Hallmark Channel Actress Jill Wagner Explains Why She Named Her Daughter Army Gray

Jill Wagner is a new mom! The Hallmark Channel actress and her husband David Lemanowicz, a former hockey player, welcomed their first child together on Friday, April 17, People reported. 

The newest member of the Lemanowicz family arrived at 12:36 p.m. and weighed 7 lbs., 8 oz. The couple gave their new bundle of joy a unique name: Army Gray Lemanowicz.

Jill Wagner gave her daughter a patriotic name 

Wagner, 41, and her husband, 44, gave their baby a unique — and patriotic — name. But there’s a sweet story behind Army’s moniker. 

“She was conceived on July 4 so we wanted a patriotic name and my husband is in the military so we chose her first name to be Army,” Wagner explained to People. “We thought that was a good name to honor both.”

Wagner added that they chose the American spelling for Army Gray’s middle name, opting for an “a” rather than an “e.”

“I have always loved that name,” the Mystery 101 star said. “It is strong, intelligent, soft and feminine all in one … which is what I want her to be.”

This is the second child for Lemanowicz. He also has a 10-year-old daughter named Lija.

Wagner says her life is ‘complete’ 

Jill Wagner holding an umbrella
Jill Wagner in A Harvest Wedding | Copyright 2017 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss

In an Instagram post announcing Army’s arrival, Wagner referred to her daughter as her “heart.”

“My life is finally complete,” she wrote. 

Wagner and her husband had struggled to conceive, she told People in November 2019. She had actually made an appointment with a fertility doctor, but when she went in for her first consultation, she learned she was already pregnant. “It was shocking, scary, and the best feeling in the world all at once,” she told the magazine. 

“This wasn’t an easy road and through a lot of prayer this little one found the way to us,” she wrote on Instagram when she revealed she was expecting. “I have never been a super maternal woman but I feel changes happening already just in this short amount of time. To all the mothers out there, I am honored to be a part of your team.”

Candace Cameron Bure, Lacey Chabert, and others offer their congratulations 

Matthew Davis and Jill Wagner in Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses
Matthew Davis and Jill Wagner in Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses | ©2019 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Josh Stringer

After Wagner shared her happy news, her fellow Hallmark Channel stars were quick to offer their congratulations. 

“YAAAS!!!! Gorgeous baby!!!” commented Candace Cameron Bure. “Gorgeous mama and papa from the inside out! Congratulations and welcome to the world.”

“So incredibly happy for you,” wrote Lacey Chabert. “What a gorgeous little lady!!!!”

Victor Webster, who co-starred with Wagner in the recent Hallmark film Hearts of Winter, was thrilled to hear the news. “Look at that little nugget, so stinking cute,” he commented. “Congratulations to you both, that’s amazing.”

Wagner’s Mystery 101 co-star Kristoffer Polaha also shared his well wishes. “Congratulations sweet family!!” he wrote. “Tell little AG that Uncle Kris can’t wait to meet her. Love to you all and so proud of you Jill!” 

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