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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Anna — One Year Old

Birthday girl.Our baby-girl is ONE year old! We love her so-so-so much! She brings so much joy into our lives. I am so happy that Anna Leah is a part of our family!

Mommy love.There is not much to say in terms of Anюta’s development. She is walking better — trying to run actually. She seems to understand more, but does not say much other than “mama”, although she might have said “mooo-mooo” a few times (the cow’s sound). She can also clap her hands if you ask her or if she sees somebody doing it.

Birthday dress, first doll.Anechka tries to climb onto things — Arosha’s bed, living room sofa, bedroom sofa, kid’s chair. Arosha’s bed is easy to get on, but she still have some difficulty getting off, although I’ve seen her do it a few times. The sofas are hit and miss. It’s funny that she starts to cry out of frustration when she can’t climb on, but the minute she does, she beams with pride and joy instantaneously.

Siblings.Anюta can play independently for a while, although in the last week or so she is very clingy. I think she is probably teething. She even ran a fever with no other symptoms for a few days. Аnюta has 3 teeth so far, and I can see number four breaking through.

She gets up 2-4 times a night and takes 1-2 naps during the day.

Birthday guests.I am still breastfeeding. Anna is not nearly as fond of the process as Arosha was. In fact, she seem to prefer bottle over my boob (I express milk to take to the playground sometimes), even when its contents are cold. I am planning to go on for a while, hopefully. She still does not eat that much solid food, especially now with the whole teething business. So I’d rather fill her up on human milk than on that of other mammals.

Misha and Sasha listening to Anna's grandfather's stories.Anюta loves holding my iPhone. I usually let her do it when changing diaper or getting her things ready for bed. Yesterday she put the phone to her ear and started to make sounds. That was so funny. She did it again twice already.

Blowing the candle out for Anюta.Arosha is getting used to going to school. If last week he was crying at home before going, this week started tear-free. He keeps saying that he is sad and that he wishes the parents were allowed in, but at the same time he admits that school is not bad and that he likes being there. I think we are very lucky that his friend Rachel got into the same class. It made the transition much easier than it could have been if this was not the case.

Grilling on Daniel's birthday.Arosha is starting to learn English little by little. He still understands little I think, although if you ask him if he understand anything, his answer will be that he understands everything. I was surprised yesterday when he said a whole bunch of things in English (like simple commands such as sit down, lie down, some days of the week, some food items, etc). We bought Apple TV so that he can watch Sesame Street at home per his teacher’s recommendation. He was very reluctant at first, but now he is OK watching an episode from time to time.

Cheesequake flower bloom.We did a small celebration of Anechka’s birthday on Saturday. In the morning we went to Brooklyn Heights with Alex, who wanted to hang out with us, and took some nice family pictures. We then had a birthday lunch at a high-endish pizzeria. And in the evening we invited Danya’s parents and sister with her fiance and also Misha. I did not cook — we ordered food from local Russian cafe. It was a nice celebration, although Anechka was rather fussy and went to sleep an hour earlier than normally. She was asleep by the time for the cake, so Arosha blew out the birthday candle for her.

We went to the doctor for her one year well visit, and her stats are the following: weight is 19lb 6oz, height is 31.5 inches. Apparently she is long and lean.

Cheesequake grilling.Oh, and by the way, I wanted to write a few words about Danya’s birthday, which was a month ago, but never got around to it. He did not feel like celebrating much, so us and Danya’s parents went and had an impromptu barbeque at Cheesequake State Park in NJ. I bought coal and everything for burgers at our local Silver Star, but apparently left all burger patties in the store. Luckily, this problem was relatively easy to fix, although I felt quite embarrassed. All in all, it was a nice celebration as well, although I am not sure if the day felt special enough for Danya.
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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Family Photoshoot

Happy birthday, little sister!Yesterday we decided that it would be a good day to try to take some family photographs.

All of us.The weather was summer-like and our Anna has turned 1 year old. I often can’t think of good location for such a thing, but yesterday I suddenly had an epiphany. Brooklyn Heights with all the brownstone houses and their old stairs would be perfect.

Arosha being Arosha.So we set out to go there and take some photographs. At about that moment Alex called me and said that he was in Brooklyn and wanted to hang out.

Kids and I.We thought that we could do two things at once — spend time with a friend who we don’t see too often these days and he could help us take pictures of all four of us.

Анютка.All in all we spent about two hours walking around and taking pictures. Arosha didn’t go by a single staircase without climbing all the way up and asking for a photograph.

Yet another staircase.Anюta would walk around and try to climb stairs as well. So far she does it on all fours, but nevertheless she is quite proficient at that too.

Little walker.We ended up with a good number of really nice portraits. Brooklyn Heights is a perfect location for such occasions.

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