The pro dancer, who just welcomed a son with her husband Maksim Chmerkovskiy, shared the meaning behind their baby's unique name.
It's been almost two months since Dancing with the Stars couple Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy welcomed their little bundle of joy, a son named Shai Aleskander. Now, Murgatryod has revealed on her blog All Things Fam & Glam why she and Chmerkovskiy chose the unique moniker, reports Us. Apparently, the celeb couple struggled a bit to land on the perfect name for their little boy.
"First of all, naming a baby — who will one day be an adult out in the world — is hard,” Murgatryod writes on her blog. "It took months and months to find a name that both Maks and I loved and kind of embodied what he means to us. We knew that we wanted a shorter name that wasn’t super complicated, because ‘Chmerkovskiy' is kind of a mouthful, and he’ll always have to spell it out for people."
They "finally settled" on Shai, Murgatroyd shares, which is pronounced "shy" and means "gift" in Hebrew. "Honestly, it's a perfect fit, because from the very beginning, we felt like this little life we made was the most precious gift God could grant us," she writes.
As for "Aleksander," that was "all Maks," Murgatroyd reveals. "Maks didn't grow up with a middle name, but I definitely wanted Shai to have one," she notes. "So we gave him his middle name after Maks' dad Aleksandr (spelled a little differently to honor Shai's heritage but also make it unique to him)." She explains that it was "a really special moment" to honor Maks' dad in that way.
She also goes onto share how the couple has already given little Shai a nickname. "In Russian culture, they have this really cute way of adding '-chka' to the end of names as a term of endearment," Murgatroyd explains. "So, within the family, we've taken to calling him 'Shai-chka.'" Adorable!
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Love how proud this pair is of their little boy! And we're sure fans will be thrilled to now have the inside scoop on Shai's unique, meaningful name. If that wasn't enough, Murgatroyd shared a beautiful photo of her son on Instagram a couple days ago.
Too cute! We couldn't be happier for this sweet family!