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Phineas Harrison H., 3-Sep-2009

Here is R. N. (*) Phineas Harrison H., born September 3, 2009 in Mexico City. He's doing well, as is Heidi. He made a lot of noise when he came out (C-section; not by choice) so he's got healthy lungs. 6 lb 8 oz, or 2.95 kg. "That's three Pipers!", says Heidi. I got to come into the ER and take photos. He has triple citizenship (Mexico / US / Australia), but as yet has not chosen a preferred language.

We all came home from the hospital (the 'ABC Medical Center,' which sounds like a strip-mall blood bank, but is actually Mexico's finest hospital) after 48 hours. Heidi is fast! Now he's at home, where he mostly sleeps and eats. He's had his eyes open more and more, and occasionally will hang out and watch, but usually he's content to nap.

Notes on the name: Harrison was my dad's middle name. According to the US Census, Throop has 1558 individuals in the US, plus a concrete company (throop.com); it is an invented name - see the history. Of those people with Heidi's last name, there are just 203 (now 204), plus a plumbing company in Cleveland, and a city in central Germany. As for Phineas, the census web page tells me: "Phineas is not in the top 1000 names for any year of birth in the last 9 years. Please enter another name." But famous Phinea in history include Phineas/Phileas Fogg of 80 Days fame (his name varies in different translations), P. T. Barnum, and Phineas Gage, a medical oddity of the 1800s (he lived for 12 years after having a crowbar pass through his brain, and was actually hired by P. T. Barnum as a sideshow act). Phineas was also a mythic Greek king, son of Poseidon, who guided Jason and the Argonauts through a pair of tricky crashing rocks in the Bosphorous.

(*) recibe nombre, i.e., receiving a name. But the nametags list him as R. N. The paperwork also lists my occupation as Gastronomo, for whatever that's worth.

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The anaestheseologist prepares to inject Heidi with a long needle.
In the ER. I had to stand behind her, and wasn't allowed to 'help out.' Even though c-sections are common, it's serious surgery, and was a lot messier than just a simple cut & stitch. There was a lot of pushing a pulling and stretching. They took their time to get in there -- about a half hour, and then more to put her back together.
There he is!
Then they washed him off a bit. He was awfully purple at first, though I understand that's pretty normal. By now, 3 minutes later, he's turning a nice pink.

(Even a week later his skin is a bit darker -- Heidi says he could pass for a Hispanic.)

Heidi gets to meet him! That's Heidi's main doc there sewing her belly back together.
Now we're driving off to the newborn room.
We stayed at the hospital for two nights. (My mom tells me that for c-sections in Australia, when I was born, 10 days was the norm.)
Phineas is learning all about horned animals in his sleep.
Piper gets to visit. Check out that Hermana Mayor (older sister) security badge! Also, whenever Phineas came to visit our room, the hospital supplied his own personal security guard posted outside the door (no joke!). Kidnappings are big in Mexico City, so they try to be careful against that.
One of our neighbors visiting the next day.
Piper is choosing names! Her top favorites (for real): Piper II, and Viper.
Here's the 4-course meal the hospital brought for us. Not seen, but still jabbed into Heidi's back, is the epidural needle with painkillers. Check out that fine Spanish wine! Vive Mexico!
Getting packed up to take off.
Now we're at home. There's some finger-picking action going on here.
Various cute photos...
Loquat comes in for a photo session.

My mom (aka Granny Throop) comes out for a visit!


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