Thursday, August 11, 2016

First Week of Three Little's

Well Friday was the day our baby girl turns a week old! Wow, it just keeps going quicker with each kiddo. This week has been one full of cuddles from all three of my babies. Pecos and Taos have adjusted so well to their brand new baby sister. I have been worried about how they would react the first week to having a baby in the house. Pecos is completely obsessed and her new nickname is the baby hog. She is constantly wanting to hold and kiss Clancy. At times I have to tell her you have to give sissy her space, but I'd much rather her love her than not love her!! Taos is taking to his little sister quite well. He doesn't mind the crying like I thought he might. He just says "sissy is sad Mama." It's quite sweet. Anything that has to do with Clancy he always has a huge smile on his face. Thankfully Clancy can sleep through pretty well anything. Playtime can get rough and noisy with Pecos and Taos at times. Taos dropped the metal sink to their  kitchen set right under her swing a few days ago and she didn't even flinch. If she didn't pass her hearing test I would swear she couldn't hear! 

Clancy is a great little sleeper and eater. The first couple of day I felt like I had to force her to eat. She came so quickly that she still had quite a bit of amniotic fluid in her lungs she had to get rid of. She was spitting up and gagging the first few days. It was hard for her to eat. After that subsided she turned into a champion eater and sleeper. As of now she only wakes up at 1 and 4 to eat and goes right back to sleep. Thank you Jesus! 🙌🏼 
I wanted to share with you a few things I would have never survived the first week of being a "Mama of 3."

1) Lanisoh Soothie Gel Pads & Nipple Cream
The first couple days we suffered from a terrible latch, and honestly were still fighting Clancy to open her mouth wide enough to get enough on her mouth. My nipples were so blistered and bloody. I've never experienced this awful pain before. We made our first Target run for these two items alone. After a day of applying the cream and wearing the gel pads I had significant healing. They were not blistered or bloody the next morning. I still keep the cream on to keep them moisturized. 

2) Activities for the Bigs
Pecos and Taos are handling mama's shared attention quite well. We've talked about it for the last month. Sometimes you can talk all you want, but they're little and still need mama. This being said we bought them a Leap Frog for the to share. Even though there have been some knock out drag outs over it, it has been a lifesaver. A few other things that have been great for feeding time are coloring books, play dough, and books. These items can keep the kiddos occupied for a while. I make an effort to put Clancy down during the morning while she sleeps to hold and play with them. And in the evenings about 8 I'll strap her in the wrap and we go outside to enjoy some fresh air. 

3) Support
Whether your support system is your husband, significant other, bestie, mom, or grandma they are so important!! It my case the saying "it takes a village to raise a child." I would not have survived the first week home of being mama of three without my amazing husband, inlaws and mom. My inlaws kept the kiddos while we were in the hospital and stayed till Sunday. My mom made us an amazing meal of chicken enchiladas. Cameron has been completely amazing. Taos has been helping Daddy check heifers being paid in candy! 😂 Daddy has cooked, helped bathe, and anything else I may have needed help with. I sure love that man with all my heart....I fall in love with him a little more each day! 😘 
4) Nursing Tanks
I seriously have been living in these things!! I bought mine at Target for $20. They're just so easy to unhook and get to feeding when Clancy is ready to go without a second to wait. They're comfortable and actually kinda cute with the button down middle. 

5) Evening Wallks
Getting out of the house after a few days was so key to helping me feeling like myself again. I'm a total outdoor girl. Don't get me wrong I love being in my house because it's my castle, but I always feel the need to go get outside! It's nice to get some fresh air and let the kiddos run wild for an hour. 

This weekend we took Clancy to her Lolli's graduation. We are so proud of her for following her dreams of being a teacher! We had great family time and ended up staying the night. Yesterday we had an impromptu newborn shoot with Cameron's aunt. She is incredibly talented with a camera. Clancy did so well and they turned out PERFECT!  

This first week has been a dream. I still can't believe we're parents of three!! We are so blessed that things SO FAR have been going so well. 
Thanks for stopping by today!  

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Clancy Louise's Birth Story










August 5, 2016 we welcomed Clancy Louise at 12:30 pm weighing 9 lbs 5 oz and 21 ins long. It was a day full of joy for Cameron and I as we completed our family along with Pecos Jane and Taos Ray. We are such blessed parents of three healthy beautiful children. 

