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.