Tuesday 17 July, 2018

It's a boy: meet Anya Ayoung-Chee's son, Kaïri

Anya Ayoung-Chee and husband Wyatt Gallery (Photo: Andrew Gallery via @wyattgallery on Instagram)

Anya Ayoung-Chee and husband Wyatt Gallery (Photo: Andrew Gallery via @wyattgallery on Instagram)

Fashion designer Anya Ayoung-Chee is now the proud mother of a new baby boy. 

Her husband, photographer Wyatt Gallery, made the announcement on Monday. Kaïri Pilar Gallery was born at 7.31AM on July 3 at according to his Instagram post. Both Kaïri [Pronounced: kye-eer-ee] and Anya are in good health. 

loopjamaica Anya Ayoung Chee's son, Kaïri Pilar Gallery

Gallery shared an emotional post along with two pictures of Kaïri, saying that witnessing his son's birth brought him to tears. He added that although they didn't have a first name in mind at the time of his birth, they knew his middle name would be Pilar, a tribute to Anya's brother who tragically died in a car accident in 2007 at the age of 18. 

He explained that they took a few days to ruminate on his name, at one point considering to name him Iëre, said to be the original Amerindian name for Trinidad. "A friend suggested the Japanese name for Ocean, Kai. This reminded us that the Amerindian name Iëre was actually misheard by the Spanish, and it was actually Kairi or Caeri, which translates to “Island” in the language of the Carib people. Kairi also means Ocean Village in Japanese and Goodness in Arabic. We knew instantly, this was his name," Gallery said. 

Check out his full post below: 

 

"We are overjoyed to introduce you to our son Kaïri Pilar Gallery!!! [Pronounced: kye-eer-ee] Born on the 3rd of July, 2018 at 7:31am in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Witnessing his birth and his mother’s unbelievable courage and strength brought me instantly to tears. We are so thankful to everyone at Mamatoto Birthing Centre for preparing us and supporting us during labour, and to Dr. Boxill for a smooth and quick 30 minute delivery! Anya was a true champ and it made me fall more deeply in love with her than I ever expected. 


We didn’t have a definite name for him so we chose to be with him for a few days so that we could hear him tell us his name. We knew his middle name would be Pilar, named after Anya’s younger brother who died tragically as a teen. We wanted his name to reference the island that brought his parents together and is his place of birth. We thought of calling him Iëre, said to be the original Amerindian name for Trinidad. But at the same time we felt like he’s a Sage, full of ancient wisdom, and simultaneously has renewed us, like the Ocean continually does. Yet none of those names felt 100% right. Thankfully a friend of Anya’s suggested the Japanese name for Ocean, Kai. This reminded us that the Amerindian name Iëre was actually misheard by the Spanish, and it was actually Kairi or Caeri, which translates to “Island” in the language of the Carib people. Kairi also means Ocean Village in Japanese and Goodness in Arabic. We knew instantly, this was his name. 


This year is the 20th anniversary since I originally moved to Trinidad on a Fulbright Fellowship to photograph religious places that exemplify the island’s rich cultural diversity and history. Having a son born here on this year is magical and feels like total Maktub. To say the least, I am beyond grateful for this blessing and that he and Mom are 100% healthy." 

 

Congratulations Anya and Wyatt! 

 

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