We are a married couple who adopted our little Russky, Nikita {aka Nicky, Nicky noodle, little man, Nikoli, the Nickster, crazy dude, goofball, puppy love, etc...you get the picture!} from St Petersburg, Russia four years ago. Join us as we stumble through the joys and perils of parenthood, while our son teaches us a few things along the road...


September 9, 2008 - 1st US Doctor Visit

We took Nicky to see Dr Eckel in Denton - he's an international adoption specialist. We all got loaded up in Kris' Pathfinder, with Nicky secure in his seat in the back. He was a little restless at first; this is only his third time being in his seat afterall. I gave him some Cheerios (it was snack time) and all was good...we were on our way. Nicky's seat gives him a great position for viewing other "machinas" (cars), so that kept him busy most of the 35-ish minute ride. It started raining pretty hard half way through our trip, so Kris turned on the windshield wipers. You woulda thought he had performed some kind of miracle! Nicky got so excited & yelled "whoa". It dawned on us...he's never seen them before. Every time they went across the windshield, he got excited!

We got to the Dr's office and ran in, since we forgot our umbrella - seems like a theme for us! We only had to wait a few minutes before we were taken to the room & had to strip our child. Both Kris & I held our breath, waiting for the screams that would follow. I guess Nicky was too mesmerized by the cute Nurse to worry about having his clothes taken off, because he barely made a fuss!

After many questions and touching and prodding of the child, Dr Eckel pronounced Nicky to be in overall good health! He said we would want to make sure he gets enough protein for his growing muscles - guess momma should follow the same advice. He also commented that Nicky seems to be pretty well adjusted and if we were to work with him, he should have no problems catching up developmentally and with his speech!

As we left the nurses came in with 7 vials full of liquid. We received instructions on filling them...with poo! :( And guess who gets to perform this task? Yup - momma! EWWWWW! I guess that's my retribution for making Kris take care of the explosion on the plane!

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