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Do you see any resemblance?

May 1, 2012 11:37 am
Posted by: heather

Some people think they look alike, others think they are totally different. Clearly the hair (or lack there of on Jace) is a striking difference but how about their other features? Do you think Jace and Trevor look like brothers?

Trevor’s 2 Month Appointment

11:21 am
Posted by: heather

Yesterday was Trevor’s two month doctor’s appointment. Otherwise knows as the first one with all the shots! Our pediatrician warned me we would likely have either a very fussy child or a very sleepy child after the shots. Based on Jace’s reaction, I bet on the fussy cranky option. I have never been so happy to lose a bet. Trevor just slept all afternoon, waking only to eat!

The stats: Height 24 1/2″ (92%) and Weight 13lb 4oz (80%).  For comparison’s sake, Jace was 25 1/2″ and 14lb 2oz so Trevor is a little smaller than his brother, despite being slightly larger at birth. Developmentally, Trevor is smiling, saying “agoo” and tracking his fishy rattle as I move it around from side to side and up and down. He isn’t quite ready to hold onto anything yet but he has great neck strength despite hating tummy time. Generally a healthy kid who is continually learning and growing. The only issue we are battle with is sleep. We have finally figured out how to get him to sleep for a nap (he was just passing out for 1/2 hour here and there, not getting any good long sleep periods during the day). Turns out you have to rock in the glider chair with the ocean white noise blasting full volume. He will then pass out and can be relocated to the swing where he will remain for 2 hours, happily in dream land. Alternatively, I can put him in the Moby wrap and he will fall asleep on my chest and actually let me get things done. However, night time is still a battle. He is a very gassy child and refuses to sleep flat on his back as he seems very uncomfortable. He likes to sleep on his side, in our arms. Comfy for him but not so restful for us, although we have gotten better at sleeping that way. We are trying to get him into the bassinet but it is a struggle. Last night I got him to sleep on his side there for 2 1/2 hrs but then he was too fussy to go back to sleep there. I am also experimenting with eliminating all dairy from my diet to see if that helps. It has been a week so far (they say it takes a good 2 weeks to get all the dairy out of your system) and the only effect I have noticed so far is a cranky mom since I crave cheese! We will see if it helps Trevor or not.

Nicknames

April 25, 2012 3:46 pm
Posted by: heather

Neither of our boys’ given names lend themselves to be shorted. It just worked out that way, probably because Leibman is long and usually mispronounced, we picked simple first names. However, as a kid, it bothered me that I never had a nickname while everyone else did. I think I see nicknames as love names, given to us by the people who care about us.

As most of you know, Jace’s nickname since around birth was “piglet”. Boy did that kid like to eat, and in fact, still does. Plus I am a Winnie the Pooh fan and piglet was always one of my favorite characters. I still call him that on occasion and he responds to it without question.  As such, it only seemed fitting that Trevor also get a nickname. While he does enjoy eating, there is something Trevor loves even more than that. He loves to be held, loves to snuggle. Hense the name “snugglebug” or for ease, just plain old “bug”.

Best of Intentions

April 19, 2012 11:12 am
Posted by: heather

We all have the best of intentions. One of mine was to use my maternity leave to update this blog but it has been 7 weeks since Trevor was born and 9 weeks since I left work and still nary a post. But that it about to change.  I really want this blog to be a memory of the travels of childhood for our kids so I will be doing some updating of both photos and backposting blogs. Since many of you read of some of our adventures through facebook, bear with us with the duplicate postings. I am going to try (again) to get this blog to automatically post to facebook but we will see if that is successful. Scroll backwards to see a few new posts and try subscribing to our RSS feed.

Thanks for reading (if you still do)

Heather

Do it on your own

April 10, 2012 3:52 pm
Posted by: Steve Leibman

Yesterday, pulling Jace in the trailer bike, I yell out, “I need help getting up the hill! It’s super steep. Pedal, pedal, pedal, we’re not going to make it!”
I look back.
He’s just sitting there with his feet resting on the pedals, legs motionless.
And he says calmly, “Daddy. I think it’s time you learned how to do it on your own.”d

Wacky Thursday

March 1, 2012 8:57 am
Posted by: Steve Leibman

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, Jace’s class is having a week with a Seussian theme. Today they will be writing their own stories in a Dr. Seuss style. Jace spent some time last night making the outline for his plot.

Inspired by “Wacky Wednesday” (written but not illustrated by Dr. Seuss), he intends to write “Wacky Thursday” which will include, in Jace’s words:

  1. A cow with two bums [of the rear-end variety, rather than the homeless].
  2. A pizza that has a tree on it.
  3. A toilet with a door handle for its flushing thing.
  4. A snake for a hose.
  5. A flower coming out of a sprinkler.
  6. A leaf for a helicopter’s propeller.
  7. Electric cord going to a house from the sun.
  8. The Cat in the Hat without his hat.

I’m  looking forward to seeing the resulting book. Maybe he’ll end up delegating to a team of illustrators.

 

 

Coming Home

February 29, 2012 12:17 pm
Posted by: heather
Coming Home

We decided bringing home a small baby was rather scary so we opted for a mini cow instead.

I wasn’t born yesterday, or was I?

February 26, 2012 5:18 pm
Posted by: Steve Leibman

The kid manages to kick off his baby-lojack hospital bracelet. I attempt to perform some sleight of hand and distract him while fixing the situation. He just looks at me with a raised eyebrow as if to say, “come on man, I wasn’t born yesterday.” He is so wrong.

Naming the child

4:14 pm
Posted by: Steve Leibman

As with Jace, we didn’t have a name picked out prior to birth, just a list of potentials. We wanted to meet the kid before naming him.

I proposed that we sit the kid down on one side of the room, read off the list of possible names, and wait for him to run over to us when we call the name that he prefers most. There may have been a few problems with this approach. He did not give any clear indication that he was willing to play along, and I’m mildly concerned that if I try this sort of thing, he might just opt to go home with a different family. So we ended up picking his name for him. Welcome to the outside world, Trevor Alex Leibman.

 

Introducing Trevor Alex Leibman

February 25, 2012 1:24 pm
Posted by: heather
Introducing Trevor Alex Leibman

Trevor Alex Leibman
Born Saturday 2/25 at 5:24 pm
9 lbs 11 oz
22 inches long
1 very large noggin requiring surgical extraction from me as he just wasn’t gonna fit even though we tried for a long time.
Now happy and snuggly although apparently confused by the hiccups.

According to Steve, he came out as a calm, but mildly confused-looking boy, wondering what all the lights and fuss were about. Only cried when the nurses insisted on it, then went back to curious inspection of his surroundings.

(C) Steve and Heather Leibman, 2007.