THE REAL SIDE OF PARENTING, AS TOLD BY MAMA SAIGH: FORMER TV REPORTER + PRODUCER, TURNED FULL-TIME MOM + WIFE... JUST TRYING TO SURVIVE MOTHERHOOD. WE'RE A MINNESOTA FAMILY THAT LIVED AS EXPATS IN SINGAPORE FOR THREE YEARS. PAPA SAIGH, MAMA SAIGH, BIG SISTER LINNA, AND BABY JIMMY ARE BACK IN MINNESOTA, AND EXPECTING BABY SAIGH #3 IN MARCH 2018. FOLLOW THE EVERYDAY REALITY SHOW THAT HAS BECOME OUR CRAZY LIFE, ON INSTASTORY (@MELISSASAIGH). IS IT WINE O'CLOCK YET?!
I'm going to admit it now... we've had a rough couple days/nights with Baby Linna. A few days ago, Linna started spitting up almost all her milk, rejecting the bottle after just a few ounces, not sleeping well, and she was just plain fussy! She was even spitting up a ton in her sleep (and mama was having to wash her bedding every day). This is so the opposite of the content and happy baby we've been used to. So yesterday, we took her to the pediatrician and they diagnosed her with infant acid reflux. Poor baby! They gave us a prescription for Zantac and it has worked wonders! Linna is back to her content little self, and the spit up has completely stopped. She takes the medicine in the morning and at night. I hate having her on medication when she's so little, but if it makes her feel better and keeps mom and dad sane, well then I'm all for it:) She was also weighed at the pediatrician, and she's already 11 lbs. 6 oz.!
Snug as a bug.
Linna turned 7 weeks old on Monday and she celebrated by smiling at mommy and daddy for the first time! She's starting to recognize people's faces, and the other day she "coo-ed" at AJ. She's still sleeping in her crib (after spending a couple nights in the bassinet due to her acid reflux), and this morning I came in to find her sleeping on her side! She used to stay in one place in the crib, but now we find her in different positions when she wakes up. She's still sleeping 4-6 hour stretches at night. Last night, she slept 10:30pm - 2:30am, 3am - 6:30am, and then she slept until 10am. She's up a lot more during the day, and we really try to keep her awake from 5-7pm. Although, once 7pm hits, she takes a little snooze.
Mama and baby all ready for a cool night outside
I'm finding it kind of hard to sleep at night, because I'm constantly waiting for Linna to wake up. I can't seem to get into a deep sleep. I started turing the monitor off in our bedroom at night, because it picks up every little peep, which wakes me up. Linna's room is right next to ours, so as soon as she starts crying, I can hear her without the monitor on. I know this is just a "worried mama" thing, and I need to realize that she is just fine in her crib (there's nothing in there but her blanket), but I'll admit that it is tough! AJ and I are celebrating our one-year wedding anniversary on Saturday and my parents are taking Linna for the night, so it will be nice to finally get some sleep!