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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)
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Thursday, January 28, 2010
Well, my little baby's all grown up and institutionalized in America, now! He started school today!! It took quite some time for him to start because of the surgery for his tubes, getting assessments done, etc. but he finally started!! He was ready emotionally and really needed more stimulation than we were able to give him at home, which was very little, I'm afraid...

Anyway, with every kid on their first day of school, I get their picture by whatever car we have at the time. Erik was very fussy this morning because he didn't get his usual big breakfast (because I knew they'd feed him breakfast at school) and he was mad! He got a big banana but to Erik, that is nothing. So here he is, still ticked that he didn't get stuffed at breakfast!!

He did much better once the car ride began (he'll start the bus tomorrow afternoon) and perked right up with this new adventure (what happened to vegetating in front of Sesame Street most of the morning...??). We got to the school but I parked in the furthest-most place from his room that I could. When we found it finally, they were at breakfast so we went to the office so I could turn in his paperwork:

By this time, he'd walked further than I think he's ever walked in one stretch in his life and he was getting tired! An office person helped me carry him (I was loaded down already with stuff) to the cafeteria where we found out the class had already gone back to the classroom and FINALLY found them!! (What a wild goose chase we'd had!)

He met his teachers (teacher and aide) and let him look around before the teacher and I headed back to the cafeteria so he could get some food for breakfast.

(meeting his teacher, Mrs. Flonnery)

(The aide helped him find the stuffed animals, which are second in line to food in order of priority for him!)

(Eating his grits - FINALLY!! FOOOOOOD!!)
Time for Mom to let the teachers be teachers now and to get out of the way!! Off to work I went!

Could it have been 10 full minutes after he got home that he konked out?? Bless his heart!! According to his teachers he had a GREAT day!!!
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Milena said...

Sweet little boy! I'm so glad that he had a pleasant day in school!

- I'm blogging for Nadya; to help her find a family -

Amy L said...

How sweet!! I just love seeing Erik, reminds m so much of Jimmy when he was little!:)
Will he be riding the bus? My boys love the bus.:)

NDMom said...

Yay, Erik! So happy your first day was a big success...He must have had fun seeing him knocked out like that! Way to go, Erik!

Proud Gram said...

What a big boy Erik!! Can't wait to see how he does with the bus ride!! He's growing up so fast already!! He did good and I'm proud of my little g'son!!

Jenny said...

Awwwww :) I loved reading what you wrote. It feels so exciting seeing him now and remembering him as a child waiting in Ukraine (remember the worries) to now he is in school. I Love it! A dream come true for so many of us but especially you! Go Erik!!

Lyndi said...

So glad his first day went so well! He's such a sweety, I know the teachers LOVED him!

June Berger said...

Oh my gosh, he's such a little doll! I'm so glad he had a good day! He is such a wonderful little guy.

Shea said...

He looks so cute! I am so glad he had a good day!!!

Laura said...

I'm excited to hear all about his school adventures!!! Lots of love to all of you!

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