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...


Penit Snipping

I finally got the nerve to call and schedule Nicky's circumcision, and it's slated for February 26, 2009 at 7am. We are taking him to one of our surgery centers (meaning one that is managed by HCA, the company for which we work), and the Administrator has promised to take care of all 3 of us! I figured I should probably try to talk to Nicky about what's going to happen, even if he doesn't understand all of it, at least I've tried to prepare him. The other night after bath time I decided I would test the waters to see how he would respond; it went a little something like this:

Momma - "Nicky, we're gonna take you to the doctor and he's gonna cut your penit." (his word for penis - still can't quite say the "s".)
Nicky - "Nooooo." (not really excited or upset about it, just a long, sing-song no.)
Momma - "Da. The doctor's gonna cut your penit. Like when we cut your hair." (very matter-of-fact, and this time demonstrating with my fingers.)(I couldn't think of any other way to tell him that he would understand.)
Nicky - "Minute." (said while holding up one finger to show me, not now, but in a minute.)
Momma - "Right. It will happen later. Not right now." (I guess he thought a doctor was gonna barge into his bedroom and do it right then and there.)
Nicky - "Ok. Later." (said while nodding yes, without much of a reaction. about the same as I would have gotten if I had said "we're gonna go to school in the morning.")

And that was that. The next night, during bath time, he told Daddy, "Doctor cut Nikita penit. Later." (said very matter-of-fact while holding up one finger). Of course, Kris didn't realize I had already told Nicky, as I had failed to mention this news to him (he was at the fire station the night I told Nicky), so he was quite shocked! The good thing that's come out of the conversation I had with Nicky is that he pseudo-comprehended what I was telling him, and was able to repeat it! That shows his language skills are improving! The flip side is that he obviously doesn't understand that any pain will accompany this impending doom, and I'm not sure how, nor that we should, try to tell him. I'm sure he'll realize that part all too soon enough! :( We'll definitely keep you all informed on the success of the surgery (gotta think positively, right?). Keep the little guy in your thoughts the last weekend of this month...I'm sure he's not gonna be too happy with his Momma & Daddy.


Lukr said...

How is he now? Is he fine after it? Hope is doing well and it healed good and looks good to ;) My son will get the snip in a few weeks

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