Meet Riley Ann

Wow it’s been a long time. I guess you could say having two kids in two years has kept me busy. But, it only seemed right that since I shared Adley’s birth story, I sure as heck better share Riley’s in case blogs are around when they’re teenagers and one of them feels slighted…. #secondkidproblems

So, where to begin? In all reality, we’ve been in a newborn fog for the last 3+ months with everything going on. Stuck at home, with a screaming newborn, a busy toddler & a worldwide pandemic….it’s been a lot to take. But the fog is lifting, we’re seeing more & more glimpses of a happy, healthy baby girl and finally enjoying being parents of two little gals. I just keep telling myself sleep is overrated and coffee is a gift to tired moms from the Lord himself.

Oh Riley Ann. She came into the world quickly. I knew she was going to come early, but I stubbornly set my expectations (and my schedule) for her to come around her due date (February 26th). Around the 10th I was feeling like I’d be pregnant forever (if you know, you know) and this stage is hard. I had no idea just one week later we’d be meeting our sweet, dark haired, blue eyed little Riley. A few days into the week and I was having pretty consistent pre-labor contractions so I knew she was coming sooner than later. My hospital bag was packed, my work was mostly wrapped up & backup plans for big sister were in place. But after a few “this is it” moments that turned out to be nothing, we went into the weekend with me feeling defeated and sure that I’d be having a baby in March. (HA!)

By Sunday morning, I just knew. So I quickly finished up some last minute work at church that morning, packed the last few things in my hospital bag & waited. Sunday night we went for a walk, had friends over and played games but around midnight, those pre-labor contractions turned into real contractions and things got very real, very fast.

Josh’s sister came over to stay with Adley and we hopped in the car and headed for the hospital. Every bump in the road on the drive was pure torture. We checked into a quiet & empty hospital around 2:30 or 3am and I measured at 4cm. A little over an hour later I was a 9….holy cow those contractions were not messing around. After some failed pushing, we decided to wait for Riley to get herself in a better position so I would actually feel the urge to push. My midwife, Summer, was the perfect calm in the storm that is natural labor and Josh was the best breathing coach, hand holder, water re-filler and encourager a mama could ever ask for…I’m telling you, having good people by your side during childbirth is SO IMPORTANT.

Around 6 I really started to feel the urge to push but was so tired that I was struggling to actually do it. Summer & my nurse told me that Riley was starting to have a little bit of a harder time being compressed in my pelvis and she needed to come pretty soon…so that turned on the mama bear instincts and I knew I had to do whatever it took to push her out. I don’t remember exactly how many times I pushed but it couldn’t have been more than three or four times after that and Riley Ann was born on a warm & sunny Monday morning at 6:26am. A perfect little dark haired girl, who took a second to start crying but then basically didn’t stop for the next three months.

Riley Ann Cristy

Born: Monday, February 17th, 2020 at 6:26am CST

Where: Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, Fort Worth, TX

Weight: 7 lbs. 8 oz.

Height: 20 inches

Hair Color: Dark Brown

Eye Color: Blue

Like I said the last 3ish month with her have been a blur, a total fog of emotions & exhaustion, but despite all of the hardships of it there has been joy, so much joy. Joy in seeing Adley as a sweet, caring big sister. Joy in seeing my mom hold her second grand baby and my mother in law hold her fifth grand baby. Joy in those moments of peace where everyone’s sleeping (because that did happen a few times). Joy in caring friends checking in on us, bringing meals & loving us through what felt like the hardest season in the midst of it all. Joy in seeing Riley in Adley’s old clothes and being reminded of how fleeting these baby years really are. Joy in seeing Riley smile. Oh friends & family, there’s been so much joy. I can’t wait for you all to meet this sweet girl of mine.

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