Wednesday, November 25, 2015

One week of baby jimmy.

Mama Saigh loving every newborn snuggle.
It seems like yesterday that I was walking around with a gigantic pregnant belly. Now, Jameson (AKA Baby Jimmy) is already a week old, and time is flying by.

For those of you who have asked, Jameson Marshall Saigh was named after a few people. My dad's middle name is James, Papa Saigh's grandpa's name was Jimmy Saigh, and we have always loved the name Jameson. Marshall is Papa Saigh's dad's name. So, Baby Jimmy has a lot of love and background behind his name. Although we've had our challenging moments with Linna, and we're slowly adjusting to our new life as a family of four, I am honestly enjoying every moment. Baby Jimmy is the sweetest little boy, and his big sister loves him so much. I just wish I could freeze time.

While I'm still adjusting to my new sleep schedule, I'm also adjusting to a new life of changing diapers that involve a tiny penis with a mind of its own. Up until a few days ago, I was going though at least 2 diapers, 10 wipes, and at least one clothing change per diaper change. Baby Jimmy is exclusively fed breast milk (via pumping and bottles), so his poop is super seedy and runny. Getting all of the poo out of his little privates, while trying to control his crazy legs, and avoiding a huge mess from his sporadically peeing penis, has been a whole new challenge. We decided to not have Baby Jimmy circumcised (more on this later), which I'm thankful for, because I can't imagine having to deal with that healing on top of this new diapering adventure. I'm slowly mastering a diapering "plan of action" that works for us, and have to make diaper changes quick because Baby Jimmy HATES being cold (it's the only time he really cries).

Happiest big sister with her baby brother.

Baby Jimmy in the Moby Wrap, while Linna takes a bath.

Can't get enough of this little man..

Jameson is pretty much on his own schedule. He sleeps a LOT, and eats, pees and poops when he feels like it. I think his days and nights are backwards, because he'll sleep 4 to 6-hour stretches during the day, but just 3-hour stretches at night. Last night, however, Baby Jimmy gave me TWO 4-hour stretches of sleep. It was fantastic. I pump about every 3 hours, but will go up to 5 hours if I'm out doing something, or sleeping. I'm pumping about 6-8 oz. each session, while Jameson eats about 3-5 oz. every 3 hours, or so (I'm already freezing my milk). We don't wake him up to eat, but let him eat however much he wants when he's hungry. Baby Jimmy sleeps with me in the master bedroom, and Papa Saigh is sleeping with Linna in her bedroom. We are so proud of Linna because she goes to bed alone in her room every night (we read and lay with her for a few minutes). One night last week, I told Linna that Baby Jimmy could sleep in the Bassinest, so she could sleep in our bed with me. But, the thought of having Baby Jimmy waking her up at night sent her straight back to her own bed. My sister-in-law, mother-in-law, and Papa Saigh have been extremely helpful getting up with Linna between 7 and 7:30 a.m., so I can sleep in a little bit, since I'm up at night with Jameson. After experiencing postpartum depression with Linna, I realize how important sleep is. So far, I feel pretty well-rested, going to bed around 10 p.m., waking up a couple times a night to pump, feed, and change Jameson, then getting up around 7:30/8 a.m.

Big sister snuggles after The Wizard of Oz show.

Baby Jimmy loves his hand-me-down Wubbanub from his big sister Linna.

First bath after his umbilical cord fell off.

Baby Jimmy is still in his newborn clothes, and went from his birth-weight of 7 lbs. 12 oz., to 7 lbs. 4 oz. at his 1-week pediatrician check-up. His umbilical cord fell off at 8 days old, and I'm slowly realizing that his newborn days are numbered, which makes me SO sad. I've had my emotional moments, but allowing people to help me this time around has really made a difference in the "sanity" department. I struggle with my doctor's orders to "take it easy", but when I don't listen, I feel it... BIG TIME. I'm still healing, which is tough when you have a 4-year-old, a newborn, and a house to take care of. My sister-in-law, Holly, gave me one of the greatest gifts, cooking and preparing our family freezer meals that I can just pop in the oven or crock-pot. Not having to cook or menu-plan during the first week has been an incredible help. My mom has also been helping me out by picking Linna up from school some days, and taking her for the afternoon. My sister, sister-in-law, mother and father-in-law have also been incredibly helpful with Linna, and the household chores. I am so thankful for all the help from everyone, so I can spend time bonding with Baby Jimmy. I honestly couldn't do this without all the help.

Papa Saigh listening to blues music with Baby Jimmy, just like he'd do when he was in my belly.

Another perfect Minnesota Baby.

I know we're just at the beginning of Baby Jimmy's life, but I am loving our life as a family of 4. I know I said I was "done" having babies just a couple weeks ago, but I want 5 more (Papa Saigh, are you game?!)! Here are a few of my favorite baby products/gear that have helped us through Baby Jimmy's first 12 days...

Boudreaux's Butt Paste - With all Baby Jimmy's pooping, we ran into a little bit of a red bum. I'm not joking when I say that this thick paste cleared things up in a day. Plus, it's only about $5 at Target,

Kiinde Bottle System - I will write more about this amazing system later, but this bottle-system is a game changer. I can literally pump into the Kiinde bags, and the bags pop into a fast and easy bottle-feeding system. I can freeze the bags of breast milk, or feed Baby Jimmy right away after pumping. These bags can also be used as pureed food squeeze-pouches when Baby Jimmy gets older.

Moby Wrap - I don't know why I didn't use this baby carrier with Linna more often. I love snuggling Baby Jimmy, but I also have a 4-year-old to pay attention to, and work to get done. The Moby Wrap allows me to get things done around the house, while holding my baby close. Love being hands-free!

Zutano Booties - Baby Jimmy's tiny feet and ankles don't hold socks or booties very well, but Zutano's booties are one of the only booties that will stay put. I'm so glad I ordered a couple pair of these booties, because Jameson is in them all the time.

Medela Freestyle Double Electric Breast Pump - This breast pump is worth its weight in gold. Since I am exclusively pumping and bottle feeding (Jimmy can't figure out how to latch onto Mama Saigh's enormous boobies), this pump allows me to be completely hands-free while pumping my liquid gold. The pump is so small and powerful, and attaches to my clothing, or my hands-free pumping bra. At 12 day postpartum, I am pumping about 6-8 oz. per session.

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