Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Kostanai by ne_marks - June 2007

Originally uploaded by ne_markes
We miss beautiful, friendly Kostanai, and Morgan's caregivers at Delphin and especially auntie Zhanat in Kostanai.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Happy First Father's Day

Originally uploaded by Robertson Adams

Sunday, June 10, 2007


This week, Morgan breezed through her first taste of the International Baccalaureate track (just kidding) at Riviera Child Care Center. Each day opened with emotional drama -- but by Friday, she had adjusted. Caregiver Millie reported that Morgan clapped her hands, smiled during a piano number, ate all her fish sticks and played with both Eric and Caitlin.

Morgan hadn't been crawling a lot, but after her first day at school she came home and was slithering all around our tiled living room. We think she's learning from her classmates. So, Saturday Mom took her up to the mall at Sawgrass and got her some long-pants outfits so she'd be better prepared for torso-locomotion.

Today (Sunday) we went to Sage and Jae's house for a pool party and BBQ, which was incredible fun for Morgan. She had a blast in the pool and loved watching the other children play with brightly colored float toys. In the pool, we also played with Jordan and Angelina and Liam and Kai. By the way Cris and Claire make great burgers and their South Miami house is awesome. Stay tuned, there may be some great photos to come from this party when pro photographer Sarah Preston e-mails them to me.

It was also incredible fun for daddy, who remembered playing in various pools with his own father by using posh hotels, the Granada Country Club, and the Venetian Pool as if they were our backyard (until we got a cool pool of our own.)

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Pre Pre Pre School

Tomorrow Morgan will start daycare at Riviera Child Care Center, and we've heard nothing but praise for infant caregiver May and her profesional team of baby ticklers.

Morgan clocked in at the doctor's at 21 pounds -- for the third month in a row. She has tried and failed three times to get a urinalysis going because the sticky plastic thingy just won't work on her, but the three stool samples Daddy had to collect left his head spinning. Still need an MRI, X-rays, blood tests, and more bologna than you could find in an elementary school lunch room.

Morgan sometimes won't open her mouth when we try to feed her now - she is asserting her detachment according to the books. She won't sleep on command either, which led to kvetching in the household until a book recommended by Uncle Doug helped Mommy win, and Daddy now lets Morgan scream and turn purple before he picks her up.

There are so many kids under five in the Riviera Church youth group - Dillan, Dustin, Kai, Liam, John, James, Aidan, Jae and Jakk (plus Morgan) - that Daddy is pretty sure he's going to need a larger vehicle to help get them all camping in 10 years.

And here's a BIG shout out to Nicholas Wolfe, who turned 1 yesterday. He's the brainy hunk with whom Morgan spent the first 8 months of her life sharing a crib, and smart money says they won't make it difficult to reunite frequently. Welcome to Boston, dude, be sure you try the microbrew beer someday, even if it really was better back in Kostanai. (Hi to Flo for helping sobbing Nan on the plane!)