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...


Nicky's Dictionary

The most frequently asked question we receive regarding Nicky is "how is his English coming along?" The answer to the question is - his English is getting better & better every day and he's understanding so much more, which has been instrumental in taming the tantrums! Here's a sampling of some of his most fun words and phrases...

butt = bus (can't help not asking him what this object is over and over...he says it with such conviction and excitement!)

eepo = hippo

Tata = Tasha (his stuffed eepo)

penit = penis

tew = two (everything is tew. he loves to count to tew: "one - tew. tew trucks". now keep in mind, there are actually 7 trucks, but hey - he's learning! on a related note, he can't make the 2 sign using his fingers on one hand. we've tried to manipulate his fingers to show him how, but he just can't figure it out. so - instead, he holds up both index fingers for 2! pretty smart, I think!)

hortet = horses (also a case of one - tew. "one - tew. tew hortet momma!"

Marley = Marley (the stuffed dog he received for being a good patient while enduring the barium enema. he's a favorite companion.)

doggy = froggy (this refers to "Mr Frog" - it's a toss up between Marley & Mr Frog as to who will accompany Nicky to school each day - he'd take both if he had his way!)

doeg (said as if one was from Jersey) / doggy = dog / doggy (still refers to Blitzer (Bliter) and Bailey (Boley) as simply "doeg" - that's a step up from sabaka (Russian word for dog) though!

apple = apple or pineapple (he flat-out refuses to say the "pine" part.)

man = anyone that is not daddy, pop or papa. also the source of any sound that is made around the house that doesn't originate from one of us or the dogs.

daddy truck = fire truck (also accompanied by a fun siren sound!)

daddy man = fireman (he has a few "daddy men" that go along with his fire trucks/engines that he calls daddy, and also called some firemen at the grocery store "daddy man".)

dump = his dump truck and also for some reason big trash containers and trash trucks (I guess they've seen the trash man come to the school?).

popt truck = pop's truck (any pick-up truck he sees...no matter the style or color.)

Dollby (almost sounds like "Dobby" the "house elf" from Harry Potter) = Shelby (or girlfriend Shelby as we call her now - he has total crush - he lights up when we say her name!)(our next door neighbor).

And our all-time favorite - especially when he tells us about it...

ocaccalo = poop (there's a book called "Everyone Poops" and one page has a bunch of animals and a little boy, all of which have pooped & at the top of the page it says "Everyone Poops", which I usually say in an excited manner. When we get to that page Nicky now says in a sing-song voice "ooooocaaaaaccalooooo!")

Hope you enjoyed your lesson in Nicky-speak! Have a good weekend!

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