I have been doing lots of watercolor painting this weekend. I'll get some of it up once I have the time. For now, I wanted to share the reason we chose the name Lyra, as requested in one of the comments.
There are two reasons for her name:
1) I love the stars, and there is the constellation Lyra. It means lyre, as in the instrument that Orpheus played to calm and enchant nature and the animals. The story ends tragically, as all myths generally seem to.
2) This one might be more controversial...I know a lot of people were opposed to these books, but I will not debate them. Phillip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy has the lead character whose name is Lyra. She's a feisty little redhead, and although she's not perfect, we liked a lot of the qualities she portrayed.
It was fairly unique, without being totally unheard of. And we were so excited when we found out we were having a girl, and we'd get to use this name. I'm obviously sad I won't have a little redhead (assuming she took after me...the nurses said she had red hair) running around, but her name is not wasted. She's forever our little Lyra, and forever loved.