The Bachelor star Renee Oteri Maynard gives baby No. 3 two sweet names

Aug 13, 2016 at 12:16 p.m. ET

Proving, yet again, that losing as a contestant on The Bachelor was the best thing to ever happen to her, Renee Oteri Maynard gave birth to her third baby — a healthy boy — an experience so nice she decided to name her baby twice.

Maynard married childhood crush Bruce Maynard after being eliminated by Juan Pablo Galavis in Week 8 of The Bachelor Season 18. She gave birth Wednesday to a baby boy they've named Alex Jay Maynard, but they plan on calling him A.J. And, because she's an awesome open book who won't make fans wait for the goods, Maynard has already posted a photo of her little angel.


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Maynard is already mom to two boys. The former reality TV star has an 11-year-old son named Ben from a previous relationship, and she and Bruce welcomed son Jaxon in 2014. She has this whole "raising boys" gig down to a science, but one thing she and Bruce didn't have? A baby name!

"The name was decided after birth, which is something we have never done before," Maynard admitted. "Let's just say there was a minivan on the line. Serious terms. Haha!"

So, yes, Renee and Bruce struck up a sweet deal whereby he gets to purchase a minivan if she got to give baby No. 3 a traditional name. And it looks like the family will be packing themselves into a minivan before you know it because the name "Alex," which is Greek in origin and means "helper and defender of mankind," is as classic as you get. I also love the idea of giving her new baby a name that can easily be turned into a nickname with the initials A.J. There's something mysterious and fun about the name A.J. — and both his full name and nickname will carry over well into adulthood.

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Renee also admitted — and I love this — that the moment she saw her baby's face, she knew he was an "A.J." For all the moms-to-be out there struggling to come up with the perfect name, Maynard is a role model for not stressing about it. Your baby might just inspire you with his or her beautiful little face! Congrats to this couple and their gorgeous, growing family.