Wednesday, December 10, 2008
- Length: 25.75 inches (80th percentile)
- Weight: 13 lbs 5.5 ounces (25th percentile)
- Head: 16.25 inches (25th percentile)
The doctor wants Leo to get a little plumper, so we've started giving him formula at every feeding in addition to nursing. She also gave us the go-ahead to feed him rice cereal with a spoon. Otherwise, everything is going very well--Leo is in good health and a happy baby. The doctor advised us that he will be drooling a lot (check!) and putting everything in his mouth (yep!), so he's right on track. :o) She was surprised to hear that Leo is already rolling over and said that he is very strong. Leo got more immunizations and was a little out of sorts for a couple of days, but seems to be getting better.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Grandpa and Grandma Napolitano sent these photos of Mike's Uncle Anthony "Junior" Napolitano. They think that Leo bears a resemblance to him, and I have to agree! These pics are Junior as a baby, at his first communion, and as a member of the NYPD, circa 1955. I think he was a handsome man and if Leo turns out looking like Junior he'll be quite a playboy!
Here's the latest in the "Leo and Leo" installments (photo at right, compared with his 8-week photo) You can see that baby Leo is now able to look straight up at the camera. He's gotten much longer (his feet go off the edge of a receiving blanket) and developing muscle and getting heftier. He was 12.8 pounds as of last week, and as Aunt Christina says, he has pecs!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I went back to work on October 7th, which has been exciting and a little bit overwhelming. Mike's at home with Leo now for the rest of his family leave and is doing a great job as "Mr. Mom". I come home at lunch time to feed Leo, so I never go more than a few hours without seeing my two favorite fellas. That makes it a lot easier to enjoy being at work.
Earlier this month, Mike's folks (Mike Sr. and Sandy) drove in from Florida to meet Leo. It was wonderful to see them and they had a good time hanging out with our little guy. They brought Leo some great clothes and blankets from his Aunt Carol and Uncle Andy and then had a ball buying some more clothes for Leo while they were here. Leo is a clothes horse, which is a good thing because he seems to be getting bigger by the day and has outgrown many of his 0-3 month clothes.
Last week, we all took a trip. Mike went to Las Vegas to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his move to San Fransisco from New York. He had a fantastic time hanging out with the three buddies (Ian, Clark, and Austin) who made the original journey as well as his other good friends from Utah, New York, and California.
Leo and I went with my Mom to Chicago to celebrate Great Grandma Gert's (GGG) 93rd birthday. Leo is named after GGG's late husband, Leo Schiavone, so it was very special to see them together. Leo also got to hang out with his cousins Kate and Rachel and his Aunt Christina, and met the rest of our Chicago gang (Uncle Dave, Aunt Marianne, and my cousins Mark, Sarah, and Paul). We had a wonderful weekend and the capper was a great birthday party for GGG. Leo traveled like a champ (although I probably would have had a nervous breakdown if Mom wasn't there to help!) and had many admirers in the airports. We are not the only ones who think he's pretty dang cute!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
What a wonderful and crazy year it has been for us--married, honeymoon, pregnant, and baby all in 365 days! But we figure we started on this journey together later in our lives, so we had to get crackin'. :o)
Mike and I took an overnight trip this weekend to celebrate. We dropped Leo off at Nona and Grandpa Rocky's house on Saturday afternoon for his first sleepover. Then we went up the Ogden Canyon to have a good dinner at the Jackson Fork Inn and then went to our hotel, the Red Moose Lodge in Eden (photo at left). The autumn leaves are at their peak right now, and the stars shine brighter away from the city lights, so the setting was just beautiful. We had a lovely time relaxing and just enjoying being together alone for the first time in a couple of months.
- Height: 24" (still in the 90th percentile)
- Weight: 11 lbs 9 oz (in the 50th percentile but still healthy)
- Head: 15.5 inches (also the 50th percentile)
Saturday, September 20, 2008
For not yet being two months old, Leo sure gets a lot of mail! :o) Thanks to Mia and Jonathan for the cuddly snow suit, to the Wogomans for the care package of clothes for Leo (and delicious lotions/soap for me!) and to Aunt Christina for the very cute sleeper and pants. Thanks also to Leo's "California Aunties" Jill and Carrie for the adorable tie-dye onesie.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Other fun stuff this week: Leo and I have started taking daily walks and/or errands to get out of the house and enjoy the very fine September weather we've been having. We went to a small neighborhood park on Friday where Leo encountered several firsts including a puppy, laying in the grass on a blanket, and staring up at a giant oak tree. These all brought smiles and lots of arm and leg waving.
Leo also received a very nice gift this week from our friends the Owens in California. They sent a very loveable first doll and the book Goodnight Gorilla, which is one of cousin Rachel's favorites. We are very happy to have our own copy for Leo to enjoy.
New photos soon!
Saturday, August 30, 2008
It looks as though we have all survived Leo's first month. :o) Although we're still figuring some things out (like how to tell the "hungry" cry from the "tired" cry), we are getting a hang of the basics. And Leo is training us well--here are some of the things we've learned.
- Leo likes: eating, bathing, staring at lights / the ceiling fan / black and white shapes, cuddles, swaddling, morning naps
- Leo dislikes: napping between the hours of 6 and 8 PM (his fussy time), "Nuk" pacifiers, aspartame (goodbye Diet Pepsi), and caffeine
Additionally, Leo skipped his 2 AM feeding twice this week. That's a good sign that he is moving toward eliminating that feeding by his second month, as the pediatrician recommends. It also makes me very happy because the difference between two or three hours' sleep and five hours of uninterrupted sleep is HUGE. I can't even imagine how luxurious sleeping through the whole night will feel!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
My sister Christina came from Arizona with her daughter, Rachel, to visit Leo last week. They came directly to our house from the airport to meet Leo. Rachel immediately and accurately identified him as a baby. :o) On Friday, Leo and I went up to Ogden to visit with Nona, Grandpa, Christina and Rachel. The highlights for Leo were napping on Grandpa's lap on the balcony and getting a bottle from Nona. Highlights for me were getting some quality Zia (aunt) time with Rachel and visiting with Chris. On Sunday, we all visited the aquarium in Salt Lake City. Rachel had a wonderful time looking at all of the fish--she loved the octopus so much she kissed the glass of his tank. Leo, characteristically, napped the entire time.
Monday, August 18, 2008
My cousin Sarah and her daughter Kate sent me this wonderful lion that belonged to our grandfather and Leo's namesake, Leo Schiavone. Grandpa kept Leo the Lion with him through his battle with cancer, it was my focus item during my labor, and it is now one of Leo's special treasures. Mom suggested that I take some pictures with Leo the Lion to mark Leo's growth. Here is the first in the series--Leo is exactly three weeks old in these photos.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
- Weight: 9.0 lbs (75th percentile)
- Length: 21.5 inches (90th percentile)
- Head: 15 inches (75th percentile)
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
We are so excited to have him home with us at last. He's generally a very mellow baby and is doing well with his feeding and sleeping (thank goodness!) so Mom and Dad are getting a little bit of rest too. He's got a touch of jaundice that we are treating but otherwise is in very good health. Pictures to come soon (technology is a bit beyond me at the moment, but I'm working on it), but right now its hard to tell who he resembles. Mike says he looks like Grandpa Rocky with the exception of his nose, which looks like Mike's.