Thursday afternoon I went in for my 40 week appointment for a sonogram and regular appointment with full intentions of waiting our baby girl out for her arrival. At the end  of the sonogram the tech told us that baby would be weighting right at 9 pounds, but there was always room for error. With this in my mind I started getting s little nervous about delivery. If the weightguesstimation was correct she would be my largest baby yet. This made me very nervous as you always hear horror stories of big babies getting hung. We went in for the appointment with Dr. Bannon and I was still dilated to a three....same as the week before. Before I spoke to him about my concerns about a 9 pound baby he did a sweep. When I showed him the specs from the sonogram he told me we could induce if it made me feel more comfortable. I agreed and he went to call the hospital to make my appointment for induction. A few minutes later he came back in and said how does 8 tomorrow sound?! A rush of excitement took over me as I nodded my head in agreement. I was finally going to get meet my baby girl!! I have never gone over was only three days but man were they long?! 

That evening we made calls to all our families and friends to tell them Clancy was to be evicted the next morning. I began to have contraction shortly afterwards. This was nothing new for me with this pregnancy. I had dealt with Braxton Hicks since the beginning of June daily. But when I started to actually feel pain I began to time them. They were getting to be 10 minutes apart. About midnight after my inlaws had arrived I decided to try to get some sleep. I stayed on the couch where I watched many episodes of Pioneer the only thing I watch. I woke at 2 in severe pain from contractions and stayed awake timing them till 6. They were still around 10 minutes apart. I ate a small breakfast got ready and we headed to the hospital. 

When we arrived we got all checked in and the nurse went to check me. I was at a 5, then it was time to wait for Dr. Bannon to come by. He was there in about 10 minutes and he checked me and I was a 6. They got my iv started and the pitocin going. It wasn't much time at all and the contractions were 1-2 minutes apart and bringing the heat. My mom and Cameron kept me wonderful company and kept my spirits high as a muddled through those tough contractions. About 10:45 I chimed got my epidural. I figured I might want to get that going so it had time to set in before delivery. I go pretty quickly. After they got the epidural done I had issues with it kicking in on my left side. So we moved me to my side to try to get it to numb. We had push the button three times but we finally got it going around 11:30. They checked me and I was still at a 6. The kiddos showed up shortly after. It was so great to see their faces before they were welcoming their new baby sister. Pecos was sitting in the bed with me and right around 12 my water broke. I have never felt this before in my life!! I have to say it was one of the neatest feelings. I know that probably sounds strange, but being our last baby I really wanted to know what it felt like. My whole family rushed out looking for Cameron as he was taking Taos to the candy machine to take his mind off of Mama in the scary hospital bed. She checked me and I had gone to a 10!! It was go time and they were rushing around getting ready for the grand finale! Cameron came rushing in with a worried look on his face that I later learned was due to our neighbor's baby getting hung at the shoulder during delivery. He said the hallways were complete chaos as they were scrambling to help in that delivery room. Thankfully Dr. Bannon first thing requested two nurses in the room just in case. He is such a wonderful doctor who listens to me and always stays calm. 

It came time to push and 8 minutes later we heard the cry of our Clancy Louise. Tears filled my eyes as I saw her for the very first time. All those leg cramps, heart burn, and pregnancy faded away quickly.  

 When the grandmas brought Pecos and Taos in the sweetness really began! Taos begged to hold baby sissy. He was so proud and he sat there with the biggest smile on his face. Then Pecos started singing the sweetest lullabies she made up. She had been practicing these for the last couple weeks. Oh everyone giggled and teared up at all love in the room. 

My sweet friend Kathryn Hager from Littlr H Creative stopped by to take a few pictures of our newest arrival. These pictures seriously leave me speechless. These are sweet memories that I'm so happy that I can look back any time I want to. 

Pecos and Taos' puppy outfits are from Sew Chill Designs. April Chilcoat is from Dallas and she is the owner, designer, and seamstress of Sew Chill. She is an amazing one woman show who juggles a wonderful business and motherhood. 
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Pecos loves this dress and I literally had to hide it from her for months for this sweet photoshoot I've had invisioned months ago. April was so sweet to make Taos a custom pair of puppy leggings for this special occasion. I strongly recommend checking out her website full of boy and girl clothes from her Fall collection. She has a new release tomorrow night!! 

Thank you for stopping by today and reading about a super special day in my life with precious children's clothes from Sew Chill Designs I'll cherish for a lifetime.