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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Another Eurasianet article

Thank you Laurie.


Friday, September 24, 2010

Almost three month photos

Time Flies

I just can't keep up with posts. Such a bad blogger. I went from posting almost every day to trying to figure out why I can't get a post in every week! Not for lack of being on the computer I tell ya. I get plenty of computer time. Not for lack of things to say about Kolya or photos because we have PLENTY of those. Maybe its Blogger's cramp? Maybe its the overwhelming up and down of emotion. I can't begin to explain the happiness we have with Kolya being home in our arms. He brings such joy and love to our familiy and to our friends and to everyone who sees him. Yes folks who just see him rollin along in the stroller just stop and smile, and they don't even know his story. This little man just exudes happiness and positive energy. Last week we went to the Oley Fair. Now I know I am biased and I am a proud mom. But, I could not help but notice the people who would look his way and just smile at him for nothing more then him being.. Just being! There were tons of children in strollers the place was packed. And I tried to be aware of these same reactions others were having to other children. And it just weasn't there.
Along with the happy is the overwhelming sense of hopelessness about our Kyrgyzstan daughter. We will receive a report from Ambassador Jacob's trip on Monday Sept 27th. From all we hear the trip and negotiations went well. But still no timeline in effect. We hear YES we will reunite the 64 kids (yes 64 kids I will write a full post dedicated to one special little girl). Yes we will sign the MOU, Yes, Yes, YEs... But no action on WHEN. Sigh.
But back to Happy note... Kolya has been home just shy of three months now! I can't believe it. Three months. We have a great routine. Kolya does best with schedule and routine. When we are off by even a little he is a bit of a bear. Sleep is very good! He continues to sleep through the night. And by through the night I really mean it! sometimes 12 hours! This morning he did not get up until after 10am. Yikes Sorry MOM! Not sure what that will mean for nap and sleep the rest of the day. Eating.. well that has tapered of a little bit. When he first came home he ate EVERYTHING we offered. He now his his favorites. And Pasta is not one of them. His favorite now is Mashed Potatoes and ground beef,. He does eat all day long, but kind of snacking all day long. I have not officially weighed him for a few weeks as I was discouraged at being stuck at 18.5 pounds. His legs are chunkier, and you can no longer see ribs so all weight aside I know we are moving in a positive direction. Speech- He still sees speech therapy every Thursday. He has at least 25 English words. But mimics everything we say. He understands simple English commands. "Pick up your juice cup, come here, " He calls Sabyr, Hannah and Ruger by name depending on which dog he wants to torment at the time. Kolya has three speeds now.. Run, Jump, and sleep.. nothing in between will do.
In two weeks we will celebrate his first birthday with us. And his Number 2!!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

One LAst Chance

Can't really write all the details here just yet. But what I can write is that for the last 24 hours and for the next 24 hours, the group and friends of the waiting families groups are all in the midst of a prayer vigil. We may not know the outcome for about two weeks. But this is our last hope. If this does not work then our waiting kids may never come home to our families. But if this is successful then we may be boarding plains soo. Hope we will be boarding planes.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Catching up

I am such a bad blogger. Once upon a time I blogged almost every day. Now that I actually have something to blog about I have been lax in sharing. And, my computer battery died tonight so this post will lack the photos everyone oh so looks forward to. My apologies!
I can't believe it but Summer is over. Coolness is in the air. The air conditioner is not running full blast every moment of the day, and we are spending many more hours outside enjoying the weather. Kolya has been home for 9 weeks!!! The time has gone so quick. My whirlwind adoption from Russia is fading to a distant memory. The unbelievable amount of tme spent in a car from Moscow to Borovichi doesn't seem so long at all anymore. In fact I miss my travels. I have learned many things from this adoption journey. One is a love of traveling abroad. I miss my Kyrgyz friends. I wish I could return to visit. I loved seeing the sights of Russia (mostly Moscow).
This month may mark an end of one story and the beginning of another for our waitng Kyrgyz kids. I know that is certainly a tease. But I can't get much further then that in detail. We have one last hope, One last prayer, One last ditch effort to reunite our families. Pray this works. But if this does not then pray for our kids as we will all be needing to figure out how we can support them from afar. I sure hope and pray this won't be the case, hwever I can't stomach knowing that Shelby is living in an orphanage any longer then she needs to. Does that mean she will always be the child of my heart? Possibly. But this is out of my hands. All I can do is Pray and ask that all our readers do the same.
On to happier thoughts. Our dear Kolya is blossoming. He make us all laugh. He is 99% fun and 1 pure toddler. That 1% can be a bit trying. Especially to a new mom who has not had time to adjust to a child in the house let alone a toddler. Kolya is 100% boy. He jumps, he climbs, he bonks his head on everything. The other night I turned arund to get his clothing ready for bed. In less then 1/30th of a second he was able to scale his toybox nd do a double gainer smack(thud) on to the hard floor below. Ay, AY, Ay.... Luckily the only thing he hurt was a bit of a bite to the bottom lip and a lot of pride. But he hasn't tried a bely flop off the toy box again. So hopefully lesson learned. He will be 2 in a month and a day! A birthday party is in order! Can't wait.
What have we been up to? Last weekend we traveled to Argyle, NY to Shannon's and to the Washington County FAir. Kolya was intrigued by the tractors and the heavy machies! Tractor was his new favorite word that weekend. We visited Harrisburg with friends Kaitlyn and Brandon where we played in the fountain and took pictures of the building whee his paperwork was conceived. Speech Therapy is every week. We counted up a total of somewhere between 15 and 17 words, but that was a few weeks ago. His new favorite words .. Horse which he says like a whisper. Tractor, uh oh, who's that, Anna (for Hannah our German Shepherd) Nonna ( Donna our friend from dog training), Mammy (grammy), Poppop. He baaaas like a sheep and quacks like a duck.
We watched Star Wars this last weekend and he was MEZMORIZED!!! So fun to be sitting with our son watching a movie that was one of my first movies as a child.
Try to add a phto post soon.