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I am the proud mom to 6 kids: Natasha, 24, Nikolai, 20, Reese, 20, Maylee, 14, Erik, 10 and Violet, 7. The kids come from Russia, Ukraine and China; I'm so proud of my family sometimes I think I'll burst and I needed an outlet for it - so I've created this weblog. :o)
If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa

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Friday, September 4, 2009
Erik and I had a new experience this morning at snack time. I fed him some oatmeal with bigger chunks of banana than he was used to and he did great! I think he was a bit surprised at the chunks, as he's used to everything being pureed, but he did really well and didn't choke at all. That gave me the confidence to try a sippy cup afterward!! We'd tried it before but failed miserably. I was filled with a renewed sense of adventure so I got the cup out and simply started dumping it down his throat. (It wasn't as bad as all that!) The first several times he simply smiled as all of the fluid drained out of his mouth and down his shirt. Finally I got smart and showed him how to close his lips together while he swallowed, and while he didn't REALLY catch on, he started anticipating what I was going to do and happily let me help him with his lower lip! The reason I say all of this is to explain the pictures: After his snack and drink (and a big poop in his pants I didn't know about at the time...!) he was so happy!!! I played a tickle game with him and we had so much fun so I got the camera out. :o) It also explains the slobber all over his shirt!!

Mark took this one last night, I think.

Here he is in our back yard enjoying the hot and humid FL September weather while Reese plants a tree for a project for science. He doesn't seem to mind the heat...!

(Sorry!! Out of order pictures!)
Here they come!!! I was getting a bit worried at the airport, but sure enough, they arrived!!

It was a quiet reception with only our family there, but I didn't care - I was just glad that they arrived home safely!!!!! Below is our first family picture.


Amy L said...

You guys look so good, all together again!! In that one picture where Erik is holding his arm up, you can really see how tiny he is.:( I'll say it again, Praise God he is HOME!!!!

soontobemomof9 said...

He has the cutest profile!!!! I am just so happy for you and Erik! Can't believe little "simon" is home!!!! Love your family picture! Very good looking young men. :)

Christine said...

Great pictures Missy! Your boys are all so handsome!

Rich, Andrea, Reece & Owen said...

Missy, you know what a personal *victory* it is for me to see Simon/Erik HOME now. He is so blessed to have such a wonderful, patient, and experienced family to raise him. You have truly saved him and I am so proud to know you! Do join the After The Rainbow group...will be wonderful to have the support of those who have gone before you!

June Berger said...

Wow, look at you surrounded by all those good lookin' men!! What a wonderful picture!

aslpup said...

I cant get over his position in sleeping. it amazes me how they can contort their bodies! He is such a doll and looks so happy with you!

Michele said...

I just LOVE these photos, capturing so many expressions! It is good to hear how well Erik is doing. I'll be praying for his hearing test, and I'm praying for Mark to recover soon! What a beautiful family, Missy!
Michele, Adopting Morgan

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