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How are the new parents doing?

Posted by Helen on March 28, 2010 at 2:55 PM

March 26, 2010

So, how’ s goin as new parents?


Well, it all started off when my wonderful sister and brother in law (Marion and Don) greeted us at the Toronto airport and had our own car parked in the terminal. Oscar was greeted with a Canadian Teddy Bear. This was a God sent; as we were feeling completely jet lagged and overwhelmed by being away from home for so long. Oscar was in great spirits when we hit Toronto (this wasn’t the case from Kiev to Frankfurt)! It was like he knew he was home and no matter how life started out for him, he was about to embark in a great life with his new family.


We arrived at our home in the ‘Beach’ and were first greeted with our X-mas or St. Patty’s green lites (hey it was just St.Patty’s day!). As we entered the house, it was beautifully decorated with an Easter theme with flowers, stuffed bunnies, chocolate bunnies, easter eggs and of course, a baby La La and stroller at the front door. We entered Oscar’s bedroom and it again was beautifully decorated with a Winnie the Pooh theme and a huge Teddy Bear in the corner and welcome home gifts. Oscar entered his bedroom, he leaned against his bed, and knew for the first time this would be his own room, toys, clothes and bed. He slept soundly throughout the nite. Dave and I laid next to him, with tears streaming down my face, as I felt the overwhelming feeling of love, family and finally being home.


It’s now Friday nite and we’re not out on the town, but pooling our efforts into putting our new drill sergeant into to bed in a timely fashion. Dave’s giving him a boisterous bath, that will materialize to a lengthened bedtime routine of the 3Bs (books, bath & books-thanks Nance for the advice). We’ve realized Oscar’s an expert kid and has the ability to derail us from structure and routine. Lovingly, we gladly accept this new challenge by looking at time management, flexibility and patience as useful tools. This world of parenthood is a whole new territory of both bliss and frustration (the bliss out weighing the frustrating ofcourse!). We’ve never felt so great with such lack of sleep.


We’re learning from each others routines, habits and expectations. Yes, we’ve made mistakes (and will make many more) along the way, but we’re learning to trust and love and forgive each other more and more. I guess that what having a family all is about!

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Reply john kelley
9:36 PM on March 29, 2010 
I am so happy for you. This is a tremendous experience for which you will cherish even that much more ... for a lifetime. Thanks for sharing you thougths, feeling trials and tribulations over the last months. I can't even imagine the mental anguish you have endured. And now you get to enjoy that everyday is now the first day of your lives together!!! it will only get better!
Reply Beth
9:43 PM on March 29, 2010 
Hey you 3!
wow, so wonderful! you take me back 3yrs... we still share a bed some nights. oh well, she is only 4!

love and a big hug,
Reply Wendy Peter and Kate
11:54 AM on March 30, 2010 
Hello from Sumy. We are so pleased to hear that Oscar is feeling right at home. We can't wait to see you in our home and native land. Kate loves her La La . We are looking forward to learning from all of your adjustment experiences. We miss you guys. Love from the Canadians attempting to break your length of stay in the Ukraine record.
Reply Dianne
3:56 PM on April 4, 2010 
Welcome home. Glad to hear Oscar is finally on Canadian soil. Now your real adventures of parenthood begins. When everything settles down we will have your new family over for dinner. You will have to let me know what Oscar's favorite food is. Oscar's home coming sounds awesome.
Reply sindy romany
8:09 PM on April 7, 2010 
Welcome back!!!! We can't wait to meet Oscar, now the very tiring but wonderful journey begins, enjoy every minute of it.
Reply Dawn
1:10 PM on April 9, 2010 
All I can say is YAYYYY! Sitting reading and my kids think Im crazy because I have tears running down my cheeks lol. We are so happy for you guys oxoxox from the Aebigs