Update: Our Ciaran welcomes a son!

03/03/2008 at 03:40 PM ET

Ciaranbabe_1_cbbUpdate: Ciaran and Brian have chosen the name Galileo Zane for their son. They’ll be calling him Leo.

Originally posted March 1st: Ciaran, our fashion/gear senior contributor and a CBB reviewer, is a new mom for the fourth time! She and husband Brian welcomed a son on Friday, February 29th in California. He’s not named yet, but he weighed in at 6 lbs, 9 oz, and is 18 inches long. The new baby joins sisters Marly, 10, and Ani, 7, as well as brother Fox, 3.

As readers know, Ciaran had been stuck on bedrest, so not only are we happy that her son has arrived, we’re also glad she’ll get to return to writing for CBB from her desk instead of her bed!


And just in case you were wondering, Ciaran is wearing an ultra-stylish B.Y.O.G Hospital Gown ($95) in the Pink Lady print. Leo is sporting a sock monkey hat made with this pattern.

Congrats Ciaran and Brian!

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Carlie on

Congratulations Ciaran and Brian!

Your little one looks so adorable!

Sarah on

Oh wow! Congrats! One birthday every 4 years though….hmmm…what does one do in that case? Celebrate Feb 28 AND Mar 1!! Yay! πŸ˜€

Pam on

Congratulations Ciaran! I love your top/hospital gown (???) Very cute. Can’t wait to hear what you and Brian call him, your other kids have such interesting names!

susan on

Yay! Cute baby. But more importantly, healthy baby and healthy mama! But still, YAY! Cute baby! Congrats to Ciaran and the whole clan. πŸ™‚

Judyb on

Congratulations Ciaran and Brian!

Ciaran I really like your childrens names. I also really like your name. It sounds very Irish.

ang on

congrats! hope everyone is doing ok =)

nona on

wow, that baby looks a lot like her! from this tiny profile shot of him.

speaking as others have of names, how do you pronounce Ciaran? Please excuse my American ignorance.

Sarah’s note: She pronounces her name just like Sharon.

Shay on

As one Leap Day Baby to another (I just celebrated my 7th birthday)…Happy Birthday!

meghan on

a leap year baby! so jealous!!! congrats!

ME on

haha a leap day baby! thats so cute. Congrats!

Sara on

Ciaran is actually an Irish male name pronounced “Keer-awn”.

How fun to have a leap year baby-congrats!

Sarah’s note: Yes, but Ciaran pronounces hers as Sharon. πŸ™‚ Sorry, should have mentioned the actual origin and usual pronunciation to be clear.

poetryman69 on

nice photo…

the heart rises with sun over still and peaceful waters.

Be thou blessed.

Julia A on

Congrats Ciaran and Brian!
I was born on Mar 2 during a leap year so I almost had the Feb 29 birthday too.
As a huge X-files fan, I really need to ask, was Fox named after Fox Mulder?

Dana on

Congrats on your new little one!

Debbie on

Congratulations! Your little man is just adorable! Love your hospital gown wish I had something snazzy like that with my first two!

J.J. on

Congrats!! He’s so cute!!

Carlie on

Lovely name! Always liked the name Leo πŸ™‚

He looks so cute in his little hat, it’s nearly as big as him, bless!

Congratulations again, Ciaran and Brian.

Heather on

I love the name! Congrats Ciaran!

Janna on

Can someone tell me why people give their kids one name, and then announce they’re going to call them something else? If you’re going to call your son Leo, why not just name him Leo in the first place? I’m not trying to be confrontational, I’m truly, truly curious!

Sarah’s note: Maybe Ciaran can answer when she’s out of the hospital.

nona on

love that new picture, Leo is adorable!!! he looks so serene.

and now i have another pronounciation question…

Lay-o or Lee-o?

Becky on

Lovely baby. Love the nursing photo. Very earthy.

Sarah’s note: She is nursing, but not in the pic. πŸ˜‰ He has a paci in his mouth.

lis on


I LOVE the name πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Nad on

I dont even know who they are! :S

Clarice on

cute cute names! is Fox short for anything?

finnaryn on

Congratulations to Ciaran and Brian! πŸ™‚

To answer the naming one name and calling another, I don’t see it any different than using a nickname. In fact, because Leo is part of Galileo it really is no different than naming a child Jennifer and calling her Jenny.

Many people want to have a more formal name, for school and business and have a nickname that their family calls them. I have always been called Annie by everyone in my family, but my “formal” name is MaryAnn, which has always been used for school, work and my friends. My parents couldn’t decide between the two names so this was their compromise. My mom wanted MaryAnn because she had a sister that died very young with the name. However, my dad’s suggestion of Annie gave me a name that my grandmother could use and not be continually reminded of the baby she lost. It has always made sense to me and I don’t mind having two different names.

All three of my kids have nicknames that we call them and we only use their β€œformal” name for school.

Krystal Dawn on

My daughter’s name is Aurora and we call her Rory for short. I think it’s fun to have some variety. I love Aurora. I love Rory. I love that she has a formal name and a ‘fun’ name. To each their own, if you don’t want to shorten a name then that’s your parental right πŸ™‚

LOVE lil Leo. The name is VERY creative and beautiful.

erica on

leo is GORGEOUS! i love his little knit hat! congratulations ciaran and brian!

Jes on


Since there are always posts on where to buy cute things babies are wearing, I thought I would share the link to pattern for the hat! I am knitting one here soon!


Colleen on

He’s adorable! Congrats Ciaran & Brian! I really like the name & the nickname too.

Hila on

Yay, congrats! And a pattern from my fav knitting site too!

Andria on

Janna – There are a few different reasons people choose to call their children by something other than their full name. Naming a child after a family member, for example. My friend’s son is named Jonathan to carry on a family tradition honoring the paternal grandfather, but they call him Jack because she really wasn’t a big fan of John/Jonathan. Another reason people do it is because the full name they have chosen seems a bit heavy for a child. I think Galileo is a good example. It is a totally cool name (I REALLY love it!!), but it’s also a mouthful to be using all the time – especially for little kids (imagine preschool classmates trying to say all those L’s!). Conversely, some people find a shorter name they like, but feel that it doesn’t sound formal enough(or just doesn’t sound right) as a full name. They want their child to have the option of something more formal/grown-up later. Also, a lot of people just think nicknames are cool:)

Obviously that’s not an exhaustive list of reasons people do this, but those are the most typical reasons I’ve heard.

Andria on

I should also add CONGRATULATIONS to Ciaran and Brian!!! Leo is adorable and I LOVE the name!