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...


30 Month Check-Up & More

Yesterday was a busy day for Mr Nicky. We had a visit from a lady who works for Early Childhood Intervention - a program that assists with children who are considered to be "at risk". "At risk for what?", you might ask. Well, in Nicky's case developmental and speech delay. The program only covers kids until the age of 3, and that's only 6 mos away, so we wanted to take advantage of it while we could. She did the initial in-take and evaluation, and will return with a speech therapist on the 13th to do the full assessment. If Nicky qualifies, which she seemed to initially think he would, then they would visit with Nicky anywhere from once a week to once every two weeks. The good thing is, Kris and I would not have to miss work as they will visit Nicky at his preschool! Keep your fingers crossed that he is accepted. I think him learning how to better express himself with words, and being able to express his wants & needs will help a TON with the recent tantrums and whining!

The fun didn't stop there for the day! After a much too short nap, Nicky and I went to meet his new pediatrician at the Medical Center of Plano. Nicky is such a good patient! He is so still when being measured (35 1/2 in), weighed (just over 31 lbs), and poked/prodded! He's gained over 2 pounds since we got home! Kris says it's all in his "Fred Flintstones"! :) After a bunch of paperwork and a good look at the little guy, the physician told me of the few immunizations she believed Nicky would need. The kicker - I would be the one to hold him down while the 2 nurses simultaneously "stuck" him 2x each! Oy! I am so not a fan of needles & seconds before I was to do the restraining of my son, I got a flu shot! I have to say - we both did pretty well. I was a bit shaky (nerves a little on edge), and started crying when Nicky screamed in pain as the nurses plunged the needles into his little legs! He recovered quickly as one of the nurses gave him a maraca thing (thanks...like we needed another toy that makes noise!).
Today Nicky is being pretty dramatic about the pain in his right leg (must be the one he got the flu shot in - my arm is pretty sore too). He's limping and keeps rubbing it with the cutest frowny sad face you ever saw! He even rubs my arm and says "owie" with the same face!

We're going to one of our friends' daughter's 1st birthday today, so I hope his little leg "heals" before then, or we could be in for a long, dramatic night!

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