At two weeks
It is hard to believe that just a little over two weeks ago we were meeting Mr. Levi for the first time. He has been such a sweet little boy. Nearly perfect. At least we think so. Someone told me that God knew just what we could handle right now. I think that is so true. The past two weeks have been emotional as we experience new things with Levi and yet grieve for Cora in a whole new way. Levi is a blessing no matter what kind of baby he is, but it has been an extra blessing for him to be so good!
At two weeks
Levi is weighing in at
8 lbs 13 oz
and he is
21 inches tall.
Joel and I took Levi to his two week appointment on Friday. I was a total wreck the day before. I think I cried about anything and everything that day. I wasn’t sure what was triggering all those tears (besides the obvious), but I am pretty sure it was just the anticipation of going back to the pediatrician’s office for the first time. We hadn’t been there since the day we found out Cora might have cancer and were sent straight to the hospital–almost one year ago. When we checked Levi in for the appointment it was so weird. They asked who the appointment was for and I had to catch myself from saying Cora instead of Levi. I had been there so many times with Cora last year. As we waited in the waiting room I just cried. So many memories were rushing back. I was a little worried that I wouldn’t be able to compose myself when they called us back, but somehow I did. Our pediatrician is wonderful–he is the same one we had with Cora. He was so excited to see us again and meet Levi. I felt such a peace when we were sitting there talking to him. Levi had a great appointment. Everything looked good and we are so thankful. I don’t know if I will ever take one of these “good” doctor appointments for granted again!
Oh, and here is proof that Levi does cry. Really. Not very often though. Like I said, he is a really good baby.
We ended our week with a visit from my dear friend Laura. She lives in Colorado and we have been best friends since 5th grade. We have been through a lot together!
We had the whole weekend to catch up and hold little Levi. Laura is a photographer and taught me some new tricks on my camera. She took the first two pictures of Levi. We also got to spend some time with Julie and meet sweet Calla. Thanks for coming Laura! It was so good to see you.
We brought Levi home last Monday and it has been freezing cold here in Kansas ever since.
We have spent most of our time at home so far, trying to keep warm–holding Levi as much as we can and trying to soak up every minute.
Levi has been such a good baby. We are spoiled. He has been doing lots of sleeping and eating. He is even sleeping pretty good at night. I am still trying to get used to changing a little boy’s diaper–so different from girls. I have ended up in the middle of a few big messes!
My mom stayed with us the first few nights to help with Levi. It was so nice to get a little extra sleep. Thanks mom! As you can see little Levi has worn us all out!
On Friday morning we woke up to a freezing house. Our heater wouldn’t turn back on. We stayed in bed most of the morning and tried to stay warm while Joel got someone to come out and look at it. Thankfully it was fixable, but we decided to venture out into the cold and get some lunch while the house warmed back up.
We took Levi to one of our favorite places for some greasy burgers and fries. Yum! It was nice to get out of the house for a little while.
Levi is sweet, sweet, sweet. While the past week has been emotional as we transition again, we are so thankful for this little man. I was hoping to get these pictures posted on Saturday (when he was actually a week old), but we have been too busy getting to know our little Levi. We are enjoying every minute with him!
We had a really hard time picking names this time. Especially boy names. We really wanted the name to be significant and have meaning. It took us a long time to decide on Levi’s name. Joel decided about a month ago, but I wasn’t sure until the day he was born (that is pretty typical of the differences in our decision making skills!) But now we love the name. It is perfect for our sweet little boy.
When we added Levi to our list of boy names we started reading about who Levi was in the Bible and the meaning of the name. Levi means “joined”. That seemed fitting as our family has felt anything but joined since Cora went to heaven. We know that even though our family does not seem complete here on earth we will one day be joined together again in heaven. We can’t wait to tell Levi all about his big sister.
“And you will know that I have sent you this admonition so that my covenant with Levi may continue,” says the Lord Almighty. “My covenant was with him, a covenant of life and peace, and I gave them to him; this called for reverence and he revered me and stood in awe of my name. True instruction was in his mouth and nothing false was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and turned many from sin.”
We are praying these verses for our Levi. That he would grow to be a man who walks in uprightness and stands in awe of our Lord’s name.
Jerald is after Joel’s dad. Joel’s dad, Jerry, is one of the kindest, God-fearing men I know. He is a hard worker, is dedicated to serving the Lord in both his occupation and his every day life, and has such a servant’s heart. Anyone who knows Joel’s dad would understand why we would also want our son to have this name. Jerald is also the name of Joel’s great, great uncle, Joel’s grandpa, and is Joel’s middle name. We had to carry it on one more generation!
And here are a few more pictures of little Levi from the hospital.
Thank you so much for all your kind comments–we were overwhelmed!
We appreciate your prayers SO much.
We told Levi that he is famous already!
More pictures to come soon.