internet marketing The Big Sis Diaries: February 2008

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Do you think we have enough craziness for one family?

I take that back. Do you think we have MORE than enough craziness for one family?!

If we ever add more children to the family, I don't see how they could possibly compete with this one.

Sasha was an absolute riot when our social worker came for another post-placement visit last Tuesday; more on that later!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Ellis Island

While you're taking pictures of magnificent foliage, you might want to snap a shot of my lovely popcorn-filled mouth.

Two Ethiopian languages, English, Norwegian...might as well learn Dutch, Spanish, and Yiddish too. (As for myself, do you think there's any chance my AP Government exam in May will ask the origins of the word "filibuster" as extra credit??)

Look mom, no jacket! (Though unfortunately, the unheard-of 55 degree weather that day was only a tease of spring.)

Hmmm...admire the pretty view of NYC, or steal my mom's makeup to maintain my youthful glow? (Given the fact that I took two pictures of her doing this, it looks like she won me over on this one.)

Friday, February 15, 2008

Here's the Video! (SEE POST BELOW)

Running with Scissors...and More Gushing about Sasha

Actually, with Sasha, we really don't need to be concerned about that. At barely two years old, she can hold scissors correctly and cut perfectly, as demonstrated by the following video. How smart is this little thing? Maybe it's just me, but I find that pretty impressive.

Oh, just a note on the word little: the doctor noted today that Sasha is now in the 75th percentile for height and 50th percentile for weight. At the time of our referral, she was below the charts in both categories. I think I see a model in the making...
Okay, I admit the following will sound like bragging on my part, but since I'm not genetically related to her, I feel almost as if that gives me a right to go on and on about how perfect my sister is.
Of course, Sasha has grown tremendously since her homecoming. In fact, I almost find it frustrating because there is no way I can explain it all here. She's obviously an absolutely adorable child, and strikingly pretty (although my dumb camera can never capture the perfect picture!) She has this charm though. I can't explain it. She's the most social child I think I've ever seen, and is so aware of her surroundings and other people. She knows exactly what you're feeling all the time. Yesterday, I was frustrated because I couldn't get a good picture, and she immediately stopped cutting and came over to give me a hug. She has this instinct to pick up the most minute facial expressions and personal actions and this is heightened by her amazing memory. One time, Carsten got a slightly pained look on his face when he was having his temperature taken, so Sasha makes that face whenever the thermometer comes out.
Sasha's acute memory became very clear when we went to Michigan last month for my grandfather's funeral. In my grandparents' appartment, my grandfather had had a room to himself where he had to stay at all times. Sasha would go visit him in there and play little games in the only ways my grandfather still could, like Peekaboo. When we walked into the appartment this past January, Sasha headed straight for his room and, finding it empty, asked in confusion, "Where'd he go?" After we distracted her, we thought she had forgotten about it, but she did the same thing the next day; it's almost like she had decided in her mind that he'd be gone for the day but would of course be there the next day.
Today, I overheard Sasha saying to her baby doll, "Wanna-go-see Papa?" in this really tender voice, just like my mom says to Sasha when they go to see him in another part of the house. When Sasha and her baby walked into the office, she chirped "Papa!" and demanded that he kiss her doll.
She also, I think, has more than just a touch of undiagnosed OCD. In the doctor's office today, when my mom said it was time to go, Sasha said, "Okay, okay" but refused to leave until everything she had played with in the waiting room was in order. Even the little subscription card that fell out of a magazine had to go back between the exact pages it had been in before. I find this incredible that she's already like this at not even 25 months old, but I do recall that the nannies at the care center reported her to be the exact same way at only 16 months of age.
Lastly, I wanted to mention that Sasha met another little Ethiopian-adopted girl this past Tuesday. Both our mom and the little girl's mom met for coffee at a local shop, and Sasha had a ton of fun interacting with this other girl. The other girl is about eight months older than Sasha, and came home this past December. Sasha, as always, was the one to initiate the play; it's so instinctive for her to take the lead in everything. This, in combination with the fact that she's soooo hyper-organized, should make her a very powerful businesswoman; but then again, her height and exotic beauty would also transform her into a supermodel!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Proving Once and For All That Toddlers Have a Much Greater Vocabulary Than We Give Them Credit For

First, I have to give a brief background on why I asked Sasha that question in the video, before anyone thinks I have no better way to cure boredom than to ask young children what kinds of non-human creatures they are:

I take a course called Child Development in school, in which I get to work with the kids who attend my high school's pre-school. Part of the curriculum of the class is to develop a curriculum for the children. I have a friend in another class who was telling me how she had to develop an aquatic-themed program, including learning stations on the different sea life animals, etc. I told her that I highly doubted three-and-four-year-olds had the slightest idea what "aquatic" meant, but as you can see, the above video proved me wrong. I mean, Sasha obviously has her home in the sea- see her shiny scales?

(It's also very clear, though, that Sasha wanted us to make no mistake about the fact she was getting very tired of this question.)

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Look Who's Feeling Better?

Overall, the surgery went extremely successfully. Sasha was a little trooper, and as always, everyone in the hospital was absolutely smitten with her. According to my mom, she wanted to do everything herself, including all the tasks the nurse was supposed to perform on her. In fact, she was the one to notice one of the leads had fallen off during a test, and promptly let the nurse know.

Although she wasn't the happiest of clams once the anesthetic wore off, she's absolutely, 100% her same, crazy self now. She's definetely happy to be home, though- she screamed, "SU-NANA!" when I came home from school today, and she almost started hyperventalating when Kristian walked through the door a few hours later. On the whole, things really couldn't have gone more smoothly- but we're all so glad to have our healthy baby home!

Monday, February 04, 2008

Superbowl Recap & Sasha's Surgery

As MA natives (well, actually, no one in my family is, but we lived there for ten years), we're pretty avid Patriots fans. Here in CT, our town is almost equally divided between the Pats and the Giants, so it made for some interesting Superbowl hype.

Needless to say, we were all tearing our hair out at the end of the game (although admittedly, I don't understand football, as many times as I ask my dad to explain it to me.) My dad and Kristian were especially depressed. Sasha, however, was completely ecstatic. I SO wish I had taken a video- seeing her react to the end of the game was absolutely the most hilarious thing I've ever seen. Responding to the cheers of people in the stands, she began to run across the room and back incessantly, only stopping to dance and spin in a circle. She started clapping and screaming "YAY!!!!" over and over- this lasted for a good fifteen or twenty minutes. The fact that there were commercials made it even funnier though. At the breaks, Sasha would stop and patiently watch the TV, only to resume her passionate enthusiasm when the football came back on. All the while, my brothers and dad were sulking, and Kristian was close to tears. We, of course, had no idea what a huge Giants fan Sasha was until now, but then again, what would make her want to support the Pats? Unlike the rest of us, Sasha has never even been to Massachusetts.

On a different note, I just wanted to mention that Sasha needs to have heart surgery this week for a heart murmur. There is nothing to be concerned about at this point, but please keep her in your thoughts as we hope for a seamless recovery.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Second "Sweet Dreams" project a success!

You can read about it here .

Chicago Bears Player Adopts from Ethiopia

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