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19 Dec

Alessandra Marie Santiago | Our Birthstory and 1st Week As a Family

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Jessi Malay newborn baby announcement

It’s 12:30am and I’m currently pumping milk for the 5th time today after breastfeeding for almost 4hrs straight! My new life as a MOM!

Welcome to the world my babygirl Alessandra Marie Santiago!!!! There’s already nothing I wouldn’t do for you! Most babies come out of the womb screaming, upset, covered in blood and somehow you arrived into this world almost glowing, looking straight up into my eyes and smiling! You have a special, sweet soul and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life getting to know you! You were made from so much love and in this first week together as a family, your dad and I have fallen so deeply enamored with you and are just so grateful you chose us to be your parents.

Labor and delivery wasn’t easy. I started having very strong, uncomfortable contractions Friday night.. by Saturday they became painful and I went into the hospital. I wasn’t dilated enough so they sent me home. By Sunday the contractions became pretty unbearable and while in bed that night, there was a huge pop as my water broke!! I was admitted that night and spent all day Monday laboring in the hospital… my body went into shock, was shaking uncontrollably for 10hours straight and I had a fever that spiked to 105 degrees. Not exactly the candlelit, meditation music labor I had hoped for. Finally after given an epidural, I had a chance to catch my breath before pushing. We started pushing around 10:30pm on the 11th and almost 2hrs later at 12:24am on the 12th, you were born! One of the hardest experiences quickly turned into the best moment of my life, and nothing can compare to that first hour we spent together as a family.

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Alessandra, our first week together has been life changing. You’ve literally turned our worlds upside down and now our days (and nights) consist of feeding you (you’re insatiable and a hangry little monster like your daddy), changing your diaper, and staring at your sweet face as you dream. Every morning while you were in my belly I would pray for a healthy happy baby, and my prayers must’ve been answered because I have never seen such a smiley little girl! There’s nothing your daddy and I wouldn’t do for you, and we will always love you unconditionally. You’ve made us a family and made our dreams come true by making us proud parents. We love you we love you we love you!!!! Can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives getting to know everything about you, who you will become, and watch you grow into the amazing little lady you will undoubtedly be! Alessandra means “defender of mankind” and I can’t wait to witness all of the amazing things you will accomplish in this world! Love you angel girl!

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Jessi Malay newborn baby girl birthstory

Baby kisses!!

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Look at this lil angel!! She loves her naps and is always smiling in her sleep! She must have the sweetest dreams  ♥

Jessi Malay Family Baby Newborn

I love my family ♥

Thank you for all your kind words and sweet messages throughout this journey!! I love hearing your personal stories and can’t thank you enough for sharing them with me! I’m so excited to continue sharing this journey with you guys  ♥

Love always, Jessi

  • Samantha Ford

    😍😍😍😍 Jessi your daughter is so adorable!! So glad we finally get to meet her!!! Congratulations!!!

    December 19, 2017 at 2:35 pm Reply
  • rachel vogt

    OMG the little princess is so beautiful, such a cute family. Congratulations!!!

    December 19, 2017 at 2:48 pm Reply
  • Monique | Little Miss Mon Bon

    What a precious little thing she is! Congratulations again to you both <3

    December 19, 2017 at 3:31 pm Reply
  • La Bijoux Bella | by mia

    Awww, Congratulations your little Angel 😇 has arrived. Sooo sweet, such a beautiful and precious moment to cherished as a new family. What a lovely ♥️lovely post! 👍🏼♥️😘😇♥️

    ❄️🎄LA BIJOUX BELLA ❄️🎄 | by mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

    December 19, 2017 at 3:40 pm Reply
  • Patty M.

    Congratulations to your little family!! Your baby girl is so loved!! So excited for you and your family! Hope you’re having a great day!

