My Anya is all kinds of awesome

Filed under: Anya,video — by Lauren on March 29th, 2011 @ 11:07 am

Anya: “Mom, are there dots and a cloud coming from my head? Because I’m thinking.”

Liam Brandeis is 2 weeks old

Filed under: baby's progress,Liam — by Lauren on March 12th, 2011 @ 10:22 pm

Liam’s first two weeks have flown by, despite the deal he and I made about him staying my little baby forever. We’ve been very busy with lots of visitors, Liam’s bris, two well checks…

Lex’s parents and both of his sisters came to stay with us and meet our new little guy. They were all here for his bris, during which he was given the Hebrew name Baruch Moshe. On the subject of names, let’s discuss:

  • Liam – Lex and i just liked this one.
  • Brandeis – We wanted a name that started with B to honor the memory of my aunt Barbara, who passed away a few years ago. We chose the name Brandeis both because that’s where we went to college (and met and fell in love, of course) and because Justice Louis Brandeis happened to be a pretty great person.
  • Baruch – Again, we were looking for something that started with a B, and it has a nice meaning: Blessed.
  • Moshe – This was to honor the memory of Lex’s paternal grandfather.

Liam had his first well check at four days old. He had almost regained his birthweight and supposedly grown to 22 inches, putting him at the 75th percentile for weight and over the 97th for height. At his second well check a week later, he had grown again to 22 1/4 inches and 9 lbs, 4 oz. He’s a big boy – not surprisingly, given his voracious appetite. At his second appointment, we asked about his pretty severe diaper rash, and we were given some samples of Triple Paste with instructions to call for a prescription cream if it didn’t clear it up in a few days (it didn’t, but the prescription is awesome).

He’s a pretty sweet, content little baby who doesn’t ask for much more than to be fed and held and to have his diaper changed as fast as humanly possible because holy moly does he hate that process. He’s sleeping like a newborn – up every few hours to eat, but that’s okay, I don’t mind. I love cuddling with him. I’m not even feeling that tired. He’s pretty gassy, and sometimes that wakes him up more than being hungry. Bicycling his legs helps a lot.

Sierra is absolutely in love with Liam. She’s constantly giving him kisses and hugs, asking to hold him, saying how cute he is and how much she loves him; it’s very sweet. Anya is surprisingly not as interested in him as I thought she would be. She loves him, but is more involved in her own stuff than doting on him. I guess 4-year-olds lead very busy lives.

I have a ton of pictures to share, but I think I’ll save that for another post.

Introducing Liam Brandeis

Filed under: delivery/labor,Liam,photos — by Lauren on March 4th, 2011 @ 9:37 pm

On Saturday, February 26th at 4:27 pm, we welcomed our son Liam Brandeis into the world. He was born at exactly 39 weeks, weighing 8 lbs, 13 oz and measuring 21 1/4 inches. The full birth story will follow soon, but for now, enjoy some pictures of Liam’s birth.  Click on the thumbnails for captions and the full picture.