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Levi Gabriel Logsdon: the meaning behind the name

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Oh, man, I definitely feel for all the second children (and third, fourth, fifth, etc…) out there.  With all the blogging I did when I was pregnant with Jedidiah, this poor baby hasn’t had a shred of blog-time.  Going from one to two has kept me extremely busy!

So, our second baby… I was sure it was a girl.  Of course, then our gender reveal showed that we were indeed having another boy and I was stumped!  It had been so easy to pick out Jedidiah’s name… in fact, I think we had his name picked out long before babies were ever even in the works.  But this time around… I’m not sure if it was because of the exhaustion or because of how busy Jedidiah kept us… but it was just harder.  It wasn’t even that there were names that we didn’t like.  There were lots of names that we liked, but we just couldn’t find the name that was the one.

I think we finally named Levi at 36 weeks, deciding on Levi Gabriel just a day or two before our two surprise baby showers (that just so happened to be on the same day).  So here’s the significance behind his name…

Levi is a Biblical name.  Levi was one of the 12 sons of Jacob (who God later renamed Israel) and the descendents of Levi, the Levites, were the tribe of Israel that served as priests.  It was this tribe that was set apart for holy service to the Lord.

I too, want my son to be set apart for service to the Lord and I pray that he would never forget his true identity in Christ:

“For you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness and into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9

The Levites took care of the temple, performed offerings and served zealously in the Lord’s house.  Although we are no longer required to offer animal sacrifices to atone for our sins, our lives have now become our sacrifice to our God.  I pray that my son would not be conformed to the ways of this world, but that he would continue to be set apart and molded and guided by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God at work in his life.

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God- this is your spiritual act of worship.  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:1-2

Lastly, the Levites did not have any inheritance other than what was provided by the tithes brought in by the other 11 tribes of Israel.  God was their provider and he was their inheritance; He was their portion and their strength.  I pray that my son would not rely on anyone or anything other than his creator to fulfill, sustain and provide for him in his life.

“The Lord said to Aaron, “You will have no inheritance in their land, nor will you have any share among them; I am your share and your inheritance among the Israelites” Numbers 18:20

Gabriel, his middle name, is also Biblical.  Gabriel was a prominent messenger in the Bible and has been considered one of the seven archangels based on extrabiblical texts.  The name Gabriel means “man of God,” and as an angel he was a “messenger of God.”  He was the one who bore the good news to Mary about the coming of Jesus and to Zacharias about who John the Baptist would be.  He was a bearer of good news!

So Levi Gabrielone who is set apart as a man/messenger of God. May he always and unashamedly declare the good news of God’s grace, love and mercy!

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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The Jedidiah-ries (diaries)- month 2

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Well, I can hardly believe that my baby boy is already 2 months old! He’s changed so much already since he was born and he amazes me and delights me every day with the new things he’s learning and doing! Here’s how he’s doing.

Weight: 12 lbs. 3 oz. (50th percentile)
Height: 24 inches (85th percentile)
Head circumference: 39 cm. (50th percentile)

General observations: This month Jedi has been smiling so much more!  My heart skips a beat and my world stops every time he flashes his little toothless grin at his momma (or daddy).  Jedidiah started making lots more sounds! He is trying to communicate with us and I love hearing all his different coos- he has become much more vocal. In addition to being more vocal, he has learned the art of bubble making… and drooling. He is our little bubble man and drool monkey! We’re going to have to start putting bibs on him just to save his cute little outfits! He has developed a fascination with lights and fans, he loves to look at them.  🙂  Jedi’s eyes seem to be lightening up a little more, but I still can’t quite tell what color they will be.  For now, they look like they mjght be light like daddy’s!  Jedidiah loves to move, which makes it a bit difficult to get good photos of him.  He is constantly flailing his little arms and legs, and sometimes looks like he’s ready to fight.  One thing that Trent and I find hilarious is that, when he gets tired, he flails with his hands all balled up in fists, and he sometimes punches himself in the face.  He gets this surprised look and then he does it again.  It is so funny to watch!

So many smiles!!!

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Mr. Bubbles!