    December 19, 2017 at 3:56 pm Reply
  • Lola Cezair

    This is so beautiful!! Congratulations to you guys xx

    Lola | http://thelushspot.com

    December 19, 2017 at 6:00 pm Reply
  • Ashleigh

    Congratulations my girl! She is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! xx

    Ashleigh x

    December 19, 2017 at 6:11 pm Reply
  • Shannen M

    Omgggg!! She’s so precious! So happy for you two <3 And how do you look this good after not even a week?!!! Hot mama!!

    December 19, 2017 at 6:48 pm Reply
  • Janelle Dreyfuss

    Jessi….Since we met at the Neiman Marcus luncheon, I have been watching all the fun activities you have been doing in preparing for this precious gift. Been counting the days waiting for the good news. I am so excited for you and your husband. What a wonderful adventure. Alessandra Marie is so beautiful (like her mom) and I adore her name.

    Can you believe its already been a week? Enjoy every moment. They grow up so fast. Our beautiful granddaughter, Raegan Loren, is already turning 4 mos. Those baby smiles and laughs are just the sweetest.


    December 19, 2017 at 7:41 pm Reply
  • Tiff H

    Congrats!!!!!! She is so beautiful! I always thought you and G were (are) #couple goals and now your family is seriously “familygoals 😍 Thanks for sharing this journey with us! You and G are adorable parents! I know you both must be sleep deprived but keep the stories coming ❤️❤️❤️

    December 19, 2017 at 8:10 pm Reply
  • Pinky

    Jessi.. your daughter is so adorable!

    December 19, 2017 at 9:16 pm Reply
  • docdivatraveller

    You baby girl is adorable! Perfect little family! God bless :)

    December 19, 2017 at 10:02 pm Reply
  • Manisha

    aww!! congratulations. Precious little bundle of joy!! She looks like a very happy baby. Take care.

    December 19, 2017 at 11:21 pm Reply
  • Maicy Gonzalez Schaffner

    Jessy I love your family. Congratulations on your beautiful Alessandra. I’m expecting my 1st child too. And reading your stories and watching your videos had really comforted me. You give me such as peace that at the end. Of our journey everything is going to be good for us. Thanks you very much for this. Keep rocking girl. You both are amazing parents already.
    Love Maicy ( a Dominican fan of youguys from Germany)

    December 20, 2017 at 2:13 am Reply

    You are so beautiful, love this post so much!

    December 20, 2017 at 2:32 am Reply
  • Corina

    Congrats, guys! She looks adorable! Sending you and your little daughter best wishes and a Merry Christmas!

    xo Corina

    December 20, 2017 at 2:51 am Reply
  • vanessa

    your baby is sooooooo cute
    what a happy family


    December 20, 2017 at 4:33 am Reply
  • Ewa Macherowska

    She’s beautiful <3


    December 20, 2017 at 5:02 am Reply
  • Ashley

    Omg!!!!!! Jessy!!! wow!! She is soo so soooo gorgeous like her momma. congrats babe!! A beautiful family and I cant wait to watch her grow!!




    December 20, 2017 at 5:16 am Reply
  • Comfy Cozy Up

    You guy make a beautiful family. Congratulations! She is adorable and a beauty.

    December 20, 2017 at 8:38 am Reply
  • Christine Kong

    Congratulations on your beautiful baby princess! What an adventure you went on to bring her into this world but all that is forgotten now. Having a baby is truly a miracle and so happy that she is healthy and you are doing well. The nights and days are difficult but also very rewarding as well. Enjoy these first moments as they go by fast. Beautiful family photos and thanks for sharing your journey! xoxo, Christine

    December 20, 2017 at 10:35 am Reply
  • Stella

    Congratulations my dear, I am so happy for you! Despite the hard time you had in labor, the happy moments that come afterwards make you forget all about anything that might have went out of the birth plan! I can’t wait for us to have our little one in February, and can totally understand your happiness! Alessandra is such a beautiful little angel and so lucky to have such loving parents like you! No wonder she is smiling even in her sleep :)
    Sending love your way and my best wishes for all of you!

