Thank you all so much for submitting so many forms to the Zoo! We are so thankful for everyone's support in this.
The name for the baby giraffe will be picked by the handlers that take care of the giraffe. The Zoo leadership will pick 5 names for the handlers to choose from, and then they will make the final decision.
We are so thankful to have even had the opportunity to try and name the giraffe! But we completely understand if the handlers choose a different name. As you can see, James absolutely loved the Dallas zoo. We had the opportunity to take him several times, and he had a BLAST!
And just so you all know- we support the zoo in whatever name they choose! We can always go to the zoo and call her "Jamie"- even if they don't choose it! I know that many of you have called the zoo on our behalf. I can't thank you enough for thinking of us. The zoo is well aware of the situation, and they are inundated with calls! Please know that they are doing a wonderful job of manning the phones, and they want to keep the contest fair.
Because there is a trip involved, we have told the zoo that if the name "Jamie" was to be picked, and they were to award the prize to us, we would absolutely not accept the trip. What is done with the trip would be up to the zoo, but we would whole-heartedly embrace the trip being donated to a family in need or to Make a Wish Foundation or whatever the zoo wants to do! I know these are hypothetical situations that would occur after the naming, but I just want to clear that up!
Thank you, again, for all of your support! We are so incredibly blessed by this out-pouring of love. You are so very dear to us, and we cherish all of your thoughts and prayers still.
And I have to add this- wasn't James the most beautiful baby? I just love the last picture of him. We were checking out the lion at the zoo (I think it was the lion...could have been a tiger or a jaguar. It's hard to remember!). I know he's my baby so I'm not supposed to brag...but sometimes I just can't help it. :) I miss those sweet eyes taking in the world, always inquisitive and searching for the next thing to pop up.