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Monday, July 26, 2010

home 4 weeks

Today marks a month home from Novgorod/Boruvichi. I can't believe we have been home for a month already. The weeks have just flown. For the most part all is going very well. We have seen so many changes already. 99% good changes. The neatest thing to watch is the development of a child into a little boy. A child who we would not allow to walk on the driveway because his balance was not great. We were so afraid he would bounce his head off the asphalt. Now just one month later he has started to run. His blanace has improved. He can now walk on the driveway, run on the grass, climb up on the chairs, the bed, and just about anything else that is suitable for a little boy to climb on. In Russia we had a hard time the first few days getting Kolya into the pool. Now we can't get him away from water. Of any kind! Tonight he ventured out to the middle of the baby pool all by himself. He went to explore the fountain in the middle.
But alas with all the good comes the bad... I am not sure what sparked a sudden change in bedtime scene. But I know that since we are back from our trip to duPont Kolya is having a horrible time falling asleep. Once he is asleep he is great, and will sleep for 8-10 hours. But the last few nights getting to sleep has started with a round of SCREAMING. I think he has realized that he has no other way to keep himself from falling asleep then screaming. I have ignored all his attempts to stay awake. But its hard to ignore downright screaming to the point that he is hot and sweaty. Tonight we took a car ride. A 30 minute trip in the car and off to dreamland he went. I am so open to suggestions! We think he may now be remembering night times in the orphanage.? not sure.. But I feel so bad for him. For now I myslef am off to dreamland.. Tomorrow I will post new photos!

Friday, July 23, 2010

2-3 weeks photos!!!
















2 and 3 weeks home (text only LOL)

Two weeks have passed since I have posted. WOW!! And I am still not updated on our whole Russian experience. I understand now how my friends who I follow diligently along their adoption path trickle off their posts once they return home. Seriously it really isn't lack of time. I have planety of time. Well now I do anyway. The first week home I really could not find free time away from our little cutie. He did not allow me out of his sight. Over the last two weeks I have been able to do house work while Kolya entertains himself in his wonderful play yard. I just wonder how long that will last until he figures out he can climb the walls. Do they make extra tall play yards to contain the children in safety? For now I enjoy watching him play safely with interactive learning toys. But I digress. Time... I do have plenty of time at night that I could post. But once Kolya is in bed I have found myself just vegging in front of the TV or talking with friends about our day. We have had tons and tons and tons of great learning and exploration as a family of three.. Well if you count the four legged familiy members we are now a family of 9. The four legged furr family members are doing great with our new "man cub" I could not have asked for a better adjustment period. So what have we done since 4th of July???

Kutztown Folk festival- our first outing as a family of three- we unfortunately had to leave the other seven members at home in the air conditioning. Although it was hot enough I think they got the better end of the deal.
Back in Moscow, when we were in Gorky Park, there were people giving not pony rides but REINDEER rides. Kolya wouldn't even touch the reindeer let alone ride it. Now just two weeks later he has GOATS eating out of his hand and off the tray of his stroller. He even tried some of the goat food himself. YUK!!
Knoebels Amusement Park- His first solo ride? a fire truck. Second ride at Knoebels? An EMS helicopter. We are conditioning him for a life in the health care field?? Although several people have guessed engineer in training. But thats another story. Kolya loved his trip to Knoebels with his cousins and his grandparents and especially his Uncle Eric. Boy do those two love each other already. They just took to each other right away. An instant love just like the rest of us. He has the ability to capture everyone at first glance with his contagious laugh and smile. (can you tell I really like this little guy? We spent the first hour playing on new rides, then Brian and I switched kiddos and we took my niece and nephew to the BIG KID rides. Unfortunately we then got thunderstorms so our day ended pretty early. We did squeak in a train ride before we left. And of course tons of photos!!!
Early Intervention assessment- EI was here July 15 to evaluate Kolya on his age of development. Not really any big surprises. He tested slightly behind in fine and gross motor skills, like balance, walking, that kind of stuff. He tested at the level of a 12 month old for speech so we are able to get a speech therapist to work with him once a week. The speech therapist started July 20th. She was great. She not only helps with speech but also works on fine motor skills and language development. She also said that due to his situation and need for English we are going to apply to get an educational instructor to come in once a week as well. We are going to strive to get every single service and help we can so our little guy has as much opportunity as possible to catch up and reach max potential. On the cognitive level EI evaluated him on the level of a 23 month old!!! We sort of knew he was processing how things work! He is a smart little cookie.
Post adoption physicals- A.I.duPont and his family physician all agree he is attaching well, adjusting well, and is for the most part a pretty healthy little guy. Dr. Renwick and Dr. Harbonic are very very concerned that Kolya is off the charts small for his age. Dr. Renwick has placed Failure to thrive in his charts as a diagnosis. Hopefully we can remove failure to thrive sooner then later. We have been given permission to feed him all the fatty foods we can muster in to him.
As of July 21 Kolya is 29inches tall and 7.6kg which is still only 17 pounds. On July 22 we had our opthamolgy appointment with Dr.Lehman. She is pretty happy with Kolya at this point. Yes he has a Ptosis of both eyes. The left more so then the right. But for now we are going to watch it. We do need to return in 4 months. She is concerned that as his head and face grow his ptosis can hinder his eye growth. If one eye were to grow and develop at a different rate it would cause vision problems. So we need to be very diligent in watching this area. She does think there may be a mild Blepharophimosis, however BPES is a very broad spectrum. And she says his is very mild form. Needless to say we will be very friendly with our eye doctor over the next few years.
I think that brings us up to date on activities.......
What has Kolya learned?
To play alone at times.
To be "nice" to the dogs rather then pet by hitting on the top of the head. (except poor Tressa)
To CLIMB.. he can now climb up on the chairs and the bed. He also knows to turn around and come down backwards. Sometimes this game goes on for a long time. UP DOWN, UP DOWN...
Words- UP, DOWN, HIYA (sometimes) Koshka (cat) Daw (Dog), Da da, Mommmm, Good Job, Peek a Boo, Ball.