Health: We just had our two month check-up and Jedidiah is doing great! He is growing appropriately and meets all of his developmental milestones. He even had smiles for our doc. He still holds his head up so well and when our pediatrician lifted him up, he held his head upright, which usually doesn’t happen until about 4 months, he said. I’m so thankful that he is healthy!  He did get some baby acne on his cheeks, unfortunately right before we went to Minnesota to show him off.

Eating: Wow, this boy loves to eat. Thankfully, feedings have slowed down some and we are getting more and more time between feedings- now he’s eating every 2-2 1/2 hours (longer than that at night). This allows me a little more time to get other things done. We are still breastfeeding and pumping a little bit. It has gotten much easier (not easy) and much more enjoyable. Now I treasure the time Jedidiah and I get to spend together breastfeeding. Daddy got to feed Jedi his first bottle early this month, right before we headed to Minnesota to visit my family for Christmas. We wanted to make sure that he would take a bottle when my sister and her boyfriend babysat! He took it like a champ, and daddy really enjoyed feeding him!

He has started spitting up now (he only spit up once during his first month), so we always have to be prepared with a burp cloth.

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Sleeping: His sleep patterns haven’t so much changed. He still sleeps pretty well at night and likes to sleep in in the mornings. Sometimes we get to lay there together until 10:30 or 11:00… it’s amazing! So even when he doesn’t nap during the day, at least I feel rested! He has been taking more naps lately, probably because he had a bit of a growth spurt, but I still don’t think he gets the 16 hours a day he’s supposed to. I still don’t feel like I get much done during the day, but I can tell that he’s happier when he’s well-rested.

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Napping with mommy after a jog outside.

Diapers: This month we started using cloth diapers. We aren’t using them all the time, but we are trying to use them when we’re home at least. I find that I’m not quite proficient enough to use them when we’re out and about, but I’m sure I’ll get better at it. So far I like using them. There is an obvious learning curve, and they can be a bit of work (laundering, drying, and re-stuffing them), but they are so much better for the environment and we save lots of $$$$$. Little Jedidiah’s body is still pretty small, so when he’s in cloth diapers, he looks like he’s got a bubble butt… sing it with me now, “Baby’s got back!”

Clothes: He is just barely squeezing into some of his newborn clothes. He is too long for his sleepers, but some of the other onesies still fit him. On to 3 month clothes! Crazy how fast he is growing!

Social: We got out more this month, as we’ve gotten more and more comfortable with getting everything prepared and getting out the door.

  • We went to several holiday parties- one at DeVoir Fitness, where I do zumba, another with my Bible study gals at our annual white elephant gift exchange.

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My Bible Study gals

  • We visited Trent at school and went to Hope’s wedding shower.
  • We went to Minnesota for Christmas and met lots of family, friends, and church folk!  (a separate blog post shall follow about this trip)
  • We spent New Years Eve (and several other evenings) with Trent’s best friend Casey and his wife Shala
  • We have been active at church as greeters (yes, even Jedi) and have had a lot of fun with this current Star Wars themed sermon series.
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#revyourlife “Forces that Form your Future”

  • I spent a day at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens with my friend Abby and the 6 kids under 6 that she watches (3 are her own).

Likes:  Being outside and going for walks, looking at lights and fans

Memorable moments and firsts:

  • He had his first bottle! Daddy finally got to feed him.
  • This month was the first time mommy and daddy got out and left him with “babysitters” (my sis and her boyfriend). We went and saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • He saw and got to play in snow for the first time!
  • He had his first Christmas(es) with both sides of our family.
  • He had his first plane ride (you can read about that in my January post Bubba’s first plane ride)
  • He met his Minnesota family (my side): his grandparents, aunts, uncles, soon-to-be-cousin and great-grandparents.
  • Pictures with Santa- we had our photo taken at Revolution church with Santa, and then both Trent’s dad and my dad dressed up as Santa for some photos with our little guy too. (Trent was also Santa last month for our initial “Christmas” photo shoot)
  • He had his first blowout diaper. It was the first day I tried using cloth diapers, but I didn’t realize that they needed to be much tighter around his legs than they were. We had a leak after that, and then I found the right settings on the elastic and we haven’t had any issues since.
  • He got to meet his cousin, Evelyn Joy, born 1 day before he turned 2 months old (via Skype).

