Mr. Riggins: 6 months old.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

At six months old:

You have become quicker at your inchworm movement! When you see something across the room that catches your eye you kick it into gear and make your way to it. To the point that I've put you in your room to play and you've made your way to your sister's room because you can hear them in there playing. Time to put the Barbie shoes and rock collection away for a bit!

You’re in size 4 diapers and 6 months and 6-9 months sized clothes.

You’ve tasted brisket, beans (true Texan right there!), bananas, peas, and strawberries. But you kind of just chew it with your gums and move around your mouth the whole time and then push it out with your tongue.

You like to play peek-a-boo. We'll put your little swaddle blanket over your eyes and say "Where's Riggins?" and you rip it off and giggle like crazy when we say "Boo!" It never gets old - your laugh or the game!

You've also blown some raspberries at times and it's super cute. And you do this little squeal sometimes and when we do it back to you it becomes a game of doing it back and forth.

Still no sign of any teeth!

Your hair almost seems like it is lightening up a bit. Especially when the sunlight is on it; it has a bit of a reddish and blonde hue to it. 

As silly as it seems - I have quite a few pet names for you! Buddy Boy, Mr. Riggins, Mister, and Mister Man are the usuals.

We all love you so much! Your big, blue eyes, squishy cheeks, and fuzzy head just kill me.

Happy half birthday, little man!

Mr. Riggins: 5 months old.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

At five months old:

You've started to get up on your hands and knees! You also do a plank/downward dog type position at times. And you're somewhat able to get around! You kind of go up on your hands and knees and then launch your chest forward and then do it over and over again to get where you want to go. Slowly but surely. Next thing we know you're going to be crawling all over the place!

At your most recent checkup, you were 15.3 pounds, 25 inches long and you had a 17-inch head circumference. Growing so good!!

When you're tired you prefer to be laid down on your belly, have a pacifier and then covered with your swaddle blanket so that you can hold onto it - no more holding you and snuggling you to sleep or while you sleep. Such a bittersweet thing!

You've started to outgrow most 3-6 month sized clothes and fill out 6-month clothes really well! 

And size 3 diapers are starting to get small and snug, which is seriously so crazy to me. I'm going to be buying you size 4 soon and your sisters didn't wear size 4 diapers until they were close to a year or past a year old! 😳

You still light up when your sisters come into the room and you've started to giggle at them a lot more when they do silly things to get your attention and they just eat it up. It's seriously one of the cutest and best parts of being a parent.

Mr. Riggins: 4 months old.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

At four months old:

You're still growing SO fast! You're filling out your 3-6 month clothes and I'm starting to put away the 0-3 month and 3-month clothes. You wear a size 2 diaper right now and I may need to get size 3 when we run out of the size 2.

You can roll from your back to your stomach now! 

You enjoy tummy time a little more these days since you can play with your little toys on the floor - and everything you touch automatically goes in your mouth. 

You also wiggle around quite a bit when you're on the floor and in your crib. I've laid you down on the living room floor a couple of times with some toys and walk off to do something and the next thing I know you've somehow got your little legs under the couch! No more leaving you on the couch or bed unattended!

Any time your sisters walk into your view your face lights up and you follow them with your eyes - you've even given them a few giggles here and there! 

You have brought so much love and happiness into our home, little man. We couldn't imagine life without you!

Mr. Riggins: 3 months old.

Friday, June 22, 2018

At three months old:

You wear size 2 diapers! You were having blowouts more often, so we went up a size and I couldn't' believe that a size 2 actually fit! 

I also had to pack away all the newborn clothes and even some of the 0-3 month clothes - you're growing like crazy!

You're holding your head up so well and starting to enjoy patty-cake and peek-a-boo. 

You can roll from your stomach to your back, but you're working on rolling from your back to your stomach. You're getting close!

You're a pretty good little traveler! We've made a couple of small road trips in your few months of life and as long as we stop to feed you and let you stretch you're a happy camper!

You've also been talking up a storm! Your sisters love when you're making all kinds of noises and they play with you to try and get you to "say" more. :)

You've been drooling and chewing on things like crazy and I see two little white spots on your lower gum, but there haven't been any teeth that have broken through quite yet.

Mr. Riggins: 2 months old.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

At two months old:

You're starting to fit into 0-3 month clothes, which is crazy to me because I'm pretty sure your sisters didn't do that until they were at least 3 months old.

You were 12lbs 2.5oz (47th percentile) and almost 23in long (48th percentile) at your two-month check-up. Growing so good! And your head circumference was 15.5 (56th percentile).

You laughed for the first time! I found some ticklish spots and got you to giggle a little bit. And it's definitely the cutest thing I've ever heard.

You're so much more aware of what's going on around you. You like to give your sisters big smiles when they talk to you and they just eat it up. We all do! 

You're seriously so chill! The only time you're even remotely upset is if you're hungry, tired or have a dirty diaper. You're just along for this crazy ride with us and we're so grateful for that.

You really enjoy being in the solly baby wrap. That thing has become my greatest tool and secret weapon with little babies. If you're fussing at home and nothing seems to make you happy I just put you in and you go right to sleep. It's also awesome for when we go to the store, church or anywhere in general! Definitely beats having to lug around the car seat or pushing the stroller around.

You're a pretty good sleeper at night, which is a pleasant surprise! There have been a handful of nights where you've gone to sleep at 9 and haven't woken up until 6! 

Mr. Riggins: 1 month old.

Monday, April 23, 2018

At one-month-old:

You passed your birth weight within 6 days of being born - yeah buddy! 

You still fit into newborn clothes. 

You just eat, poop and sleep all the time. Typical newborn!

You look A LOT like Kennedy did as a newborn, so it'll be fun to see how much y'all look alike as you get older!

You love to be swaddled.

You kinda gag when we try to give you a soothie pacifier, but when we give you a mam one you do just fine.

We got to see your first smiles when you were about 5-6 weeks old! So sweet.

You are one loved little guy! Kennedy is obsessed with you and constantly asks to hold you and showers you with lots of kisses. Finnley has had a bit of a hard time adjusting to you being around. She does like to give you kisses from time to time, so I know she'll come around eventually. 😊

The birth of Riggins Clark Gordon.

Sunday, April 1, 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.

Sunday, March 25, 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!