[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!