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What about mom?  I am doing good.  I had lost most of the baby weight but then came the holidays… I’m a sucker for Christmas cookies!  Anyways, I think I’ve just about recovered from that, but I’m still not where I’d like to be yet.  I have started running again and I’m up to comfortably running a mile.  I’ve really missed running!  Other than that, I feel good!  I’m loving my new job as a mommy!

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Baby “Trangie” is a…

The time finally came for us to go back to the doctor… our last doctor’s appointment in China before heading back to the States. We went Saturday to have our last ultrasound, possibly find out the gender of our baby, get travel clearance from the hospital (This is required to leave China) and have some blood work done.

We went right away in the morning, not so much because we were excited, but because I couldn’t eat or drink anything until my blood work was done. Since I’ve been waking up so early in the mornings, I was already starving and SUPER thirsty when we walked in the hospital doors at 8am (since I’d already been up for hours). Even though we arrived only a few minutes after 8, it was already pretty busy. Thankfully I only had to wait a short while before my nurse helped me to the counter where you give blood- we took care of that and finally I could take a long swig out of the water bottle that had been taunting me since we left the house.

Then came the exciting part… the ultrasound. This was our chance to find out if baby “Trangie” would be a boy or a girl! Thankfully at this hospital Trent is allowed to be in the room with me and he and I both watched the scan on a flat screen TV in front of us. It was so amazing to watch our baby moving all around, since I can’t really feel the movements yet. It’s crazy to see what is happening inside me!  We watched intently, perhaps nervously, as the doctor performed the scan. The nurse came with me (since she speaks English) and sat beside me as we watched. The scan moved to show baby’s heart and I remarked about it just as the nurse said, “It’s so obvious.” I wasn’t sure if she was talking about the heart or the sex of the baby, due to the timing of what she said. So Trent and I continued to watch as the doctor made all sorts of measurements, and then came the big announcement… “It’s a BOY!!!”

I think I was in shock as she said it, Trent too. Soon after she told us, she switched to the 3-D ultrasound where we got to see baby’s face and his little arms moving around and his little mouth opening and closing. It was so cool, I think we were both still taking it all in! Finally, the doctor wrapped up and Trent and I got to celebrate the news… a boy! Trent’s going to have a little “Mini-Me” running around in a few more months and I couldn’t be more excited about it.

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3-D ultrasound

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Trent was pretty emotional- I think the reality of it hit him before it had sunk in for me. We hugged for a while and he cried. Then we headed to get breakfast and Trent let me watch the video he had taken of the ultrasound… THEN it hit me and I was in tears too. We’re going to have a baby boy! I think we were on cloud nine for the rest of the day.

 

Boy announcement

 

As we were finishing up eating, I realized that in all the excitement, we had forgotten to get our “clearance to fly” from the hospital. Thankfully we were still very close and so we headed back.

As we walked in the doors, we were surprised to see some friends sitting there. In my “preggo brain” thoughts, I was thinking, “Do they already know that we’re having a boy? Are they here to celebrate with us?” Perhaps not the most logical train of thought, but “preggo brain” is a REAL thing, people! Anyways, it turns out that our friends had just found out that they were pregnant too, so not only did we get to share our good news, but we got to rejoice with them in their news! All in all, it was a very blessed day!

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T and A looking down

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Trent with the bow

 

What did we think?

Angie- I thought it was a boy, but wasn’t really sure. I had one dream where it was a boy and it seemed very real and vivid (unlike some of the other crazy baby dreams I’ve had in the past where the baby doesn’t have a name, or we forgot to tell our families, or I hadn’t fed the baby in days…).

Trent- He thought it was a boy too… just a hunch. Thankfully we weren’t basing our guesses only on dreams… if we were, I might be having a bunny, not a baby! (Yes, he really dreamed that)

Our Pre-K/Kindergarten class- The kids voted 10-3 that baby “Trangie” would be a girl. The majority of them also said that we should name said girl “Angie.” Four year old Carson asked me, “Do you know why I think you’re having a girl?” I asked, “Why?” He said with such certainty, “Well you’re a girl, so you should have a girl.” Silly kids.

We had some older students who had a bet going for whether baby “Trangie” was a boy or a girl, so I’m sure Julia will be happy to read that she was the winner… sorry, Michael! 😉

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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