|Jimmy, age 4 months.|
|My sweet boy.|
The first few months of Jimmy's life were pretty rough on me, as I struggled with my role as a mom of two, while battling postpartum depression/anxiety. But now, I feel like I've finally found my groove, and I'm in a very sweet spot with my kiddos. While Jimmy isn't as great of a sleeper as his big sister was (and she still is) at his age, he's finally getting the hang of sleeping 12 straight hours at night. Well, he's getting there. For the past few months, Jimmy would go to bed at 7 p.m., after downing a 7-8 oz bottle of breast milk or formula, and wake up like clockwork at 3 a.m. to eat. He'd go right back to sleep and wake up again around 7 a.m. (often earlier). At his 6-month check-up, Jimmy's pediatrician was concerned about Jimmy's weight-gain, as it was declining (he hadn't started solids yet), and he was only in the 20th percentile. She said that Jimmy was waking up at night because he was hungry. He's been eating 2-3 meals a day (fruits, veggies, oatmeal cereal, quinoa, yogurt, etc.) for the last couple weeks, along with a 6 oz bottle after each meal, and has really started to fill out. While he was still waking up at 3 a.m., he'd only drink about 2 oz., and then go back to bed. We started cutting out the 3 a.m. feeding entirely, and giving him his paci ("wah") instead. Surprisingly, it's worked! Jimmy now eats dinner around 5 p.m., has a bath, plays a bit, drinks a 7-8 oz. bottle before he falls asleep around 7 p.m. Now, if we could only get him to forget about waking up to say "hello" at 3 a.m.
|Papa Saigh reading to the kiddos.|
Jimmy was exclusively breastfed via pumping for the first five months. I had saved a good amount of milk in the freezer, and could keep up with his feedings by pumping just 3 times a day from 3-6 months. Pumping is incredibly time-consuming, and while it is a labor of love, it was really affecting my stress-level, patience, and parenting. But, for some reason, I REALLY struggled with completely quitting pumping. At 5 months, I went down to pumping 2 times a day, and then to just pumping in the morning. Although I wanted the ease of switching Jimmy to formula, I was apprehensive about it. I think it's because I made it a year giving Linna only breast milk (she never had formula), and part of me felt guilty about not making it that long with Jimmy. However, switching to formula was one of the best decisions I've ever made. While formula is expensive, it is SO convenient! I also didn't have to buy formula for an entire month, because I requested samples from companies, and my pediatrician's office. Jimmy's pediatrician told me that all formula is basically the same, so we weren't set on a certain brand. Every time I went in for one of the kids' appointments, I'd ask the nurse if they had any formula samples on hand. I seriously made it over a month before I had to buy formula!
Jimmy has also had two haircuts in his first five months of life. This kid has an incredible head of hair, and people are constantly commenting on it when we're out in public. He's started to sit up in the grocery cart too, so he draws a lot of attention when we're out shopping.
Our baby boy has been an incredible joy in our lives, and is the perfect addition to our little family. I am so excited to watch him and his sister grow up together! Look at how much Jimmy has changed in just 6 months...