We are home! My new daughter...

[name]Sariah[/name] [name]Raquel[/name] is doing well! She was born 12/18 @ 11:13 am and was 5lbs. 9oz.

The Middle name:
We decided on [name]Raquel[/name] (my name) as the mn b/c we really wanted a family name. DH came around to [name]Noelle[/name], and we both liked the way it sounded, but we were also both bothered that it wasn’t a family name. Our final choices for the mn were [name]James[/name], [name]Noelle[/name], [name]Raquel[/name], and [name]Josephine[/name]. We were still trying to pick her mn the last day we were at the hospital, and it took us ALL [name]DAY[/name] to do so. DH decided that he would let his sister have [name]James[/name] as the middle name for her baby (who was born the day after [name]Sariah[/name]), since she was avoiding him on the whole middle name issue. We then took [name]Noelle[/name] off the list (although we still love the way it sounds) b/c it was not a family name. It was between [name]Raquel[/name] and [name]Josephine[/name], and we decided on [name]Raquel[/name] b/c even though [name]Sariah[/name] [name]Josephine[/name] sounds better than [name]Sariah[/name] [name]Raquel[/name] when the last name is added, [name]Raquel[/name] sounds better, and [name]Josephine[/name] is just too long. I still kind of wish that we went with [name]Sariah[/name] [name]Noelle[/name], but having a family name was very important to the both of us, so I am still happy with our choice.

We both came home together on [name]Tuesday[/name] - I had to stay an extra day longer than anticipated - and [name]Sariah[/name] came home earlier than anticipated. There were some minor complications with the surgery. I had so much scar tissue and adhesions (with this being my 4th c-section) that it was very difficult for the dr to find a place to take her out. The dr. was literally peeling organs apart from each other, my husband said at one point they had something similar to a solder gun and were burning the scar tissue away to make room. After they finally were able to get [name]Sariah[/name] out, they had to attempt to tie my tubes (which they were able to do). I had so much pain with that part that they gave me nitrous oxide and I passed out. After I woke up I was in such an enormous amount of pain that I ended up on a morphine drip for 2 days. I had to come home with a cathether b/c my bladder was still not fully healed and I was not able to urinate on my own. I go next week to hopefully get that removed.

[name]Sariah[/name] is doing well also. She was born with a low platelet count at thirty thousand (the normal is hundreds of thousands). So she got a platelet transfusion from the ones I donated a few days before the surgery. Other than the platelets, everything else was pretty normal. One day her bilirubin count was a little high, so they had her on the phototherapy lights for a day. She also had a slightly rough start to her feedings and needed an ng tube for a few days. But she was able to overcome all of that in 4 days and came home with me on [name]Tuesday[/name]! She is so beautiful, and looks like someone different in the family every day… which is strange to me b/c the other children looked like DH and that was it.

[name]Jacob[/name] and [name]Alanna[/name] adore their baby sister and are very much a big help to me (although [name]Alanna[/name] can also be more of a handful then helpful at times - but that is expected from a 2 year old). I am still in a lot of pain, and can’t do alot, so [name]Jacob[/name] is really helping me out by doing things like carrying things and cleaning up after meals. [name]Alanna[/name] does what she can do like throwing the clothes in the hamper and getting diapers. They are both a great big brother and big sister!

Congratulations [name]Raquel[/name]!!!
Sorry to hear about the complications–I hope you feel better soon!
[name]Sariah[/name] [name]Raquel[/name] is such a lovely name! The best of wishes to you and your family! :slight_smile:

Congratulations! [name]Sariah[/name] [name]Raquel[/name] is a gorgeous name - as I’m sure your wee girl is as well! Best wishes for a speedy recovery and happy holidays.

Congratulations… I hope you have a speedy recovery and can thoroughly enjoy your beautiful little girl and her older siblings!

So happy for you and your family! [name]Sariah[/name] [name]Raquel[/name] is a lovely name. [name]Hope[/name] you all feel super duper soon. Congratulate the big bro and big sis for me, too!

Congratulations and thanks for the long explanation. [name]Merry[/name] [name]Christmas[/name] to you all!

Congratulations, [name]Raquel[/name], and thank you so much for the update! I think that [name]Sariah[/name] [name]Raquel[/name] is a beautiful name, and I’m so glad you and the baby are home now. :slight_smile:

I hope you have a wonderful holiday, and I wish you the best! :slight_smile:

Big hugs!!! :slight_smile:


I’ve been looking each day to see when you and baby would arrive home! I’m SO glad you chose [name]Sariah[/name] - so beautiful and unique! I’m glad you and [name]Patrick[/name] went with a family name, [name]Raquel[/name], because I know you were really trying to do that. Yes, [name]Sariah[/name] [name]Noelle[/name] was beautiful, but baby [name]Sariah[/name] will always have a special connection to her mommy this way. Yay!

