Saturday, December 27, 2008

What's in a name


2 weeks old, originally uploaded by mricon.

Mr. Mitten here again.

We're still getting settled in after coming back from the hospital, which is why the updates are scarce. :) It's rather overwhelming to suddenly find yourself with a tiny tot, especially when you weren't expecting him to show up until some time in mid-January.

However, things are getting on just "swimmingly" and baby Lev is now steadily putting on weight. Being a preemie, he's a bit more quiet and docile than most babies are around his age -- I'm sure that stage won't last too long. Another couple of weeks and he'll discover just how many decibels his little lungs can squeeze out (naturally, just when mommy and daddy are finally able to fall asleep.)

His name is "Lev," which is the Russian version of "Leo" (Tolstoy's name is Lev, though in the West he's known as Leo Tolstoy). The common Russian diminutive of "Lev" is "Lёva" (pronounced "Lyova"). His middle name is "Konstantin" as a nod to the Russian tradition of patronymics.

Okay, time for some of those z's.

Cheers,
Konstantin

16 comments:

Lucy said...

h how beautiful he is!! What a noble name you have given him - hugs to baby Lev !!

Mare said...

He is so beautiful! So serious! But being born is serious work i believe. Happy New Year to you all!

feygele said...

He's looking at you, thinking "who are these people? What do they expect of me?" He's adorable.

Barbara said...

Your sweetest project to date!

Alisha said...

So this might sound slightly dumb.... but how to we pronounce his name? Is it phonetic for us?

kelly-ann said...

That is plain adorable! Thanks for sharing :)

Mr. Icon said...

@Alisha:

Lev is just like "Leff" except with a "v". "Lyova" is like "[le]arn" and "no[va]".

-K

gingerspice said...

wow
What a beautifull baby -can i have a hug !!
Take care

Anonymous said...

So very Beautiful and so very handsome all at once!!!! Glad to hear everyone is doing well! Don't rush on our account, we will wait as long as it takes :)

igel said...

Thank you for taking the time to post the video--so adorable! Take all the time in the world before the next post--we'll just keep re-watching cute Lev on video!

Hugs to Baby Mitten!

jeloca said...

He is adorable, Mr. Baby Mitten in his baby mittens. You both should feel very proud. Here's to hoping you get some sleep in the new year!

Rosie said...

What an absolute sweetie! Love the expressions, and his name is fabulous. Being a mother of 4 boys, I know you are going to have soooooo much fun with him.
Rosie x

julie said...

gorgeous boy! well done you two! All the best to you all for a very happy new year x

Leslie said...

What a beautiful boy! Congratulations.

Anonymous said...

He is a beauty.He has a very wise look about him. Oh you are so lucky. Enjoy every minute of it because it goes by so fast.DON'T BLINK.......

MoDLin said...

Congrats on being a new parent - your son is beauatiful! It's just wonderful that he has no serious issues related to his being born premature.

If you'd ever like to touch base with other parents of preemies, visit with them at Share Your Story: http://www.shareyourstory.org/webx/Share%20Home/.