Day 73 in the United States

January 30, 2009 at 4:07 pm 5 comments

43935Monday, January 26, 2008 was significant in our adoption adventure in that it marked Kairat’s 73rd day in the United States and our days at home now equaled my stay in Kazakhstan. Upon reflection, the passage of time since our departure in September to our current standingimg_1211 seems completely surreal. Countless pictures (actually, about 1,000 or so) help to keep our Kostanai experience fresh in our minds and to remind us that, yes, we were there and we did adopt our son in this wonderful little city.

40540I’ve been mentally strolling the streets and markets where so much40747 time was spent walking and interacting with locals. The smells, sounds, and smiling faces of the baby house staff and children are also still with us…especially the children. If there had been any way possible, we definitely would have adopted another while there.

39031[October picture of K at the baby house.] Despite the fact that we traveled and lived in Kazakhstan and that we’ve been a family for not even three months, the reality that seems most bizarre from the entire experience is that K is actually adopted.  I don’t mean, “adopted,” in that we actually made home with him. I mean, “adopted,” in that he seems like he has been with us forever, that he is our natural child. This feeling isn’t something that took long to develop, either. Before he even left the Delphin Baby House, my motherly instincts had already kicked-in. But now, now that we are home, it seems like this is where we have always been and that the three of us were meant to be together.

Today is an incredibly quiet day in our home. With a sizable snowstorm already falling, our builders have taken the day off and there is no construction going on for the first weekday since our return in November. In celebration, I’ve turned off the typical background noises I utilize in attempting to drown out the nail guns, air compressors, saws, and other various decibel-breaking devices that go along with building. No TV, radio, or music today. Just silence.

43644Next week will be K’s 1st birthday and he has already outgrown some of his size twelve-month clothes. With his growth rate and chubby little cheeks, you wouldn’t think that I would be worried about his eating habits. However, for a week or so, K seemed very difficult to please at the table so I started reading Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense, jumped right to the toddler section, and began implementing some of the strategies and advice mentioned. Mealtime has once again become pleasant. I highly recommend this book and plan on reading it in its entirety. There are great suggestions for not only feeding but parenting, as well. (Kairat’s third tooth is beginning to appear; a top central incisor to join is lower.)

Kairat is such a funny and sweet little boy. We are truly blessed. He continues to charm and intrigue those that he meets and passes in the grocery store and on outings. He loves visiting with his grandparents (both sets) and squeals with excitement whenever he sees them. Our wonderful neighbors are quickly becoming his third set of grandparents, which was proven by a very successful babysitting session yesterday. When I returned home, Kairat merely smiled at me and went right on playing with his new friends.

43537Walking seems to be a focus of our little one. He loves to stand and receive applause and, “Hoorays!” from anyone within view. K still isn’t quite up to the hand and knee crawl on a consistent basis but will try it out once in awhile. He definitely seems intent on pulling himself up to a standing position and seeing where he can go from there.

Verbally, Kairat attempts to repeat words and sounds that he hears and although his vocabulary may seem to not vary to others, I can tell the difference between his “ball”, “bottle”, “puppy”, and other words he constantly attempts. When reading a vocabulary book the other day he quickly repeated the word “banana” with a “manana”. Really!

I know I’ve said it before, but Kairat is a wonderful, easy going, sweet baby and we love him dearly. Each day is a new and exciting adventure for us all!


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  • 1. Susan  |  January 30, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    great update…and i know exactly how you feel…I am starting to forget what it was like before Leeza was around already……though my body knows cuz yoga is defintely gone, but we have new fun things like kindermusic, storytime, and gymboree!!
    I”m glad you found a cookbook that you like and that works! I have totally stepped it up in the cooking arena, mainly, due to Leeza. She is such a great eater, compared to Sean, my pain in the butt eater, that she makes me want to try new things. 🙂 I know Joe appreciates it, and sean eats cereal cuz he doen’st like over half of what I make. 🙂
    I swear Leeza has said,” good girl” and “thank you” and a few other words, only discernable to the “mommy ear”.

    The Kaz kids are incredibly resilient and smart! and, just wait until he starts walking…..i was so ecxited for that to happen and now that is has…I wondered why I wished it so. 🙂

    I”m so glad K is doing so well-but then again, not at all surpised. He has a great disposition and 2 very loving parents, and 2 sets of grandparents at his beck and call…including the neighbors. That is fantastic!

  • 2. shannon  |  January 31, 2009 at 3:12 am

    yay! sounds like all it going well…

  • 3. John Joness  |  February 1, 2009 at 3:38 am

    What a great story! Thank you for sharing it.

  • 4. Mike  |  March 1, 2009 at 8:29 am

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  • 5. Tricia  |  March 19, 2009 at 3:14 am

    O.k. Time for an update! I did mine 🙂


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