    December 20, 2017 at 10:45 am Reply
  • Amy

    This makes my heart so happy. Congrats again and happy holidays Jessi!!! Can’t wait to see you girls soon.

    xx, Amy

    December 20, 2017 at 1:16 pm Reply
  • Lorna

    Yay Jessi!!!!!! I’m so happy for you. Seriously. Sorry to hear the labour was so intense and painful, that’s never good, but you got everything you wished for with your happy baby :) you’re gonna be the best mum and dad! So much love! She’s gorgeous :)


    December 20, 2017 at 2:13 pm Reply
  • Radi

    She’s absolutely beautiful just like her mom. I love the name you picked out for her.
    I’m sure the birth of your little girl is a moment you would never ever forget.
    Have a beautiful day!


    December 20, 2017 at 2:37 pm Reply
  • Short Girl Long Jacket

    Congrats Jessi! She does look super sweet and smiley, and her name is so pretty. Wish you the best in your new roles xx

    December 20, 2017 at 4:04 pm Reply
  • Elegant Duchess

    Such an adorable, sweet little girl! She even smiles while sleeping! I love the name. congratulations! Xxxxx


    December 21, 2017 at 4:06 am Reply
  • kileen

    congratulations Jessi!! This post is so sweet and take your time adjusting to new mom life. It’s a whole new world and even if it seems tough at times, just remember it’ll pass soon!

    cute & little

    December 21, 2017 at 7:54 am Reply
  • Ashley

    She is SO precious and I’m so glad you’re okay! What an amazing early Christmas present. :)

    Le Stylo Rouge

    December 21, 2017 at 8:58 am Reply
  • Jenelle

    She is just gorgeous!! Congratulations beautiful Jessi!!! What a way to end the year!!
    xx Jenelle

    December 21, 2017 at 7:51 pm Reply
  • Jessica

    This is sooo incredible! Thank you so much for sharing this dear, and congratulations! She’s so pretty, like her mommy!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    December 21, 2017 at 8:22 pm Reply
  • Nina

    Ohhh, she’s lovely!
    Congratulations family!

    La ilusión de Nina – http://lailusiondenina.blogspot.com.es/

    December 22, 2017 at 8:41 am Reply
  • Katherine

    Congratulations! Smiled as I read this (other than the fever and all the other pain you had to go through)!! SHE’S SO PRECIOUS and I love how much you guys love and adore her!


    December 22, 2017 at 9:26 am Reply
  • Clara

    She is SO precious :)!! :)

    December 29, 2017 at 1:37 pm Reply
  • Hala Johann

    I Love Watching Your YouTube Channel and Your Instagram Posts and Stories

    December 30, 2017 at 5:21 pm Reply
  • Hala Johann

    I Love Watching Your YouTube Channel and Your Instagram Posts and Stories

    December 30, 2017 at 5:21 pm Reply
  • Hala Johann

    Also she is the sweetest baby ever!!😘😘💖😍👼🏻
    Congrats Jessi!

    December 30, 2017 at 5:24 pm Reply
  • Jenna

    Congrats Jessi and Gabriel!😍🎉
    She is the most precious baby ever !😘😘
    I know that labor is not a easy thing but in the end you see the most precious thing in your lives!💖😍😘

    December 30, 2017 at 5:30 pm Reply
  • Taylor

    OMG!! I was seriously so excited to see this post!!!
    She is SO beautiful already!
    Congrats to you both!!!

    January 4, 2018 at 6:10 pm Reply
  • Miki

    These moments are so sweet and so prescious. You look beautiful and so does your darling baby Alessandra! What a beautiful family – such a blessing. :)


    January 11, 2018 at 10:32 am Reply
  • Lesley Kim

    Congratulations!! Yes, it’s never like the movies and the first year is just as different compared to how you imagine. Harder but also much more amazing! Have fun- I know it doesn’t feel like it as you are living it, but the baby stage surely goes by way too fast!

    January 18, 2018 at 8:22 am Reply
  • JAIME Hodges

    Hi! She’s a beauty. Congrats! Where did you get your maternity gown/pajamas?

    February 8, 2018 at 3:48 pm Reply

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