Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Annushka’s First Five Days

Annushka. 4 days old.Only five days have passed since Anechka’s birth, yet so many things have already happened. First of all we’re doing a lot better than we did with Arosha since we just know everything by now and are not easily scared anymore. She also appears to be a much calmer baby. She eats, she sleeps with really small doses of crying.

Tiny foot.Alёna is breast feeding exclusively and is doing it on demand as opposed to our previous time when she had to wake Arosha up every 2 hours to feed him. Anya is doing pretty well with it at this point, although she still has a lot to learn about eating. The reason for not having to do the scheduled feeding is the lack of apparent jaundice. It is still there, but it appears to be much milder than what Arosha had. Also she has no tongue-tie so it’s easier for her to eat.

Accidental smile. 5 days old.Today we had our second doctor visit. At birth she was 7lb 10oz. On Monday doctor visit she was at 6lb 13oz. Today she is at 7lb 6oz which is great. Doctor also said that she is not as yellow, which is also great. We did do the blood test to make sure it’s going down and should get results later today. She regularly has wet diapers and I think the count for today (since midnight) is 7. She seems to prefer to poop once a day, but in large volumes — sorry for so much details.

Curiosity.Today she slept for five hours straight during the night. Arosha still sleeps at grandparents although he comes to visit every day. Alёna went for a walk with both of them today. It took her nearly a month to be brave enough with Arosha. Also her umbilical cord fell off today — much quicker than it took with Arosha.

Sleeping.And in the end I want to say that I’m still not settled on what form of the name to use, but I think Alёna did. Not all of the forms transliterate well, but here are some: Anyuta — Alёna’s favorite, Annushka, Anechka, Anya, Anna — too official. I keep trying all of them, but not sure which one works the best for me. Anya, Anechka, Anyuta.
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Monday, June 11, 2012

Aroshka — 22 Months

Aroshka in a tree house.Aroshka is 22 months old! Only 2 to go until he is two. He is growing and developing so fast!

He can communicate pretty well now. He forms 3-4 word sentences quite often (“музыку папа включил”, “Шублик ногу укусил”, “папа дай щетки две” и т.д.), and he would repeat pretty much everything that he hears. Just a few examples of the things that crack me up (it’s in Russian, since we almost exclusively speak Russian to him):

Arosha on a swing.ёлки-палки (услышал от бабушки)
Шублик-бублик (это уже от нас)
тётя-Мотя (это от няни Даниэлки)
дядя-Мотя (а вот это самодеятельность)
баки-каки (покакали собаки — сам придумал и тащится)
говый нёд (иногда путает и говорит это вместо “нового года”)
гуть-муть (это от моей “груть-шмуть”, когда он невовремя о ней вспоминает)

Of course, his pronunciation is still far from perfect (for example, he says “nee-pooh” instead of Winnie Pooh or “abaka” instead of “sobaka”), and he does not make all the sounds yet (no “R” or “L”), but I can understand him in most cases. It’s so great!

Arosha hanging out.One of his favorite questions in the last few weeks is “Эта што?” (What is that?). Every time he sees something of interest, he would point at it and ask “eto chto”, and it’s so much fun to name things for him and try to explain what they are for. Just the other day I put my neti pot in the bathroom (I had a major cold which I am still recovering from), and just as expected, he spotted it right away and asked what is that. Well, long story short, he ended up pouring half a jar of salt in it and was very proud of himself for helping his mommy in important business of nasal irrigation.

Swinging is serious business.And neti pot is a bad example — who the hell knows what it is anyhow? He asks about simple things like twigs, hooks, pebbles, straws, fences, etc. I guess, nothing is trivial when you are this young!

By the way, we measured him on June 7th, and he was around 36 inches (91.4 cm) tall. He still weights around 27 pounds, just as last month. I think that it’s OK that he did not gain weight since he seem to be growing and developing just fine.

All of us.We had quite a sad event a little over a week ago — Daniеlka (Aroshka’s best friend) went to daycare on June 1st. They’ve been friends for a while, and they played so well with each other almost every single day. I think Aroshka understood that she went to daycare, because he asks about her much less than when she was available. But I think that he misses her, because he does not want to go outside to play anymore (not like before at least), and he is more eager to get back home. I hope he’ll start playing with other children on playground, but for now he pretty much keeps to himself.

In the pool with grandma.I love the way he calls me: mama Ayonka. I am not sure why he says Ayonka and not Ayona — maybe, he figured it in associations with “AroshKa”. He also started calling his grandma baba Asyanka (Oksanka), which is also very sweet.

He took new liking of books these past few weeks. There was a period of time when he just would not let us read anything to him (although describing of pictures was OK), but now he enjoys some stories too. Among his favorites are “Мойдодыр” and “Федорино Горе” by К. Чуковски, “Котёнок по имени Гав” by Г. Остер, a few Russian fairy tales (Колобок, У страха глаза велики, Маша и Медведь) and a bunch of very short stories about proper behavior (рассказы про Аню и Митю) from his beloved “Великая книга о зайке”.

