Thursday, October 30, 2008

Food - 1 week home

Even though this blog is supposed to follow the journey of our adoption and that is essentially over, I'll continue it for a while so I can keep a journal of the kid's lives immediately after adoption.

Back to the subject: Food.

Cooper aka Nikita:
He's a little picky but generally eats well. He plays with his food often.
He does NOT like chicken, peas nor carrots and will separate them into a napkin, wad it up and give it to us saying kaka.

He loves yogurt, milk, mac & cheese and especially jam.

She will eat any and every thing known to man, including dog food.
The first day we were home, we were feeding the dogs their dinner and she started screaming crying and pointing to Fritz's food dish. She walked over to it, shooed him away and grabbed a handful for herself! Of course we didn't let her eat it but she absolutely would have. She definitely has a strong survival instinct.
She has since realized that dog food is for dogs and her food will come to her when she's in her high chair (which she LOVES!).
Kara has a little food issue where she screams when you take her bib off if every morsel on her plate is not eaten. She's getting better. In Russia, we would have to hand feed her so that she didn't stuff everything in her mouth at once. Now we hand feed her occasionally for attachment but she can eat by herself calmly and without any problems.

Nap time is almost over so gotta run - here are some pics:

Monday, October 27, 2008

We're alive!

We made it - we're home, happy and healthy - well fairly healthy. Both of the kids have colds and lots of green gunk but I guess that comes with the territory. We got home Thurday the 23rd at around 3 pm. The flight was not so fun - as you can imagine, traveling with a 2 and 3 year old on a 12 1/2 hour flight was just as bad as it sounds. Cooper slept maybe 3 hours and Kara slept about 1 and cried for 5... or at least it seemed like it.

I think we may actually be on a schedule of some sort but it's too early to tell. The jet lag is finally starting to go away.

They eat and sleep well. 2 out of 3 of the dogs like them - we're still working on Mia, she'll come around.

All is going pretty much like it's supposed to so I'll leave you with some very random pics.
Kara sleeping on the plane
This boy LOVES hats!

A couple of pics at the airport on the way home.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

We're Parents!

It's official, we are parents of Cooper Nikita and Kara Iraida!

We were approved by the Russian Federation to parent these gorgeous little children AND our 10 day waiting period was waived!

We are to stay in Arkhangel'sk until Monday then we'll go to Moscow where we'll do embassy paperwork then we'll head home.

The babies are wonderful and fun and WILD! We're all getting to know each other and it's truly amazing how smart these munchkins are. They copy everything we do and Cooper is trying to say our English words already. It's all good and fun.
Here are some pictures that we can finally post!
Please ignore the lovely orphanage buzz cut with bangs on my son!

Friday, October 10, 2008


This is my last post in the good ole USA as a non parent!
We leave tomorrow evening and will spend the night in Moscow.
On Monday we'll fly to Ark then Wednesday is court day.
I really don't know the schedule after that except that we'll get the kids and life as we know it will change forever... and we're so looking forward to it!

I'll post again when I can - maybe Ark depending on how busy we are.

Wish us luck with court!

Oh, congratulations FINALLY to Jeff and Jenny - they had court yesterday and got custody of their two precious little girls today!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Tagged and Court Date!

My blogger friends Joy and Meghan have tagged me... lucky me... ha!
So I need to tell you 6 random things about myself.
Ok, here it goes:

1- I had a dog named David when I was growing up. He was named after David Cassidy who I was totally in love with, at 3.

2- I am a total neat freak and go crazy when things are not where they're supposed to be. Everything has a place and must be organized. (I may have to relax a little on this with 2 toddlers in the house...)

3- When I was a little girl and someone would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I'd always say "a mommy".

4- I LOVE hand-me-down clothes. Weird I know.

5- My childhood friend, Laura and I use to make up dances and perform in front of our parents. We also made up our own language. And David tore off her toenail once...yuck! Weird memories!

6- This is the best random thing about me: We received our court date so I will officially be a mommy on Oct. 15! Yay!!!

I'm not going to tag anyone else because I don't have the energy or time!