baby, enjoy every second of it (well maybe not the lack of sleep). My daughter was born on her due date too; there is something special about that.
Harlow is so beautiful! Just like Mazzy. As I said, you and Mike make beautiful babies. Love Harlow’s name! And I love the story behind it. Mazel Tov. Wishing you all the best of everything and much love.
So cute, congratulations!!!!
Beautiful names for a beautiful babe!
She is SO gorgeous…and fits her name.
Congratulations! She is a little miracle.
When I was in labour with my #3, I went into denial and INSISTED on labouring as I WINDOW-SHOPPED at the local mall. My husband and best friend couldn’t convince me that this was stupid. Turns out I was right – my labour was 18 hours 🙂
Your blog got me through my last trimester of my pregnancy, and I’m quite sure my husband owes you his life. Seems fitting that my daughter was born on the same day, an hour apart. I love the name Harlow, congratulations.
Wow! My daughter is Harlow Eden too! Born 12/10/30
Having read this I believed it was extremely enlightening.
I appreciate you finding the time and effort to put
this article together. I once again find myself personally spending a significant amount of time both reading and commenting.
But so what, it was still worth it!
Congratulations! She is so beautiful. I hope you’re doing well and getting lots of rest.
Congrats, Illana, Mike, and new big sister, Mazzy.
I just had my beautiful little girl, Mira-Rose. Mira is daughter to Anya (Me) and Bryce (my hubby) and the little sister of Tillie-Mae.
I’m a bit worried about Tillie-Mae though. All of these changes have been coming so fast. She just started kindergarten and now Mira-Rose is here. But I’m sure she’ll adjust.