Vitalik helping Arosha on a swing.We’ve run into a small issue with putting Aroshka down for a nap in the last week. After the nap breastfeeding was gone, we were fine for a little while, but then it started to get harder and harder to put him to sleep during the day. It takes me up to an hour and multiple attempts to leave his room, so sometimes it gets really frustrated. I just hope that this is some sort of stage and it will pass sooner rather than later. It’s kind of cute though that after each story I tell him, he asks me “asedny raz mama” (one last time mama).

Fire truck at the Children's Museum on Staten Island.All in all it’s been a fun month! Our building’s pool is opening next week and I am looking forward to enjoying it with Aroshka once both of us are fully recovered from the cold.
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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Arosha — 10 Months

Arosha rolling in the bed, playing peek-a-boo with his mommy.Arosha has turned 10 months today! Our big boy weighted 21lb 11oz and measured 31¼ inches at the doctor. He also had his blood taken to test for hemoglobin and lead — we’ll know the results in a few days. We dress Arosha in both 12 and 18 months clothes — the latter ones are still a bit too large, but some of the 12 months stuff is getting too snug.

On the bench in the park. Even though he can sit just fine by himself, he also has a big tendency to fall off things.The biggest thing that happened this months is that he learned a word — KRYA! He says it all the time now. I can’t get mama or papa out of him — only Krya, Ka, occasional Ko, Ga and Ba. But Krya definitely rules. It’s funny how kids will surprise you with little things — there is no way I would have guessed that he’ll start his verbal communication with the sound that the duck makes.

Five out of our six teeth are showing.He also started to recognize some other words. For example, he has a book about butterflies, a book about lambs, and a book about a bear (“Мишка Косолапый”). So every night Danya’s mom is asking him to show her each book, and more often that not he does it! He also definitely knows who papa is and who Shublik is (when I ask him where is papa or where is Shublik, he almost always looks at the correct person/cat). I am not sure if he knows mama, but oh well, he will at some point!

"I require this remote control. It must be checked for tastiness."He also stood unassisted — whole one time! Well, it was multiple times really, but on one occasion only (during our visit to Flushing Meadows park). I read somewhere that smaller, lighter babies have easier time balancing themselves — maybe there is some truth to it. He still LOVES to stand holding onto furniture though, as well as to cruise around using furniture for support. He also figured out how to open the doors of our bookshelves, and spends a lot of time doing it, as well as trying to chew on books (I don’t allow him to chew on books obviously, but sometimes he manages to start before I notice).

Sitting on papa's shoulders.He is still not very good at eating solids. There is definitely an improvement compared to the previous month, but breast milk is still his favorite. Can’t blame him I guess. As far as my breastfeeding plans go, I hope to be able to continue until Aroshka is at least 1 year old, and then have at least a morning and an evening feedings for hopefully another half year. We’ll see how it goes, but for now I am happy that my body is able to produce enough. I try to introduce some water as well, but he is not very interested in it.The thing is that he is not used to drinking from anything other than his mommy, so getting him to understand the concept of drinking from a sippy cup or a glass is a challenge of its own (although it seems that yesterday he figured out how to use a sippy cup with a straw).

Sometimes we cry. Especially when we visit the doctor for our check-ups.He also cut another 2 teeth this month — both upper lateral incisors. They are not fully out yet, but the tips could be seen really well. To Aroshka’s credit — he does not bite me while drinking milk (knock on wood). He does sometimes bite my clothes or any part of the body he can get to when he is hungry, but not the breast. I hope it will continue this way.

Backpack kid carrier. First ride.Being around Arosha is getting more and more fun! One of my favorite activities is playing a variety of peek-a-boo (which involves my hiding on the floor and his rolling around laughing in the crib) with him — both of us have so much fun! I love holding him, hugging him, kissing him, smelling his big blonde head. I love it when he smiles, and even more when he laughs. I love that when he needs comfort I am able to provide it.

Arosha in mama's lap.They say babies grow too fast — they do indeed. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that he won’t be a little baby with dimples on his arms and chubby legs forever, and that there will be a time when he would not want to always be around us, that he will have his opinion, his hopes, his friends… Sometimes it seems that he will always be our little boy. But I know that he’ll become a man one day! So I am trying to enjoy this brief time of his babyhood as much as I can.

Happy Ten Months Birthday, Aroshka! We love you.
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

О Настроении

Aroshka in his baby GYM.Сегодня понедельник, небо хмурое, время от времени идёт дождик. Я пью чай с яблочным пирогом, а Ароша спит в своей кроватке рядышком. Надеюсь, проспит хотя бы пол часика.

Arsen's new house.Вчера мы ездили в гости к Арсену и его жене Лене — они пару недель назад купили дом в городке Freehold в штате Нью-Джерси и пригласили всех нас посмотреть на их новое жильё, а так же отметить день рождения Лениной мамы. Дом меня очень впечатлил — во-первых, он просто огромный и очень удачно спланированый, во-вторых, на улице есть подогреваемый бассейн, в котором д. Боря вчера даже искупался, а в-третих, Арсен так же стал владельцем солидного, в несколько гектаров, участка земли на котором растут деревья, кусты черники и прочее и прочее.

