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 Menagerie

Each morning as we wake Nicky up for the day, we ask who him who will join him. As you can see in the picture above, Nicky has several "babies" from which to choose (and that's just a small sampling). Each has had a trial run - at least one trip outside of the house. Some mornings on the weekend, he'll bring several babies downstairs with him, of which one will be taken out and about with him for the day. He's had several periods where Marley is the favorite (the dog he got after having his enema), and "Pop Lion" (the lion he got after his penit snipping) and a few with "asaur" (dinosaur in Nicky-speak)(dinosaur we gave him for Valentine's Day). However, he always returns to his old faithful: "dog" (aka "Mr Frog"...he has difficulty saying the letter "f"). We're not sure if it's because he's all broken in (he's been washed a few times & is the right shape & size); or if it's because he's familiar (we took Mr Frog to Russia on all 3 trips to give Nicky something in which he could hopefully find comfort); or if it's just because he likes the color green (it was the first color he could correctly identify) or if he simply likes frogs. Whatever the case may be, Momma & Daddy love that we chose a "baby" that Nicky could relate to, even before ever having met him. Kinda like Nicky has been the best fit for us and our family!
(Nicky at the orphanage...trip 2)

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