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...


August 30 & 31, 2008 - Our Last Weekend in Peter!

Wow - the changes we've seen in Nicky's personality are amazing! He was very timid and unsure about everything at first, but today he was all about touching everything and was very curious about even the littlest of item in the house. He's so cute about it and will look at an item, like an Xbox control, then look at us with the "can I touch it?" look & then gets super excited once he does!

We took him out for a walk after nap time yesterday, to the park by the Russian museum, and as usual we go rained on! He seems pretty content to just play with his cars and follow Milhouse around thou. He's starting to understand us better, and he definitely trusts us more.

We gave him his first bath yesterday (I'm sure he's had something like one at some point, I just don't think it's very regular)...he was NOT happy about it at all! Kris got in with him & Nicky screamed & cried the whole time. Once we took him out and dried him off, he was ok; we decided to fore go that part of the routine tonite!
He fed himself on Friday, but part of yesterday & today he decided he liked the way we did it better...to be expected! He wants to see exactly what we'll do for him! This afternoon he was all smiles & giggles - he's super ticklish - and was even talking more & mimicking what we would say. He & Kris were looking out the window at the boats in the canal & were knocking on the window & Nicky would repeat "knock knock"...he thought that was great fun! Tonight he was having too much fun to go to bed thou; Kris called his parents and I took him in like we have been doing. I laid him back on his pillow & he shot back up, just looking at me. I laid him back down & he started to cry & fuss at me! I let him cry a few minutes, then held him a bit & put him down again & within minutes he was out like a light. There's just so much going on for his little brain to take all in right now. I can't imagine how he'll be tomorrow on the plane!
Saturday night was Paul's 30th birthday, and after he & Courtney went to dinner, they came back here & 2 of their Russian friends (from Paul's school) came over. All the travel & guide books tell you that if you ever get into a BODKA (Vodka) drinking session with Russians, you better not start what you can't finish. They are so right! Between the two of them, and the 4 of us, we killed a whole bottle...and I only had one little shot! Kris had 3! It's very smooth, so it wasn't too bad, but we also had a few beers and all split a bottle of Russian (шампанское) champagne to boot! The champagne was very tasty...and very inexpensive. Kris and I had stopped by the store to pick up a bottle and some cake (or the like) and we saw a Russian man buying some, so we bought the same kind. Apparently we made a good choice...Paul told us it was a good one! It was so much fun actually getting to hang out with Paul's friends; they had some great stories about working as Geologists in the former CCCP (USSR). They wished us nothing but happiness with our new little family member and said that we were definitely the best thing to happen to him!

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