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Gotcha Day Anniversary Celebration

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Although we officially became parents on January 21st, 2008, today marks our first anniversary as (hands-on) parents.   February 1st was Liam’s "Gotcha Day" — the day he left the baby home in Podolsk and became our son forever.   That was an emotion-filled day for all of us as we started off our new lives together.

While his actual birthday is still several weeks off, this is, in many ways, a birthday of sorts.   A year ago today, Liam was "born" into our family.   And here he is today, ready to dig into his "Gotcha Day" cupcakes!

Liam's Gotcha Day 2009 cupcakes photo

Rob & I feel as though we got Liam at just the right time — he was just starting to make that subtle transition from infant to toddler.   So, while we weren’t there for some of the baby milestones, like taking first steps, cutting new teeth, or going from bottle to solid food, we’ve been fortunate enough to be here for so many of the others.   He hadn’t started speaking any Russian words yet, so the transition to English was very easy for him.   We were concerned about if/how we’d communicate with him so we had purchased a baby sign language book and been studying some of the basic signs.   Liam quickly picked up on a few of the signs (food related) while we were in Moscow and even now, every once in awhile he’ll still sign "more" while saying it when eating.

And a special "Happy Gotcha Day!" shout goes out to Anna, who joined Chris & Teresa’s family just 3 days after Liam joined ours, and all of the others we met in Moscow.   Rob & I hope all of your anniversaries are just as special!
 

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The First, First Anniversary

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

On this date, one year ago, we met Liam for the first time.   This year has really flown by.   It seems like only yesterday we were sitting in the MOE office in Moscow anxious to hear about our referral.

We nervously sat across the table from the MOE agent staring at an upside down file folder trying to get a glimpse of the only photo they had of him.   When she finally turned the photo around for us to look at, we understood why our agency had warned us to pay no attention to the photo because they were always bad.   The photo was indeed bad and it looked like they had snapped a bright flash in his eyes while he was sleeping (see photo below).   He was also about a year younger in the database photo so we really had no idea what he’d actually look like.

Liam's Russian Ministry of Education Referral photo


We left there, rode for over an hour to Podolsk, and waited nervously in an office at the baby home there for the caretakers to bring him in.   They told us they were waking him up from his nap so we expected a cranky, screaming child.   To our surprise, a kind older lady walked in with the most adorable, happy child that we immediately fell in love with — and that was that.

Rob, Dede, and Liam - December 2007


Fast forward one year and here we are with our happy, healthy, adorable son.   We feel so blessed to have been chosen to be his parents.

Rob, Dede, and Liam - December 2008


I thought you might like to see a photo from each month of the past year to see how our son has grown in oh so many ways!

Liam in January 2008   Liam in February 2008   Liam in March 2008

Liam in April 2008   Liam in May 2008   Liam in June 2008

Liam in July 2008   Liam in August 2008   Liam in September 2008

Liam in October 2008   Liam in November 2008   Liam in December 2008

 

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Potty Award

Monday, July 21, 2008

I guess it’s getting to be potty training time for quite a few of us in bloggerland.   I read recently that Iliya and Andrei have had a few celebrations.  Now it seems Liam has joined the ranks!

We have tried to encourage him for the past few months to sit on his potty but he really had no interest so we didn’t push it.   Recently he’s become more open to the idea and last week he received an official potty award (shown below) from his learning center.

Liam's potty award

This past weekend, he used the potty about 5 times at home.   I figure we still have a long way to go before he completely gets it but for now we’re just so proud of our little guy for his efforts!
 

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