Jeff Schroeder and Jordan Lloyd are opening up in an exclusive interview with Us Weekly about their first few weeks as parents to Lawson Keith, who they welcomed October 13.
As with a lot of new parents, the biggest adjustment for the Big Brother stars has been getting used to a newborn’s sleep schedule.
“Jeff and I take shifts,” Lloyd, 30, explains. “Normally I go to bed early and then I’ll wake up at like 3 or 4 and then he goes to sleep and I take over. It’s getting better, though. He used to wake every two hours, on the dot. That kind of puts you on edge a little bit, losing sleep and things like that, but you’ve got to understand he’s just a little baby and he’s crying because he’s trying to tell you that he’s hungry or he needs his diaper changed. So you kind of have to be patient, and patience isn’t one of my best things throughout life.”
Although Lloyd says “he cries all the time,” she is mostly unbothered by little Lawson’s wails. “You’re like, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m so tired.’ And then he’ll smile at you and you’re just like, ‘Aw, OK,’” she says.
After six weeks with their bundle of joy, Lloyd and Schroeder are figuring out what makes their infant happy, and perhaps more important, unhappy.
“He doesn’t like a wet diaper! But he doesn’t mind if he sits longer in a poopy diaper,” Lloyd explains. Adds Schroeder, 38: “He likes to be clean! And he wants to be close to you at all times, which, I don’t know if that’s going to be a good thing growing up, but right now that’s how he is.”
As far as likes go, the new parents agree that their son — who Lloyd says “looks like Jeff, I wanted him to look like Jeff!” — enjoys being outside for walks.
While Lloyd admits to some “anxiety” about bringing a newborn home, the couple say that their parental instincts did kick in right away. “We were in the hospital for four days. You stay in the same room for four days and the nurse will be like, ‘I’m going to take him to go get a bath.’ And you’re like, ‘Well I’ll go with you, where are you taking him?’ And you have this, like, natural protective instinct even though you’re in a hospital and it’s all locked down and you’re like, ‘I better go with you to do that.’ It’s just a weird thing, like a protective animal or something,” Schroeder explains.
“When Jeff and I went out our first night, like at dinner, we ended up just talking about Lawson,” Lloyd recalls. “And then after we had a few drinks, it was just like, ‘We need to get back home.’ The whole time we were like, ‘I feel bad for being out, I need to be home with him.’ And then you feel better when you see him and you’re home.”
Schroeder and Lloyd, who have been together since 2009, found out they were expecting in late February, in the midst of wedding planning. At the time, Lloyd told Us the news threw them “through a loop.” The two were married in a courthouse ceremony in Beverly Hills March 15, 2016.
For more on the couple, check out their YouTube channel, Jeff & Jordan TV, which has new episodes every Wednesday.