[name]Glad[/name] to hear you are both doing well after a bit of a rough start. [name]Happy[/name] and healthy at home just in time for [name]Christmas[/name]! Perfection. Did you ever get [name]Sariah[/name] a coming-home outfit? If you decide to post pictures, I’d love to see her.

Anyway, so very happy for you and your family. Congratulations on baby [name]Sariah[/name] [name]Raquel[/name] Gorman!

[name]Lauren[/name] :slight_smile:

beautiful, congrats!! and glad to hear she’s doing better. good luck!

[name]Hi[/name] again! So sorry I didn’t get back to everyone sooner. [name]Christmas[/name] [name]Day[/name] I had to make a visit to the ER. I started running a fever and was in a lot of pain from the catheter. It turns out I had a urinary tract infection and also the very beginning of a wound infection. (The treatments that I went for every week lowered my immune system, so infections were expected. I was put on antibiotics immediately during the surgery, but only for 48 hours.) I am feeling better now, but still very sore.

Thank you everyone! I would like to post a pic, but I don’t know how to do so. Could someone explain it to me, please?

[name]Lauren[/name], I did get a simple outfit for her to come home in. We decided to just go to Babies R Us and pick something out there. We picked out two outfits and she ended up coming home in a white long sleeved onesie that had penguins on a sled w/ snowflakes around it that said Best Friends. The pants were black with hot pink polka dots and a little bit of hot pink lace at the bottom (the hot pink came from the color of the scarfs on the penguins). We chose this outfit b/c the pink matched exactly the little booties that were made and donated to her in the NICU. Once I figure out how to post a pic, I’ll put it up for everyone to see!

Take care and I hope everyone had a nice holiday!

I hope you’re feeling better, [name]Raquel[/name]! I’m so sorry about the infection. :frowning: If you send [name]Pam[/name] a photo of [name]Sariah[/name] (such a pretty name) at pam@nameberry.com, I’m sure she’d love to post it on Nameberry!

I’m so excited to see your baby girl! :slight_smile:

Take care!

Congrats on [name]Sariah[/name] [name]Raquel[/name]! Hugs and thoughts of recovery to you!

Many congratulations and sorry to hear you have been unwell :slight_smile:

Thank you again!

Thanks [name]Jill[/name]. I will send an email tomorrow. I am so exhausted tonight, I’m almost falling asleep at the computer!

It has been a long day with 3 doctor appointments between myself and [name]Sariah[/name]. But good news! I was able to get the catheter removed today and had no problems going on my own! :slight_smile:

Good night and take care!


So good to hear from you! Sorry that you had to go through those infections, but it is wonderful to hear that you are feeling much better, though still sore, today. I can’t wait to see Miss [name]Sariah[/name] - her “homecoming outfit” sounds absolutely darling!

Well wishes to you and your family - [name]Patrick[/name], [name]Jacob[/name], [name]Alanna[/name], and [name]Sariah[/name]!

:slight_smile: [name]Lauren[/name]

congratulations, [name]Raquel[/name]. I think you chose the PERFECT name – excellent choice. And we’d be delighted to post [name]Sariah[/name] [name]Raquel[/name]'s picture with your birth announcement at the end of a nameberry blog – just send it to me at pam@nameberry.com. Thanks!

Thank you!

I did send [name]Pam[/name] those pictures, so watch for them. I didn’t send any pics of [name]Sariah[/name] in the homecoming outfit. I went through them and we didn’t take a pic of the whole outfit - just of her face. I really don’t know why. I’m going to have to dress her back in it and take more. Oh, and I stand corrected the polka dots on the pants are white, not pink - just the lace is pink.

I am getting better - slowly. I did way too much the past two days and now I am paying for it. Strict orders from hubby to sit and do nothing the rest of the week… easier said than done, someone still has to take care of the kids.

I will try to pop on tomorrow, but if not everyone please have a safe, happy, and healthy New Year!

Has a picture of [name]Sariah[/name] been posted? I checked the blogs, but I’m assuming this hasn’t been done yet…

[name]Just[/name] want to make sure!

Wishing everyone the best! :slight_smile:

[name]Hope[/name] that you are feeling better now and that [name]Sariah[/name] is going well too. Her outfit sounds lovely.

[name]Lauren[/name], I don’t know. I have been so busy that I haven’t been able to get on to check. I’ll email [name]Pam[/name] and ask.

[name]Rollo[/name], thank you! We are doing well now. [name]Sariah[/name] is perfect, such a good baby (knock on wood). I am feeling better, but still in some discomfort. A few more weeks and I should be feeling 100% again!