Several people have asked about Raia's name, so I'll write about that here. (I remember that I answered everyone's questions about Jaan's name soon after he was born, too. Click here for that.) Now is a good time, while she's asleep, and Jaan's "swimming" right here near me on the balcony. There isn't that much to say about it, though.
Really, we just chose the name because we like it. It is a Russian name. It's usually short for Raisa, which our name book says is from Greek and means obedient and compliant. Our Raia is just Raia, not Raisa, though. That's also really close to the Russian word for paradise (rai). The other Raia that we know says that her parents named her Raia, because she was such a heavenly baby. We can say the same about our Raia.