Family welcomes third daughter

By: Tammy Rollie

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 08:18 am

Troy and Gina Kilbreath enjoy some snuggle time with daughter Jovi Stella, Okotoks’ new years baby born on Jan. 4. The little bundle of joy is the couple’s third daughter.
Troy and Gina Kilbreath enjoy some snuggle time with daughter Jovi Stella, Okotoks’ new years baby born on Jan. 4. The little bundle of joy is the couple’s third daughter.
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If Okotoks’ new year’s baby could talk, she would rave about the amount of attention she’s getting.

Jovi Stella Kilbreath was born to the delight of her two older sisters who have endless hugs and kisses for the little bundle of joy. Jovi Stella was born on Jan. 4 at 11:46 a.m. in the High River Hospital weighing eight pounds and 11 ounces.

Three weeks later, big sisters Berlin, 3, and Rio, 23 months, still can’t get enough, according to mom Gina Kilbreath.

“They always want to hold her and kiss her,” she said. “She’s pretty smothered.”

The night Kilbreath arrived home from the hospital, she carried her sleeping eldest daughter to her room and heard the preschooler talking about her little sister in her sleep.

“They love their sister so much,” she said. “We are still at the honeymoon stage. They want to know where she is, they ask if she’s sleeping or if she’s awake and they ask if she needs to nurse.”

Kilbreath, a teacher at Cameron Crossing School in Okotoks, said the birth of her youngest daughter brought some surprises. The first was when she was born. Berlin was born early so Kilbreath expected the same of Rio, but she was born nine days late.

With her third child on the way, Kilbreath didn’t know what to expect.

“I was like if she’s a true Capricorn like me she will be on time,” she said, adding her own birthday is on Jan. 18.

Kilbreath was right. Her youngest daughter was born right on her due date.

“She’s a punctual Capricorn like her mom,” she said. “I had all three at High River and they are phenomenal there. I couldn’t say enough good things about them. I had the same nurse for all three of my girls and I love her.”

The second surprise was the gender of the baby, although husband Troy had a pretty good idea.

“It was their dad that knew all three were going to be girls,” she said. “He just figured whatever our first one was they would all be the same.”

The Kilbreaths were ecstatic to add another girl to their family.

“I think it’s easier to have all three the same,” she said. “My husband said now we need a male dog. I’m going to get him a sympathy card.”

Settled comfortably at home, Kilbreath knows chaotic days are ahead.

“We have our hands full here,” she said. “Getting out of the house is definitely a big challenge. They are just so close in age.”

Along with the challenges of having three young daughters comes the fun, said Kilbreath.

“They are so funny and loving,” she said. “We get a lot of joy out of being parents. We laugh a lot.”


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