What does Kolya like? The dogs, Swimming, water, his drumsticks, noisy toys, his family and friends, rides, and climbing. Chicken Nuggets, French Fries, Pediasure, ice cream

What does Kolya not like? car seats, bed time, diaper changes, getting out of the water, getting off rides, Cold drinks, and did I mention bedtime???

Hopefully it will not be another two weeks before our next post!!!

Monroe

I am reposting this from several of my friends' blog sites. What gorgeous and cute little guy this is. If I were in a bit different of a time in my life I would bring this sweet guy home to get all the help he needs. Perhaps we can find a family together for Monroe? Please spread his story to the adoption community! One day perhaps in Monroe's name Brian and I will be ready to parent a child with the more extreme needs that Monroe has. But I have seen the places that children like Monroe end up! And it is not pretty. It is a fate worse then dying.

http://www.nogreaterjoymom.com/2010/07/im-pleading.html

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Home One Week






We are home for 1 week today. What a whirlwind week it has been! I am hapy to say we have a routine down that seems to work!! The first day was rough for both of us we were both disombabulated. It has been pretty easy for me to adjust to time zone changes on my own. But adjusting with a toddler who also needed to time warp was a little bit more difficult. Day one we slept very little and by 5 pm we were both exhausted. Bedtime came early. I thought we'd lay down for a nap. No dice... that nap lasted 12 hours for both of us. Day two we woke up at 6am, nap at 10:30 and then bed by 9pm. Finally day three we slept until the late hour of 7. Now I think we have it down that bed is between 8:30 and 9:30 and Little Man sleeps until 7 or 8 am.


So after a week I can make some lists!
What does Nikolas like?
Water... he loves loves loves the water. He spent almost all day the 4th of July in my cousin's pool. The day before he spent an hour in his other cousin's pool. And every day we spend time in the bath tub!!! Yeah for liking water.
Dogs...I can't say that he loves the dogs yet. But I am at least relieved that he has taken to the dogs and the dogs to him so well. Day one was rough. he was fine as long as the dogs were about 2 feet from him. Now he feeds them Cheerios every morning for breakfast. Plays fetch with Sabyr, follows Tressa around for a random bonk on the head, and is guarded by Kasey, Ryott, and Hannah. The dogs are so gentle with him. This morning he had the puppy by the ear and puppy just looked at both of us as if to say "can you please remove this?" Sierra sleeps right outside his bedroom door at night time. And all the dogs greet him in the morning when he wakes up.
Cookies-well what kid does not love cookies! So far he is just getting the biter toddler cookies. But I am sure no cookie is a bad cookie
Peek-a-boo
Being tickled
What does Nikolas NOT like?
diaper changes, bedtime, cold milk, cold juice, cheerios (thus they are for the dog every morning), and so far he is not interested in watching TV.
Nikolas Firsts this week.
First amusement ride- flinstones train at Community Days with cousin Zoey


First English words- Momma, Dadda, Up, Down, Ball, Daw (translate to dog).
First sweets- a cupcake given to him by Aunt Pam- he liked it but it sure did not do well in his
poor digestive system.
First Bath- screamed for 30 seconds, but then was all smiles and giggles.
First 4th of July picnic with family!!!
And so many more that I can't even begin to write.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

HOME!!!

Home at last. Yesterday was day one at home. A day full of discovery and more miraculous understanding that this is just the right little boy for our family. Less then 12 hours after his homecoming he was playing frisbee with Sabyr!! I knew Sabyr would be his favorite. Sabyr just loves loves loves to play catch. And Kolya loves loves loves to throw! Very quickly Little man decided he really likes Daddy too. And Dad loves to tickle and play with Little Man. We were going to go visit Brian's parents last night but instead Kolya and I fell asleep. We fell asleep at 5pm. For what I thought was a late afternoon nap. Neither of us woke up untl 5am!! 12 hours! Good bye to jet lag hopefully! I am still not caught up with pictures. I promise to get more Russia pictures and homecoming photos here soon. This morning we deiscovered the power of children's television which has allowed me to at least start oranizing phots and write this post!!