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Dear Leo, 2-months old

Dear Leo,

You are 2 months old. We had your well-child check-up was this morning. It went well (despite the dreaded immunizations) and I am happy to say that you are as fine and healthy as any two month old could be.

A few things about you right now:

  • You smile! (this one is my favorite)
  • You most often sleep in two hour stretches at night, wake up to nurse, then fall back asleep (much better than when you’d want to stay up and play!)
  • You favor your left side. You prefer to keep your head in that direction and seem to kick that leg more.
  • You do not like a wet diaper.
  • You weigh more at your 2mo check-up than your sister did at her 3mo check-up.
  • You’re losing your precious newborn hair. I like to say I’m going to have a little Danny Devito on my hands. 🙂

Lastly, here are some photos of you taken during the past two months, hanging out with people who love you:

Mama coming in for a kiss
Lounging with Daddy
Playing with Big Sister
Sleeping with Grandma Sandy
After bath with Grandma Mai

I love you so much sweetheart. Keep growing, learning, and being healthy. And try to get a little more sleep at night. 🙂

Love, Mama

Leo stats as of August 8, 2011:   Height 1′ 10.5″ (34.09%)   Weight 12lbs 4oz (64.20%)   HC 15.24″ (21.58%)
Note: The scale actually read 12lb .04 oz (not 4oz), but I didn’t dispute what the nurse had written down.


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The neglected toddler

These photos were taken at Rainbow Trout Farm a few weeks ago where Chloe got her first “real” fishing experience. David insists that Chloe will be a champion fly-fisher one day, so he is starting her down the path to success. Leo was only 2 weeks old then. He mostly slept through the whole experience.

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In the case of a toddler versus newborn scenario, it is almost certain to be the toddler who gets shafted. I feel like I’m always asking Chloe to “hold on” while I see to Leo’s needs first (feeding, diaper changing, whatever) before I can get Chloe what she wants (anything from setting her up with a project, getting her a snack or putting on a video). Very rarely do I let Leo really cry while I see to Chloe’s needs, although sometimes there has been no choice in the matter.

One of the reasons I am grateful for David’s paternity leave is the time he’s been able to devote to Chloe. Yes, I’ve needed a little help with the newborn, but at this point I have the skills to take care of him on my own. Knowing Chloe is getting attention from Daddy (and grandma while she was here) really helps assuage the guilt I feel for not spending more quality time with her. It also leaves me more free time to focus on Leo. This newborn period flies by, and I am trying to savor it the best I can, knowing it will be gone all too soon.


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One month down

Leo turned one month old this week. Several times I sat down to try and write about what life has been like this past month, but I can’t seem to find the right words.

Basically, it’s complicated.

One thing for sure – being a mother of a newborn and a toddler is HARD. Existing on such minimal sleep is the worst part – like living life through a fog. Simple tasks can seem monumental. And I feel like I should be happier – like when my mom was here, I felt like I should have been so happy, but I wasn’t quite as happy as I thought I should be. Does that make sense?

Anyway, in a nutshell, this past month has been stressful, but things are getting better. I am feeling better, both mentally and physically. Best of all, we are slowly starting to adjust to our new shape as a family.

As for Leo, he is definitely growing. Seriously. It was like I woke up one morning and my tiny newborn was replaced by a hefty baby boy (which makes sense when I think about it, since all he wants to do is nurse). Nights are getting somewhat easier, and what seemed to be his constant fussing and crying is giving way to a few more periods of “quiet alertness.” Thank goodness.

The thing I miss most is the little time I had for myself, and going out with the “ease” of having just one child. Now there are two little individuals with vastly different needs. There are moments I feel trapped and frustrated in my own house, and other times when I don’t want to leave again, ever. Plus, I miss my husband. He’s here, too, doing his part, but our whole lives are revolving around the kids right now, with no time for us. It will be good when Grandma Sandy (my mother-in-law) comes next week. Hopefully that might give us time to reconnect. So, again, it’s hard. But we’re dealing. And learning. And living.

One day at a time.

(Btw – that photo was taken by David a week or so ago, so Leo is not a one-month old in that photo. Note to self: take more photos!)


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Baby Leo has arrived!

Meet our baby boy! Baby Leo was born at 1:44am on Tuesday, June 7th. He weighed 7lbs 6oz, measured 20 inches long, and had a head circumference of 13.25 inches. We are so in love.


Big sister Chloe holding her little baby brother


Born with lots of hair like his mama (unlike his sister)


Opening his eyes for the camera


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Baby Boy Quilt

Check out baby boy’s beautiful new quilt, handmade by my mother-in-law. She took Chloe and I to the fabric store the last time we were in Colorado and helped me choose complementary patterns in the colors I liked. They are all Robert Kaufmann fabrics except for the floral. I love how it turned out, and can’t wait to see our baby boy snuggled up in it. Alternate photos here and here.

The cradle is one I found for a steal on craigslist several months ago. It is basically a DaVinci Futura Cradle, although mine says Million Dollar Baby. I had  a craigslist-purchased co-sleeper with Chloe, but it never fit next to our bed properly because the side of our bed frame left a gap. I ended up selling it back the same way I bought it. I know the cradle won’t last as long, but it’s narrower profile is easy to move from room to room, and it rocks. The only problem was fitted sheets for the cradle pad were hard to find. I did spot these Jill Mcdonald swaddling blankets the last time I went out looking. I know. Swaddling blankets are also short lived, but I love the modern simplicity of these and hope they’ll make for cute newborn photos.

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