Barns and a corn field at a stop along our way to Arsen.Честно говоря, я не уверена была стоит ли нам ехать в гости, потому что я волновалась о том, что Ароша будет капризничать и я не смогу его успокоить. Данина мама, однако, убедила нас, что поехать стоит, и оказалась права. Мы хорошо провели время, я немного расслабилась, а Ароша продрых в беседке на свежем воздухе где-то 3.5 часа подряд, что, по-моему, является для него если не рекордом, то очень близко к оному. Еще я волновалась о том, что же делать если ребёнок проголодается в дороге. Всё оказалось очень просто — мы остановились, я приложила его к груди, и через пол часа мы снова были в пути.

One side of the backyard.Вообще, надо признаться, иногда на меня накатывает совсем грустное настроение. Не знаю, послеродовая ли это депрессия, но глаза у меня в некоторые дни то и дело на мокром месте. Мне сложно обьяснить что именно нагоняет на меня слёзы — наверное, это комбинация гормонов, усталости и чувства вины, которое возникает у меня по разным поводам (когда Ароша плачет, когда я не выхожу с ним погулять, когда я думаю, что неправильно его кормлю, и т.д.).

The land that belongs to Arsen extends 150 meters beyond the fence. After that the state protected natural preserve begins.Еще у меня проблема с послеродовым сексом, который причиняет сильную боль — врач сказал, что, возможно, когда зашивали один из моих разрывов, туда попал нерв и теперь у меня там повышенная чувствительность. Когда станет лучше (и станет ли вообще) неизвестно, и я как-то очень сильно расстроилась после визита к гинекологу. Однако, за прошедшие с тех пор пару дней я немного успокоилась, и, почитав форумы, понимаю, что не одна я такая. Что ж, надеюсь, всё “починится” со временем.

Но вообще хочу сказать еще раз — несмотря на приступы грусти, ни на мгновение я не пожалела о том, что в наших жизнях появился маленький человечек. Мне очень хочется чтобы он рос здоровым и счастливым! )

Corn field somewhere in New Jersey.Да, а из песенок в моём репертуаре появилось пару новых, и наибольшее удовольствие я получаю от “Калыханкi”, “Зоркi Венеры”, колыбельной Волховы из оперы “Садко” и песенки “Дождь пойдёт по улице” из каког-то белорусского мультфильма.

А еще я всегда радуюсь и-мэйлам и комментариям, которые мне шлют друзья и знакомые. Отвечать не всегда есть время, но читаю я их с удовольствием и настроение от этого обычно становится лучше. )
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Saturday, August 21, 2010

First Bath

First time bathing.Сегодня Ароша первый раз в жизни принимал ванну. ) Дело это ему совсем не понравилось, и он громко плакал во время процесса. Похоже, вода была слишком холодной (у нас нет термометра) — ванночка стояла в зале на журнальном столике, и вода остыла очень быстро. Завтра надо будет погорячее сделать.

Вообще мне было страшно купать сыночка, и пока что уверенности еще не появилось. Сегодня купаться нам помогала бабушка (завтра тоже поможет), но вообще надо как-то приспосабливаться и делать это самим.

Funny lip maneuver. А в целом у нас до сиих пор идёт сложный период адаптации. Я сильно устаю и всё время нервничаю (в основном без особых причин). Самая главная цель сейчас — это хорошо наладить процесс кормёжки. Я всё время боюсь, что он недоедает, иногда сцеживаю молочко и даю ему бутылочку, но в таком случае я боюсь что он перестанет сосать из груди и что производство молока как-то собьётся. Вобщем, большинство моих мыслей крутится вокруг этой темы, и это не делает меня сейчас самым лёгким человеком для общения.

А еще вчера мы ходили первый раз гулять. Мне как всегда было страшно (что проснётся и будет плакать на улице, а я не буду знать что делать), но всё прошло хорошо — Ароша продрых все 25 минут прогулки. )
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Monday, August 16, 2010

First Week

Arosha. Day 3. Changing. Not quite in control of our eyes yet.We’re though our first week of parenthood and I must tell you that it’s quite a bit more overwhelming than I imagined. I always thought that it’s just very physically tiring. It very much is, but that’s nothing compared to the emotional part.

Arosha. Same day.I’m a worrying type in general, and do I worry or what? Alёna seems to be just like me with that respect. First of all we have jaundice — too much bilirubin that causes the yellowing of skin and eyes. About 60% of infants have it, but we were worried that our case is worse than usual. So far we’ve had a number of appointments with our pediatrician and she’s monitoring his condition.

Little foot. So tiny.Last blood test showed that it’s going down. I’ve read a lot about it and maybe it’s not as bad as we originally imagined, but it still is worrisome. Hopefully the trend will continue and won’t have to worry about that for much longer.

The best way to treat jaundice is for the baby to eat a lot and therefore poop a lot. In the hospital we were told that Aaron has a tongue-tie. It’s when the membrane under the tongue is too short and as a result he can’t lift his tongue much up. They told us that we didn’t really have to do anything since he seemed to be sucking well. Continue Reading
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