Another Beautiful Day in Kostanai

October 5, 2008 at 1:39 pm 4 comments

Sunday, October 5, 2008: Day 33 in Kostanai

I’m about to make a very bold move, one that will undoubtedly identify me as an American; I am going to sit outside our apartment on a bench along the beautiful city walkway and type this entry on my computer. [I’ve included a couple views from where I’m sitting.] Cell phones are a dime a dozen, but during our one month stay I’ve only seen one other person using a laptop. We’ll see if I draw any attention.

Despite a short cold spell and snow just about a week ago, the weather has been beautiful. Our visits at the baby house have been outside each day this week and although our little guy is required to wear his fleece coat, pants, scarf, and hat, with another covering over that, we have been wearing only sweaters, light jackets, and, yesterday, t-shirts. It is definitely warmer than usual: “Global warming,” as our coordinator exclaims. (Although I just heard this afternoon that it is suppose to snow mid-week.)

Today our little one is eight months old and we’ve really begun to see changes. To others they may seem small, but to us, the growth is noticeable. Like a number of kids in his group, our guy is finally getting big enough to push himself around in the walker. It’s so funny to arrive at the Delphin House, peek into the baby room, and see that at least one of the little ones has managed to push himself over to the feeding table anxiously waiting his turn to eat.

“Ma-ma”, “da-da”, “ba-ba”, along with a growing vocabulary of babbles are more frequent each day. He seems to be constantly “talking” while simultaneously gnawing on his teething ring. (No teeth yet, but they must be coming.) Aside from his increasing conversational skills, this child is going to love carnival rides. Favorite pastimes consist of being run through the playground chasing either Mama or Papa, sudden throws into the air (the higher the better), slipping down the playground slide in his snowsuit, being suddenly dropped and caught between our legs, and tipping backwards off our knees as far as he possible can. Hmmm…perhaps we have a little astronaut in the making. Hopefully, this is also a sign that motion sickness won’t be a problem on the trip home.

Because we’ve been outside almost everyday for the past two weeks, we haven’t had a chance to see if his crawling skills have improved. (It is difficult to move when you’re dressed in more layers than an Artic explorer.) I have a feeling that he may skip the crawling part and move right to walking. He loves to stand and if bouncing was a sport, we’d have a future Olympic champion.

My tiny “K” pendant has recently become more interesting to him. It’s not that he didn’t notice it before, rather he’s finally development more fine motor skills so that he can capture it between his index finger and thumb and pull. Papa’s sunglasses are also attracting a lot of attention as of late, both for looking at and gumming. Our little one is definitely making us laugh as he shows us more and more of his funny personality. On that note, I’ve posted some more pictures and two videos creatively titled, Slide and Applause.

NOTE: So…I was wondering if someone would notice me on my computer. Right now I’m being closely watched by a young woman, who sat down right beside me (in fact, almost on my lap) and started chatting to me in Russian, as I type in this journal. Although I told her I speak very little Russian, it hasn’t deterred her from observing what I am doing and continuing to talk. Her little son doesn’t seem quite as interested as she. The only thing that is really making uncomfortable is that every time I speak to her she stares directly at my pendant around my neck. Very odd. Luckily, it is now 12:30 p.m. and I need to escape to the apartment to get ready to go to the baby house.

Paka, paka!

Baby House Update– Just wanted to type a quick addition to this entry upon our return from our visitation today where we had a chance to see a slightly unexpected side of our son to be. It seems as though he is a bit jealous of any attention that we might be giving to other children during his time we are supposed to be with him.

The caregivers plopped two of our other favorite boys down beside our guy today as we spread ourselves out on the baby room floor. Typically, from what I understand, they are all buddies and spend time interacting with one another. Well, our little one didn’t seem to be pleased with having to share our attention and his toys and began to whine until we picked him up where we found his typical cheerful disposition returned. That is, until we once again tried to have him interact with the others. Hmmm…. a bit spoiled already? Perhaps so, but with only seeing him for such a short time each day, we’ll let it go…. for now.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Susan  |  October 5, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Take it as a good sign–your son is loving attention from you and he isn’t thrilled to see HIS PARENTS play with other kids.
    Leeza was that way at first too, but at the end of the 9 weeks, she would go off and play and let Mommy hold the other kiddo’s, as long as she was close by , with a watchful eye. 🙂

    Your lil guy will be crawling, walking, and saying his abc’s in no time. I am so amazed at the differnence in our daughter. I’ve only had her 3 days so far and i’m seeing huge changes in her already.

    Leeza also didn’t like it the first time I shared her toys with her buddies–those were HER TOYS. But, she got used to it the more we did it.
    In the “baby commune” environment, nothing is “yours”, so the fact that your son wants you all to himself is certainly understandable and endearing. 🙂

  • 2. Mum  |  October 7, 2008 at 11:04 am

    Doesn’t sound spoiled to me – sounds pretty normal especailly for his age. Be elated. It appears you and Doug are now the most important people in his life.

  • 3. Ellen Norton  |  October 7, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    How wonderful for your little guy to be looking forward to you guys visiting!! He KNOWS who mommy and daddy are and what a lucky boy he is. Sharing is a hard thing to learn. Sounds like he’s perfectly normal, as ‘mum’ said.

  • 4. Shannon  |  October 8, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    HI Kelly, good to “catch up” with you on the blog…sound like everyday is a new adventure…and a blessing. Just curious, how can be get in touch with you via snail mail? Best wishes…


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