Last month we introduced Sales Manager Jaime Putnam, who was expecting her second child in mid-December. In this special follow-up, we catch up with Jaime and hear how life is going for the mother of two, and hear the amazing (and fast!) story of how little Lainey made her stunning debut into the world. Plus, we’ve got a special giveaway of one of Jaime’s must-have favorite green sprouts products after the jump. Enjoy!
Name: Lainey Renee Putnam
Birth day: December 20, 2012
Birth time: 6:15 pm
Birth weight: 6 lbs, 15 ozs
Age: 5 weeks
Will you share the story of the day that Lainey was born?
I was home when my contractions started coming about 2 – 3 minutes apart. Luckily, my husband Eli had the foresight to only let me labor for 30 mins at home before he said we needed to head to the hospital.
We had to drive about 30 mins to get to the hospital and it was raining cats and dogs. I hoped we’d get there safely and that our baby girl wasn’t going to be born in the front seat of my car. My contractions were a minute apart by that time and I wished I could get in the back seat (dang those 2 car seats!). The passenger seat isn’t the most ideal place to go through full-on labor!
How did the delivery go?
It was fast and furious–35 mins from hospital doors to Lainey’s arrival! We had to wait on the doctor to arrive for me to actually push. Needless to say, there was no time for an epidural. I labored for 36 hours with Oliver, so a 2 hour labor took us completely by surprise! I wonder if the way she came into this world will be any indication of her personality?
What was the moment like when you first saw your new baby?
There are no words to describe the first time you lay eyes on the precious baby you’ve been carrying all those days and weeks and months. It’s the most joyous feeling in the world to finally meet them face to face…to hold them, to know they are healthy. It’s like time stands still for a few minutes.
What was that moment like for your husband Eli?
Honestly, I think it was a moment of relief–ha! He told me later he was really concerned that he was going to have to deliver her in the car or on the side of the road. He was wonderful and supportive during the whole wild ride!
What does it feel like to be a mother of two?
It’s really been wonderful! Lainey has been a dream baby; she nurses and sleeps well. And Big Brother Oliver has been such a sweet boy. He’s very loving and concerned with “his baby.”
What’s been the biggest surprise?
I’ve been surprised at how much smoother of a transition it’s been to go to two kids versus our first. I guess we are already in the “parent” zone, as we’re used to little sleep and all the demands of having a little one around.
What’s been the biggest challenge so far?
Not being able to monitor my very active 2 year old while I nurse the baby. I have to shut doors and barricade areas to contain my wild boy.
What are you most looking forward to?
I can’t wait until Oliver and Lainey interact more. I can’t wait for them to make each other laugh!
What giveaway would you like to offer our readers?
Want to win a 10 pack of green sprouts Sprout Ware Infant Spoons?
Like and share the link to this post on our Facebook page here. For a bonus entry, leave a comment below for Jaime or share your birthing experience–we’d love to hear your story, too!
We’ll announce the winner at 5 pm EST on Wednesday, January 23rd. Good luck!