Saturday, June 10, 2017

Party of 6

It’s hard to believe that we have been a family of 6 for two weeks now! Our sweet little Collins June Gilstrap was born on May 26th, 2017! She weighed 6# 7oz and was just under 19” long. She is absolutely perfect & our entire family is in love with her! We thought we had completed our family when we were 5, but obviously God had other plans for us. Clearly we were meant to be a family of 6. My c-section went really well and I am on the road to recovery. I will admit it is a longer road than I remember, but at least I’m already 2 weeks into the recovery. Another change this time around is that Brian isn’t able to take off of work. Being a new business owner doesn’t really allow “time off” for personal business. Luckily, Aaron came in town for the weekend of Collins’ birth to help out in the tap room which allowed Brian to be with me during my entire hospital stay. Matt had everything under control up at work and we were all thankful to have Aaron’s extra help. My mom (Mimi) came to stay at our house with the kids and help out with Drake’s nursing care needs. She has since been splitting her time between here and her house with Kennedy & Hayes. Since I haven’t been able to drive or pick up Hayes, my mom has been the biggest help of all with the two of them. Brian’s mom has been great about coming over to help, too. Our family is such a huge blessing!

Adjusting to our new normal at home is going really well so far. Kennedy is over the moon excited to have a baby sister! She keeps saying, “I can’t believe we have a baby sister!” Hayes is excellent to pointing out “baby” to us wherever we have her in the house. It’s also fun to watch Drake with her. He clearly knows that she is there when I place her next to him. He’s much more careful with his movements. He is definitely aware of her. We miss Kennedy and Hayes terribly when they are away in McKinney for part of the week, but I am well aware that I need the help right now. This is a short term change in our life, and before we know it all 6 of us will be back together on a permanent basis. 

Welcoming sweet Collins June!

A little time hanging with her big brother

Thanks to Grandparents we were able get away for an anniversary dinner...15 years!

Pretty sure Riot is in love with our little princess!

Rocking his Mickey Mouse socks!

Miss Bright Eyes!

Checking out "Baby!"

Snuggles with Daddy!

Sisterly LOVE!!

It's going to be fun watching these two grow up together!

Newborn pics!

A little family walk & lake time with Hayes & Kennedy!

1st day of Pre-K and Last day of Pre-K!

Makes my heart happy!

He's so careful when she's next to him. 

We're in love with this sweet baby girl!

Pool time fun with cousins while visiting Mimi & Poppy!

Love these boys!!