Alana de la Garza ‘Waiting for a Sign’ on Son’s Name

08/23/2010 at 04:00 PM ET
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In the final stretch of her first pregnancy, Alana de la Garza has lost all control — and is loving it!

“As an actress you’re constantly striving to eat right, work out and take care of yourself to make sure that you fit into your wardrobe,” the former Law & Order star tells Latina.

“With pregnancy, you have no control — your belly is just going to get bigger.”

Due on Oct. 11 with a baby boy — “I had all of my in-laws in town when the nurse told me, so we all found out together!” — de la Garza, 34, and her husband Michael Roberts have found themselves in the middle of the name game.

“We have forever loved the name Axel, and it has suddenly become popular. So we’re like, ‘Oh shoot, maybe we should change it?'” she explains. “I keep waiting for a sign from God that says, ‘Okay, this is your son’s name.'”

— Anya Leon

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Alexa on

Coincidentally we are naming our son Axel. He will be coming into the world in 17 days! LOVE the name!!!

Mallory on

Who cares if it’s “popular”? It’s not that popular, in my opinion, but if you LOVE it that much, screw what everyone else thinks and name him that! Congrats on your baby boy, whatever his name may be! 🙂

Mina on

Sometimes you don’t get a sign “from God” (haha I’m atheist). The best thing to do is pick a couple names you both like and look for pro’s and con’s of all of them. A name is something that is so important so its good to discuss it and not jump at something then regret it later. I jumped at a name even tho I do like it…but for my next baby I have a list…a long list that has been getting shorter and changing for 8 years!! LoL

TC on

Funny she should mention that she’s waiting on a sign from God because that’s just what happened with my cousin.

She and her husband tried for years to have a child and she miscarried each time. The next step for them was invitro and they did that 3 times and each time she got pregnant only to lose the baby. They had decided they would only try 3 times before exploring other options. A few months after her last miscarriage she had a dream that she was sitting at the alter praying and Mary came up to her and told her she would have a son and to name him Daniel. Sure enough soon afterwards she got pregnant the ‘natural way’ and they had a son they named Daniel.

JM on

really not keen on the name Axel because it is pronounced the same as “armpit” in German 🙂 but to each their own. i’m an atheist too so i’m not waiting for any sign from god, but it is good to think long and hard about the name you give your child, it’s not a decision to be made lightly….

Lis on

TC, thanks for sharing that story…gave me goosebumps (and a few tears too 🙂 ) Good bless baby Daniel!

TC on

Thanks lis Daniel is actually in High school now but her story amazes me all the time