The birth of Riggins Clark Gordon.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

On February 27th Cole received a job offer in Lubbock and it met all of the criteria we had set in a new job worth moving for, so we packed up and moved to Lubbock on March 14th, the day I was 38 weeks pregnant. We were just praying that Riggins would stay put at least until we made it safely to Lubbock and that's exactly what he did!

Luckily I was able to find a midwife that would take me so late into my pregnancy. I had one check-up with her a couple of days after we arrived in Lubbock and another the next week. After my second one, she was a little concerned that I may have too much amniotic fluid since my fundal height was about 43cm (and I was only 39 weeks), which could result in cord prolapse, so she decided that it'd be best to try and get labor going sooner rather than later. I went to see her again on the morning of the 22nd (the day after our second check-up) so she could strip my membranes to try and get things going. I was almost dilated to 3cm and somewhat effaced, so we hoped that the membrane sweep would prod things along. I went home, showered, did some more unpacking and then we decided to go grab some lunch at Torchy's. By that point I had been having some small contractions, but nothing that I needed to stop and relax or breathe through. While we were waiting in line for Torchy's they started to become more consistent and uncomfortable, so I told Cole we should probably get our food to go and decided to go wait in the car. We came home, ate lunch and I decided I'd call my midwife. She was in our neck of the woods, so she stopped by around 2:30 to check and see if any changes had occurred and they had (I was 5cm dilated), which was exciting! That meant we'd be welcoming Riggins soon! 

We contacted the babysitter we had on standby for us and let her know we'd need her to come over soon and headed to the birth center around 3:30. I labored outside a little, in the tub, on the ball, in the bed - kinda wherever it felt right! My labor with Riggins was definitely the most intense out of all 3 and I honestly think it's because of the stress of the move, job change etc. and I just wasn't mentally prepared to have him; I didn't really make the time to think about it until I was in labor and even then I was kind of in denial that it was really happening. Also the fact that there was so much amniotic fluid meant that his head wasn't engaging as well/quickly as it could be and he wasn't applying as much pressure on my cervix, so my midwife offered to break my water and said that if/when we did he'd be born shortly after that. I was definitely nervous since contractions would feel more intense without the "cushion" of the water and told her I'd think about it, but that I wasn't quite ready so we waited a little bit longer. Contractions continued to intensify, so I knew that he'd be born soon and I finally decided to have my midwife break my water at 6:31. Things got really intense and I started to doubt myself and freak out, which I don't really remember doing with our girls, but I knew that because I was feeling that way that I'd be holding my baby soon - the end was near! When looking at the notes from my midwife about my birth, Riggins' head didn't really flex to fit through the birth canal, which explains why it was my most intense birth out of them all... but it did mean he was born with a perfectly round head! 😆 He was born at 7:05, just 13 minutes after my water was broken and the first thing I said was "HALLELUJAH!" He weighed 8 pounds and 3.5 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.

The craziest part is that as soon as I was holding him and hearing that first little cry of his I was SO dang happy and in love with him. It made every moment leading up to that one totally worth it.










Catching up on happenings in June 2017 - March 2018.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Yikes, it's been almost an entire year since I last blogged. 😳 And A LOT has happened since then. So here's what you need to know!

We went to Utah at the end of June/beginning of July. Found out we were expecting another baby at the end of July. Kennedy turned 4 in August and Darin, Lisa, Mckay, Hadley, and Campbell were able to be with us in Louisiana to celebrate her special day. We then went to Texas in September to watch my brothers play football and march in the band for the homecoming game. Celebrated Cole's birthday and found out that our sweet baby was going to be a BOY in October. Celebrated Thanksgiving with our good friends, the Kogers, in Lafayette. Finnley turned two in December and little after that we went to visit some of our really close family friends in Florida for Christmas. January through March of this year consisted of lots of job applications for Cole and lots of prayers that something would eventually work out. We finally got a job offer that was worth taking and we moved while I was 38 weeks pregnant. And then Riggins was born only 8 days after we moved to Lubbock. Since then we've been living in Lubbock and really enjoying it! 






























Our trip to Nawlins (New Orleans).

Thursday, June 8, 2017

We went on a little trip to New Orleans and the culture and history of it all were really neat to experience and learn about, but it wasn't the cleanest place - physically or morally. 😆  That being said we are very glad that we were able to meet up with some good friends of ours who are now living in the Bay Area of California for a few days. We had some beignets, Cajun food, took our girls to the Aquarium, explored the French Quarter, stumbled upon a gay pride on Easter Sunday, which is fine, except for the fact that some of the people on the floats weren't wearing much of anything. 😳  And we did a self-guided tour of Lafayette Cemetery (props to Heather and AJ for downloading that ahead of time). Kennedy's favorite part was probably when we rode on a trolley to get to the cemetery. She's obsessed with Daniel Tiger, so it only makes sense!

I would definitely recommend taking a trip to New Orleans because there is definitely so much about it to appreciate, but I think it's a one and done kind of a place as a family trip destination. Haha!