30 Dec

We are doing well here for the most part!  We have an appointment with an international adoption doctor at Riley Hospital for January 21st.  Back in November when I called that was the earliest appointment I could get for Colin.  We have decided to have him seen by a pediatrician nearby to double check a few things.  He is not acting like he is sick, mind you, but it will give us more peace to make sure he doesn’t have an ear infection and a few other things.  We also think he may have had a reaction to tuna fish last night.  He seemed to have bad gas/abdominal pain.  He is trying many new foods which can sometimes be trying for us 🙂  We know we have to offer him new foods several times over the course of a week or more so we don’t expect him to instantly love every food he tries.  It can sometimes be stressful if he turns down several different dishes at a single meal.

He loves his time outside.  We don’t have a swing set so his time outside is mostly spent walking through our neighborhood and exploring.  We are introducing him to dogs to help get him prepared for the return of our sweet doggie.  We think he is saying an abbreviated version of the Russian word for dog when he sees dogs, looks for them, and enjoys his dog book.  We are working on learning how to be gentle.  He likes to play rough.  Tonight, for example, he threw a book at Alan and it hit him in the eye.  It is hard to communicate to him that it is not appropriate to hit and throw when he is just learning English.  We think we are going to have to use the Russian words to help reinforce this. 

Colin is a child of many faces!  He makes the funniest little faces.  He can also be so sweet when he says “Papa” and when he gently strokes my arm. 

Please pray for him to trust us more and more .  Pray for his health and well-being as he continues to adjust to his new life with his Mama and Papa.IMG_0773Here’s a photo from our first visit with Colin back in July.

Thanks for stopping by,



4 Responses to “Homelife”

  1. Monica December 30, 2008 at 10:14 pm #

    We brought our 2.5 yo boy home in October and even though he only spoke 5 words in Russian he responded to me so much better when I would use Russian words. I made a sheet with all the words that I wanted to you and made copies and put them everywhere. I would say the Russian word and then follow it up with the english word. It worked so well and by 3 weeks home I did not use the Russian anymore. Blessings to your wonderful family.

  2. Amanda McCaleb December 31, 2008 at 1:52 pm #

    I have a friend from Costa Rica who lived in the States for a number of years. He frequently had stomach problems as our diet is so different and perhaps bacteria as well. We don’t think of people getting sick from our food, but that is the case, at least some times. It might be easier for him to not try too many new things in a week. Maybe just a couple. I remember reading baby books, and granted Colin is considerably older than that, but usually you wouldn’t introduce more than a couple of things at once to let the body adjust.

    Just a thought.

  3. Susan Banchero December 31, 2008 at 2:07 pm #

    So glad you guys made it home safely! It’s okay to only introduce a few new foods at a time. We only fed Dasha oatmeal, yogurt, and bananas for a while (along with her toddler Flintstone vitamin) and introduced a few new foods slowly.
    Dasha also was very rough (still is a lot of the time). We got her familiar with the word “gentle” very quickly. Hang in there, the first few months can be tough as you all adjust! We are still adjusting and we are getting ready to do our one-year postplacement!
    Blessings, Susan

  4. Marcia December 31, 2008 at 6:20 pm #

    So glad you are getting advice from those who’ve experienced this. I can only pass along what Alta told me… put it in front of them – either they’ll eat it or they won’t. Don’t make a big deal about it. I suppose that works no matter what the circumstances.

    And the pediatrician always said that kids binge. They eat a lot of this for a week and then a lot of that. It rounds out.

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