For Sara Estrada and Carlos Yanes of Brentwood, their baby girl's arrival on Tuesday wasn't the hardest part of the pregnancy. It was their frequent worry over complications.
Estrada had an emergency cerclage at Stony Brook University Hospital when she was 20 weeks pregnant with their first child, her now three-year-old son Jesse. With her history of miscarriage in mind, Estrada's doctor recommended another one during this pregnancy as a preventative measure.
But on Tuesday, Estrada gave birth to Carla Sarai Estrada-Yanes without any complications. Carla Sarai Estrada-Yanes arrived at 1:40 a.m. weighing in at 8 pounds, 3 ounces – the first baby born at Stony Brook in 2013, and one of five born on Tuesday. Carla slept peacefully as her mother reflected on the past several months.
"I worried a lot during this pregnancy," she said. "I've got my two miracle babies thanks to God and Stony Brook."
Estrada and Yanes combined their own first names to arrive at a name for their new daughter. But if Carla's older brother had his way, her name would have been a rather unusual one.
"Jesse wanted to name her 'Bicycle,'" Estrada said. "He made me laugh that day."
Carla's nurse, Pam Wood, said the baby is as healthy as can be.
"She's the perfect weight," Wood said. "Mommy's comfortable with her care and nurses her like a charm."
Estrada thanked the doctors, nurses, and staff at Stony Brook. "With both of my kids, they've helped me so much," she said.
Estrada, who works as a quality assurance inspector for a pharmaceutical packaging company, and Yanes, who operates machinery for a sign company, said they couldn't be happier. Estrada said she couldn't wait to snuggle with her daughter – especially since Jesse won't let her anymore.
"He always tells me 'I'm not a baby, I'm a big boy,'" she said. "Now I have my baby girl and I can just bundle her up and hold her."
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