Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Arosha’s 7th Birthday

Arosha. August 30th, 2017.Earlier this month Arosha has turned 7! Happy Birthday, our son! Be healthy, happy, lucky, kind.

Multitude of helium balloons in the living room are a tradition by now, so on the morning of his birthday that was exactly what he expected and what he saw. As last year, we blew them at home using a disposable helium tank and hi-float solution. The balloons held for over a week by the way.

Baloon tradition.We got Arosha an early birthday present about 10 days before his actual birthday. He asked for a skateboard, and we were actually very happy that he had chosen something fun. It is not easy to get something for a child who pretty much has anything that he wants to as far as toys and things are concerned. We got it at a small skateboarding store in Park Slope, and along with the board we payed for a one hour lesson to learn the basics, since none of us really had any experience skateboarding. So far Arosha likes his new transport, and he even rode it to Manhattan Beach and back one day, but as far as skill goes, he is still a novice.

Poolside piñata.On the day of his birthday we celebrated it with his friends at the pool. He invited Alex, Simon and Vladik with their younger siblings. I was a little worried in the morning since the day was cloudy and on the cool side, but decided to proceed as planned anyway. It turned out to be Ok. The boys didn’t spend too much time in the water, but still had fun. We also bought a piñata this year and stuffed it with little things from 99 cent store. It was a hit as expected.

I did not cook anything for the party this year. We just ordered pizzas and had some fresh fruits, berries and vegetables as well. I think that for a pool party this made more sense than putting all that effort in cooking meat pies and salads which kids did not really touch last year.

Baloons. Evening before the birthday.After spending a few hours by the pool, we went up to the apartment to have tea and cake. Arosha picked an ice-cream cake as always — Danya and him bought it a few days prior at a Carvel store.

After the cake everyone went to the playground where the children played for another hour. The birthday was fun, I hope Arosha enjoyed it.

Birthday cake.And on the weekend we continued to celebrate with Danya’s parents and sister. Arosha picked a Korean restaurant, and we had a very nice family lunch at Kim-Chi in Bay Ridge.

As far as other gifts go, Arosha also got books, money for additional skateboarding lessons, clothes, board games and art supplies, which he kindly lends to his little sister.

Our not-so-little-anymore units.I hope Arosha will have a healthy and joyful year.

Oh, and by the way, when we went to the annual doctor’s visit, Arosha’s measurements for height and weight were 54 inches and 63 pounds.
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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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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Arosha — 4 Years

Birthday balloons and a lightsaber.Нашему фантазёру, баловнику, лазателю по заборам и деревьям, любителю девочек и компьютерных игр, мелодраматическому хныкателю, высокому блондину, красавчику и просто любимому сыну уже 4! С Днём Рождения, Арошенька! Расти умницей, не болей, будь счастлив! Мы тебя очень-очень-очень любим!

Ароша очень ждал свой День Рождения. Последние недели две он чётко знал сколько именно дней осталось до его праздника. Еще он хорошо запомнил, что родился он в августе, хотя конкретную дату обычно забывает.

Morning "almost" surprise.Наши дни очень похожи друг на друга. Мы много гуляем на улице — хорошо, когда есть кто-то из его подружек — каждый день читаем книги, играем в “пьяницу” (причём Ароша жутким образом мухлюет, но я ему это позволяю) детскими картами, спим, едим, играем на iPad. Ароша очень любит смотреть как Даня играет в Star Wars, а я в Hearthstone. Мы, конечно, очень ограничиваем его время у экрана, но практически каждый день он минут 30 тратит на это занятие. Причём, что интересно, в моей карточной игре он хорошо знает что какая карта делает, знает все классы игроков и тому подобное. Когда он придумывает сам какие-то игры, то часто интегрирует какие-то элементы из обоих этих компьютерных игр в свои фантазии. Ну, например, что он маг и у него есть лайтсэйбер и что он нападает на “плохих” и их побеждает. Вобщем, типичные мальчишечьи “войнушки”, только в реалиях его жизни.

