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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Teething Hurts

Day 15

Our babycake was miserable today. He didn't want to play with his toys. He didn't want to stand on Mama. He didn't want to smile at Daddy. You could just tell that his little gums were throbbing. All he wanted was to chew on his teething keys and to be cuddled. Every once and a while he would let out the most pathetic little whine.
So we cuddled and rocked. And rocked and cuddled.

By the end of our visit he had perked up a little. While Makhabbat updated us on the progress of our paperwork with the court, he finally felt up to smiling a bit. It was reassuring to see him feeling better. I had never seen him so unhappy and I was worried about my little bug.
Meanwhile back at the ranch, Calvin has been charming the local women. He has two of the clerks at the local Viola market wrapped around his little finger. Everyday when he and mom head to the market, he marches straight up to the candy counter and chats with Zena and Ula. Ula (on the left) runs the cereal and grain counter, while Zena (on the right) runs the candy and alcohol counter. Every day Calvin marches right up to Zena and in his best Russian requests "Ajin tic-tac pajalooista" (one carton of tic tacs please). Although they always ignore this request, Calvin doesn't seem to mind and generally starts prattling away to them about anything and everything. Today he told them all about chasing the pigeons at the war memorial. They don't speak any English, but they think he is a doll so they happily nod along.

It's pretty cute. Today, Zena even scooped him up for a kiss.

That's it for now. I'll try to think of something exciting tomorrow.




Karen said...

Hi Becca,
Have you met any other families adopting and are you staying a cottage with other Worlld partner families? I'm also curious what your apartment is like. Would it be possible to take pitures?

Are Calvin and your mother staying back each day while you visit with Garrett? is it possible to take him with you to the baby house or isn't it allowed?

Thanks so much for answering our questions and including us in your journey.

Take care,

Nicole Faraclas said...

Awww...I love Garrett's little "grape" cap, so sorry he's not the happiest of bugs at the moment. Calvin is the cutest. I love the fact he's got the sales women wrapped around his finger--he's a charmer that one! Much love to you all.

Patrice said...

Hi Rebecca,

I'm sorry to hear that dear Garrett was having a down day due to teething pain. That's no fun at all. I hope that he is feeling better today.

Glad to hear that Calvin's sniffles have gone away. He is such a hoot! I loved the pictures of him at the store. He is truely Mr. Personality!

We continue to hang on your every word and picture.

Love all of you a ton,
Aunt Patrice

Kristen said...

Viola!! The girls there were always so nice. I swear there was one that always flirted with my husband. It was actually kind of cute. Almost a breath of fresh air to see some smiling faces...everyone else was so stern. That's the culture for you!


Kristen said...

Viola!! The girls there were always so nice. I swear there was one that flirted with my husband. It was actually kind of cute. It was a breath of fresh air to see smiling faces. Everyone else is so stern. That's the culture for you!


Sam, Ryan and Gabby said...

Poor little pie, teething is the worst! Gabby is teething really bad right now too, but I do agree that the snuggles that come with the teething are the best part of it. I am not surprised to see that Calvin has charmed the ladies at the store, he is just too cute. It looks like he is enjoying his daily Kaz routine.

We miss you guys and can't wait for you to come home soon! It's beautiful spring weather here and everything is in full bloom.
Sam, Ryan & Gabby

Anonymous said...

Love the nick name - Little grapes (or is it singular??) Love the little purple hat too!!!! (punctuation added for Calvin).

Dear Calvin - I do not love fish sticks! But I do love M&Ms!!

Keep the wonderful notes coming... waiting anxiously for tomorrow's update.