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 1st Birthday Party...Ever!

Of course Nicky has had a birthday before, because he was born on April 6th and that day comes around every year, therefore, his birthday has occurred 3 times. However, this year was the first time it was ever actually celebrated, and with crazy Americans to boot! We invited our neighbors, a few family members and his Nana & Pop, Granny & Papa and GG (Great Granny). Momma and Daddy weren't quite ready for the house full of crazy screaming kids just yet!

We went with a dinosaur (or "asaur" in Nicky speak) theme - Nicky seems to like them and gets excited when he sees them, although now that he's watched Shrek a number of times, he tends to call them "dragon". Anywho, Nicky was quite the social butterfly and made his rounds visiting with everyone.
He opened his presents like a champ, saying "wow!" and "oh!" at the sight of each one. And just as if he were our birth child, he paused to throw away the trash in between each present...me wiping a tear from my eye...I'm so proud! I swear we didn't teach him this, although it's definitely something we would have at some point (maybe not at this age - we would've at least waited a few years!). (Sidebar...he's just very neat & tidy - we have no issues with him cleaning things up when he's finished with them - whether it's his toys or himself - must be an orphanage thing. Whatever the case, he fits right in with Momma & Daddy and our neatness!)
The present that got the best reaction had to be the power wheels fire truck, (which I might add, is strong enough to hold Momma too! :) whoo hoo! thanks Nana, Pop, GG & old Nana!) I've never seen his little Fred Flintstones move so fast to get at something! He climbed right in, turned the "key" (guess he's watched Momma & Daddy start our cars a few times...we better watch out!), then stepped on the gas and took off while waving and yelling "bye!" to everyone!
After a quick spin down the street (and almost into the street and the front of GG's car!) we all went in for some birthday cake. We decided to let Nicky have a cake all to himself in celebration of his first birthday. He wasn't quite sure what to do with it, but he did share with his cousin Reese without being prompted...such a sweet boy!
Nicky wiped his hands in between each bite and it wasn't long before he was "all done"...not sure if it was too sweet for his taste (we don't really give him much in that department) or if it was too messy.
As the crowd left and Nicky was surrounded by family, he giggled and played with the best toy ever...
...the cheap party blower-thingy! Figures! Next year I'll just get him a box of those and be done with it! We finally got him off to bed around 9:30pm, with much resistance I might add! He was not quite ready for the fun to stop, but alas, all good things must come to an end! I know that most of these early memories will be a blur to him as he gets older; but if he does happen to recall this day, I hope it's with a glimmer of happiness! Thanks to everyone who helped to make his first birthday such a success!!!

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