James Van Der Beek: We Came Up With The Same Name

James Van Der Beek’s wife Kimberly posted a sweet photo of her husband and their little girl Olivia, 3, via Instagram on Tuesday (February 4).

She wrote: “@vanderjames getting creative with “the witching hour.” Reading books by black light. Nice one daddy.”

Last Friday Kimberly also shared that they named their third child – born on January 25 – Annabel. The caption reads: “We named our baby girl.”

The couple also have 22-month-old Joshua. James was recently on The Talk to promote his film Labor Day when he shared how the pair came up with the name.

People reports the actor said, “We felt like we needed to meet [her] first … and we’re just lazy. We had not had a single discussion about a name before the baby was born.  I said, ‘By the way, do you have a name?’ She said, ‘Well, only one name came to me.’ I said, ‘Yeah only one name came to me too.’ And it was the same name.”

The couple also waited until the birth to find out the baby’s sex.

“I never really had a preference with either one of the first two,” says the former Dawson’s Creek star. “We already have all the stuff for girls and boys, so there is no logistical reason for me to know, so we thought it would be fun to do it old school.”

He added, “Olivia knew before my wife was even showing. I was in the car and she said, ‘My sister’s hiding.’ I said, ‘Your sister’s hiding — where?’ She goes, ‘In Mommy’s tummy.’ Everybody thought boy with this one – it was a surprise for us. Every psychic and everybody who said they knew … ‘I’m telling you, it’s a boy.’”

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  1. Rosy

    What a sweet story, Annabel is a very pretty name.

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