I should explain the name of the blog “Little Temujin”.
Our little one is not the typical blue eyed and blond Russian kid. Actually, he has big brown eyes, long lashes and brown (seems curly) hair. He is definitely mixed but we are not sure what races. So, in absence of a true family tree, we decided that he is a distant relative to the legendary Genghis Khan whose original name was Temujin.

"Adoption is when a child grew in its mommy's heart instead of her tummy."
Author: Unknown

Friday, December 3, 2010

Growing up - Take 2

It’s been 2 months since Vanie started daycare and I have to say, it’s been the best thing we could have done for him. Yes, it’s expensive (“Kinder Care” is probably one of the most expensive ones we’ve come across so far) but they are flexible (6:30AM to 6:30PM although you can only leave your child for up to 10 hours) and they truly are professionals.
Vanie has been officially moved from the infant group to the “Two’s” group where he is the youngest one – I hope the older kids are a good influence. I am most excited about the potty training classes they have. The director told me they won’t start training him until she and I decide he is ready and let me tell you, he is not ready L!

His vocabulary has exploded over the last month and his speech is improving by the day!
“fis” has slowly turned into “fish” (fish)
“Nanie” into “Vanie” (Vanie)
“I au ah” into “I lau yah” (I love you)
“Panie” into “Pider” (Spider)
“Tolly” into “Solly” (Sorry)
“Vava” into “voda” (voda = water in Bulgarian) (needless to say that it does come out as “vodka” sometimes)
Not to mention that most of his new vocabulary is now in English and not in Bulgarian. He is also repeating pretty much everything he hears from us so we have to be really careful what we say (especially, in the car being mad at other drivers…). It’s so funny to see even my grandma who is 75 trying to say English words to him via Skype (if a great grandson isn’t a motivation to learn a new language, I don’t know what is).

Vanie has finally learned to ride his bike (our friends Stilian and Jeni gave it to him when they 1st met him) – this was a challenge for quite a while, he would go backwards but would not be able to actually ride the bike forward so I am very happy that he’s finally learned how to do it.

We are in the “sorry” phase. I make him say sorry and hug to anything and everything he throws or hits. So there’s a lot of “sorry’s flying around the house and a lot of sippycup, toys, books and Zorro hugging going on. He still can’t control some of his impulse manners but he is slowly getting there.

Pooz Zorro is under strict discipline… from Vanie, not us. We noticed that when we are strict with Vanie and say no or not to do anything, he truns around and tries to do the same to Zorro.

Daycare has accomplished another wonder – Vanie now eats fruits. Not much but he would eat a few slices of banana or apple (food he would have spit out on the spot just a few months ago).
We are sloly growing, probably the same weight but getting taller almost every month (maybe ~ ½ inch last month) – he is still small compared to some other kids but I am not worried at all.

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