Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Last Night in St. Pete's (for now)

It's Defender of the Fatherland Day in Russia - a holiday. It marks the day in 1918 during the Russian Civial War, when the Red Army had it's first major draft. I seriously would like to read a really good book on Russian history. (Next stop: Amazon) Even though it was "Defender's Day", we still got to visit. Yea!

Another fabulous day with the Soup Master. He's seriously such a good, calm boy. One of the calmest babies I have ever seen. (Everyone, quick, drop what you're doing and please knock on wood for me - that was a serious jinx move I just pulled) I think he's cutting some teeth - from evidence of the teeth just poking through in his mouth in the back and sides, and the runny nose occasionally. Today he seemed a little sleepy. But instead of showing the sleepy side in cranky, whiny baby-hood, he was really cuddley and lovey. He rested his head on my shoulder and sucked his thumb. And... to be EVEN MORE CUTE, when he sucks his thumb, he rubs his nose with his fingers. So beyond precious.

They have had him the same outfit all 3 days, I know - totally shocking, right? It's a 6 to 9 months, but it's a little small. I suspect he's in 9 months or 12 months. So that's my shopping plan. The challenge may be a winter coat. Even though there is still snow on the ground at home, most of the stores have moved into bathing suits already. Even the clearance is well picked over. But... I love a challenge!

We said good-bye for now and while it was bittersweet, I really wasn't sad. It's time to get busy at home. I am NOT ready for him. I have MUCH to do. This time around, the bedroom was put on hold. During Tatiana's adoption, EVERYTHING was done before she came home. And I mean everything. Some of my friends will witness this as they received BOXES of boy clothes (hand me overs -- not downs, really). With nothing to do between trips #1 and #2, I was restless (translation = CRAZY). It was hard staring into that empty room. It needed a little one. This time around, I have made minor preparations. However, it seemed like everything I did jinxed the road to "Soup". When I received referral #1, I bought a car seat during a super sale. Rhonda now refers to it as the "Cursed Car Seat". Well, now we can call it the "Formerly Cursed Car Seat", cause it's here to stay! The office needs to move to the basement (ooooohhhh Jenni.... I have a project for you!) and the office needs to turn into a bedroom (here's where you come in Tina... I need a couple more custom canvases. Think blocks.). And SHOPPING. Yes, we'll be busy. 4 to 6 weeks will FLY by.

After we left baby home #6 today we convinced Nadia to take us shopping. She took us to a Department Store that also has Russian souveniers on the main floor. We scored some great finds but alas, no updated Russian dresses (sorry Tamara, next time!). When we got home we wandered out again on the icy streets to a local store and restaurant. Exciting last night, haha!

Tomorrow we head home and we'll arrive before most of you are home from work! Paka from Russia.


jules said...

Let me know if you need, ANYTHING!!
So excited to meet your little boy. So happy for you and Tatiana!
Julie, your neighbor

Gloria said...

Happy that your last visit was good! Super excited about the 4 - 6 week wait. That is so much better than last time! Travel safe!

Tracey and Chuck said...

Great to hear that your last visit with the little guy went well. Safe travels home and like Gloria said 4-6 weeks....that is wonderful and will definately fly by!

Heather said...

I love to hear how sweet little brother is!!

Sally...4 boys + 1 princess.. said...

wow 4-6 weeks, we waited 9 weeks. Glad to hear everything went well. Travel safe!

Yvonne said...

Hey, if you want... I have an 12-18 month snowsuit... complete with the little mittens and booties connected.... I actually never used it. You are welcome to it... it is light blue, then aI think a cream band then navy from the mid-chest down (it may even be a two piece). Plus I have an Osh'kosh yellow winter jacket with a liner in that size range... Up to you, let me know if you are interested... probably won't need winter gear once he is home... well lets hope the weather here warms up quick so he doesn't need it!!! ACH!!!

Pam said...

So happy for you! Can't believe only 4-6 weeks between trips! That's awesome. Safe travels home.

Stacy, Pat and Aidan said...

Winter coat. . .try LL Bean. They almsot always have something in stock that will be a good buy, too.
Safe travels home!

Frederick,Mackenzie,Noah,Hope said...

With 2+ kids-there's always something to do..its going to be so amazing! GodBless xox