Sylvia Rhea Bass arrived bright and early this morning! I wish I had a spectacular birth story to share with you, but it was just a boring scheduled C section (thank the Lord!)
As for her name, Scott and I finally arrived at an agreement in the eleventh hour. In the Cuban tradition, all eldest daughters are named after their mothers. The way they distinguish between the mother and the daughter is that the daughter’s name is in the diminutive. For example, my great grandmother’s name was Maria Matilde, and my grandmother was named after her and called “Matildita.” My grandmother has friends (named after their mothers) who still go by “Sarita” or “Blanquita” even though they are in their advanced years. Anyway, we missed the boat on our eldest daughter (as well as the second and the third), but when Scott wanted to name this one after me, I thought it was a sweet nod to the Cuban tradition to have our own “Silvita.” As for Rhea, my family knows I have always been a Greek mythology nut, and Rhea is the titaness mother of Zeus. When Scott stumbled across that name, we knew it was the one. All of our girls go by their middle names, and this one will be no different.
And now, for the shameless baby spam.
I think she is going to keep up with her older sisters just fine. She has spent her birth day either nursing like a champ, sleeping sweetly, or forcefully lodging protest if you displease her. I cannot fathom how we ever got along without her.