Birthday ice-cream cake.Всвязи с такой любовью к Star Wars, мы купили Ароше в подарок лайтсэйбер. Сабля очень понравилась, и Ароша вот уже несколько дней с ней всё время дома играет. Еще мы купили ему новый двухколёсный самокат на замену старому трёхколёсномы. Выбор пал на Razor Cruiser. Пока у него не очень получается на нём кататься, но это дело времени.

Battle.Еще мы записали Арошу в школу, которая находится напротив нашего дома. Сперва его туда не взяли, а взяли в другую, на Манхэттен Бич, но на прошлой неделе из нашей школы позвонили и сообщили, что всвязи с большим количеством желающих, был создан еще один клас pre-K, и если мы хотим, Ароша туда попадёт. Мы подумали и решили, что несмотря на то, что школа на Манхэттен Бич лучше, преимущества нашей всё же перевешивают. Во-первых, сюда намного удобнее добираться — максимум 5 минут пешком. До другой школы пешком занимает 40-50 минут в каждую сторону, а машину я не вожу. Дедушка согласился отвозить Арошу, но для этого ему надо каждый день в течение года планировать вокруг Арошиных занятий. Ну, и последнее — в нашей школе занятия с 8 до 14:30, а в другой – с 11:45 до 14:15. Думаю, что 6.5 часов школы (которая, вобщем-то еще не школа, а больше детский сад) для всех нас подходят больше, чем 2.5. Надеюсь, Ароша сможет быстро адаптироваться и выучить английский. До начала учебного года осталось меньше месяца. Кстати, Арошина подружка Рэйчел тоже пойдёт в этот класс. Надеюсь это облегчит для него процесс адаптации.

Balloons.Еще Ароша что-то снова немного приболел ко Дню Рождения. Ничего такого серьёзного — немного повышена температура, немного сопли, немного кашель — но мы перенесли празднование на неделю. Анюта, похоже, тоже заразилась. Надеюсь, они успеют придти в себя к следующей субботе.

Arosha with his lightsaber.Мы, правада, купили шарики (в этом году этим занимались дедушка и папа), праздничный торт и шашлыки, так что Ароша всё же почувствовал себя именинником. Но всё равно хочется, чтобы к нему пришли в гости его подружки и он получил даже больше удовольствия. Дедушка и бабушка в этом году на Арошин День Рождения как раз улетели в отпуск, но они успели его увидеть и поздравить до отлёта.

Making faces.Ароша очень любит природу — всё растительное, всё живое (вклучая жучков, червячков и гусениц) и неживое (камушки, палочки). Мы 9 августа ездили на ферму, и там собирали ежевику, баклажаны, помидоры, кукурузу, чернику, персики. Так вот кто же был самым лучшим сборщиком урожая? Ароша! Особенно много он насобирал ежевики — она была первая на нашем пути, и энтузиазма было еще через край. Причём, несмотря на то, что мы советовали Ароше часть ягод собирать прямо в рот, он упорно хотел собирать именно в коробки. Анюте, кстати, на ферме тоже понравилось. Она всё перепробовала, но особенно много сьела ежевики.

Kids.Ароша любит знакомиться со всеми на улице. Обычно он подходит к понравившимся детям и начинает спрашивать как их зовут. Естественно, по-русски. Некоторые отвечают, некоторые игнорируют, некоторые говорят грубости (“не твоё дело”). К счастью люди из второй и третьей катогории Арошу не смущают, и он продолжает быть очень общительным.

Serious business.Ароша очень много болтает и средне слушает. Когда ему звонили и поздравляли его с Днём Рождения, он не давал людям на другом конце трубки что-то особо сказать, а перебивал их и рассказывал о себе.

P.S. Мы измерили Арошин вес и рост — 41½ фунтов (19кг) и 45½ дюймов (116см).
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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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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Doctor Visit

Aroshka is turning 4 months tomorrow and today we had our monthly checkup with our doctor. Everything is going well. Aroshka measured 27 inches and weighted in at 16lb and 10oz. Per baby-center calculator that places him in 90-95% height-wise and 50-75% weight-wise.

Мы с Арошкой.And here we are just before going to the doctor. Yes, I just woke up. No, Arosha never sleeps. Kidding. He actually woke up only 3 times this night. By our standards that’s pretty darn good. )
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