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.
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!
Look at this lil angel!! She loves her naps and is always smiling in her sleep! She must have the sweetest dreams ♥
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
😍😍😍😍 Jessi your daughter is so adorable!! So glad we finally get to meet her!!! Congratulations!!!
Thank you love!! I’m so happy that you get to meet my sweet angel! xx
OMG the little princess is so beautiful, such a cute family. Congratulations!!!
Thank you Rachel! I can’t take my eyes off of her! xx
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What a precious little thing she is! Congratulations again to you both <3
Thank you so much, Monique! I can’t believe that I’m officially a mom!! Thanks for stopping by, love! xx
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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! 👍🏼♥️😘😇♥️
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Thank you so much for your sweet words, Mia! So glad I got to finally introduce her to you! xx
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!
Aw thank you love <3 Can't wait to share more with you :) Xo
This is so beautiful!! Congratulations to you guys xx
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Thank you for reading babe :) So happy I finally get to introduce her to you!!
Congratulations my girl! She is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! xx
Aw thank you Ashleigh!! I can’t stop staring at her haha she’s the sweetest girl!! <3 <3
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!!
Aww thank you love <3 We're so excited to introduce her!! Can't wait to share more with you :) Xx
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.
Hi Janelle!! So sweet of you :) Thank you so much for all your kind words and following along with us! We are so excited to introduce her to you! She’s already changing so much everyday, I can’t believe it! We’re definitely taking in every moment :) Hope to see you soon again ♥️ Xoxo Jessi
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 ❤️❤️❤️
Aww thank you for following along on this journey with us Tiff!! We are so happy and excited we get to share every moment with you :) We’ll definitely keep the stories coming :) Stay tuned!! Xx
Jessi.. your daughter is so adorable!
Thank you babe!! We are in LOVE with her <3
You baby girl is adorable! Perfect little family! God bless :)
Thank you for reading :) We are so happy to introduce her to the world!! Hope you’re having a great week!! Xx
aww!! congratulations. Precious little bundle of joy!! She looks like a very happy baby. Take care.
Thank you love!! She is such a sweet and smiley baby!! Happy all the time :) Xo
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)
Omg congratulations Maicy!!! That’s amazing!! And it makes me SO happy to hear that :) I love sharing this journey with you and couldn’t be happier that it has comforted you!! Thank you for all your kind words! Wishing you a safe and easy delivery :) Keep us updated! <3 <3 Xoxo
A TRENDY LIFE
You are so beautiful, love this post so much!
Thank you babe <3 Glad you enjoyed!!! :)
OMG es preciosa! Enhorabuena!
Besos a los 3
Thank you for reading Silvia!! We are so in LOVE with our lil angel!! <3 Xx
Congrats, guys! She looks adorable! Sending you and your little daughter best wishes and a Merry Christmas!
Aw thank you Corina!! We are so happy we get to introduce her to you! <3 Merry Christmas to you too!!
your baby is sooooooo cute
what a happy family
Thank you Vanessa!! We are cherishing every precious moment as a new family :) Xx
She’s beautiful <3
Aww thank you love <3 Happy Holidays to you!!
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!!
Thank you Ashley!!! We are so overwhelmed with happiness! Can’t wait to share more of this journey with you :) Stay tuned Xoxo
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You guy make a beautiful family. Congratulations! She is adorable and a beauty.
Thank you for reading love <3 She is so precious..I can't stop staring at her lol!! <3 Xx
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
Thank you for all your good wishes and advice Christine :) It has been the most difficult and beautiful week all at once!! I’m so thankful that she is a healthy and happy baby :) We’re cherishing every precious moment!! She’s already growing up so quick!! <3 Xoxo
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!
Thank you Stella!! It was a very hard labor and delivery, but all worth it in the end!! Congratulations on your little one..February will come in no time!! So glad you’ve followed along on this journey with us and I can’t wait to share more :) Wishing you a safe and easy labor <3 Best wishes and happy holidays!! Xoxo
This makes my heart so happy. Congrats again and happy holidays Jessi!!! Can’t wait to see you girls soon.
Aww thank you Amy!! We can’t wait to introduce her to you! Miss you babe <3 Happy Holidays!! <3 Xx
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 :)
Thank you love <3 It was one of the hardest experiences I've ever went through, but sooo beyond rewarding in the end!! So thankful for a healthy and happy baby girl :) Xoxo
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!
Awwww yayyy so happy you like her name!! So many precious moment this past week! Thank you of reading Radi <3 Happy Holidays!!
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
Thank you love!! She’s so precious!! So glad you love her name! :) Happy holidays to you! <3 Xx
Such an adorable, sweet little girl! She even smiles while sleeping! I love the name. congratulations! Xxxxx
Thanks love! <3 I literally can't take my eyes off of her! She's the best early Christmas present ever. xx
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!
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Thank you for your advice Kileen! I am more than welcome to any other advice or anything to for this new chapter in my life of becoming a mom! xx
She is SO precious and I’m so glad you’re okay! What an amazing early Christmas present. :)
Le Stylo Rouge
Thank you so much, Ashely! She’s the perfect Christmas present!!<3
She is just gorgeous!! Congratulations beautiful Jessi!!! What a way to end the year!!
Aww thank you love <3 We are so happy!! <3 Xx
This is sooo incredible! Thank you so much for sharing this dear, and congratulations! She’s so pretty, like her mommy!
Jessica | notjessfashion.com
Thank you babe!! We are so excited to share more with you :) Happy Holidays!!
Ohhh, she’s lovely!
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Thanks girl!! Happy Holidays! <3 Xx
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!
Awww thank you Katherine! All the pain was worth it in the end!! She’s the sweetest little girl <3 Xo
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She is SO precious :)!! :)
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Also she is the sweetest baby ever!!😘😘💖😍👼🏻
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!💖😍😘
OMG!! I was seriously so excited to see this post!!!
She is SO beautiful already!
Congrats to you both!!!
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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. :)
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!
Hi! She’s a beauty. Congrats! Where did you get your maternity gown/pajamas?