Sunday, August 19, 2007

Home one week

We've been home about a week - sometimes it feels that we just got off the plane and sometimes it feels as though he has been here forever. He is doing better that we ever expected. Cole loves his big brother and sister, he runs around like he owns the place, and has the cats and the dog on high alert at all times. He is picking up english - Come Here Mama!! is the most often heard phrase. He does it with a full arm beckon - you can't help but respond immediately. He and his papa take long walks every morning to the playground. They talk about sprinklers, trees, mailboxes and then they come home to report on all of the wonderful things they did and saw. Next, is a skinny dip in the pool. I guess he regards it as a giant bathtub and sees no need for clothing. We will worry about that another time. He claps and cheers on Maddie and Kel's dives and then tries to imitate them. Such an incredible joy to watch him with his big brother and sister. They are absolutely awesome with him, and such an incredible help to Sean and me.

Eating is a non issue. He eats all vegetables and fruits, loves yogurt and cheese, but hates milk and most meats. He eats until he is full and then he is done and ready to play again. We really feared gorging and hoarding would be big issues, but they have not come to fruition.

Our biggest obstacle is sleep. Whether it is fear, time zone change or simply being a toddler, we can't be sure, but he really fights sleep at naptime. When we finally get him down, he sleeps for at least 3 hours, so it is evident that the naps are needed! Its quite the drama each day, but nights are somewhat easier. (thanks to melatonin!)

We are amazed every day by him. His laugh is contagious and his devilish grin is intoxicating. Each day his new world opens a little more and we are so thrilled to be on this ride with him.

Pictures later...I have to find time to download, but for now I hear Come Here Sabaka (d0g) so I am off to save our lab!


At August 19, 2007 12:25 PM, Blogger Tricia said...

he's adorable! congrats!

At August 19, 2007 12:35 PM, Blogger Jenni said...

Glad things are going well! The sleep transition was the hardest for us too. I think the combination of jet lag, new home/bed, new schedule and night terrors just makes going to be undesirable for newly adopted kids.

The "Come here Mama" is adorable!

At August 19, 2007 12:53 PM, Blogger MMrussianadoption said...

oh congrats again. I am so happy for you. the sleep thing will pass. cant wait to see more pictures.

At August 20, 2007 12:16 PM, Blogger Debbie said...

He just fell right into place with you all. That’s wonderful to hear.

At August 20, 2007 12:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so excited for all of you. I'm so glad that everything worked out well in Russia...and now the transition at home seems to be going smothly too! He is beautiful. I love looking at his pitures.

The First Great,


At August 20, 2007 9:39 PM, Anonymous Becky said...

Loving this news!

At September 14, 2007 6:57 AM, Blogger adoptedthree said...

Your son is precious! Have a wonderful time together


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