We just thought we had adopted a docile, snuggly little girl! The real Mikayla loves to squirm, crawl, sprint, wrestle, and has no fear, even of loud vacuum cleaners or the sight of Uncle Chuck cleaning!
Miss Mikayla is also quite stubborn and determined. She loves to try to reach live electrical cords, and so we have been in a constant battle to keep her away from them. Her expression was priceless when she realized Cathy had moved the TV stand to block access to one of her favorite targets.
Mikayla is not easily intimidated, either. We were told by the baby house staff that Mikayla does not like loud noises, but neither the vacuum nor her brother’s screaming has made her flinch. It seems as though she has figured out Alex thinks she has cooties, because she delights in touching him and listening to him squeal. Here, Mikayla has caught Alex in a moment of regression and tries to reclaim her walker from him.
As for Alex, he has been dealing with the recent invader pretty well. Occasionally, he forgets about her cooties and will play with her, and when she is napping, he often asks where she has gone. He certainly likes it when she laughs at his clowning around. Alex seems to be taking the trip like an old pro. Like last time, he loves to eat the vegetables here; we may have to import some!
Mikayla is pretty fond of breadsticks:
Yesterday, we went up into one of the foothills south of Almaty. There is a cable car that goes to the top, where there is a small observation area. We were not brave enough to take the cable car, but instead our driver took us up most of the way. We had to walk the rest of way, but we were rewarded with cool breezes, incredible vistas, and even a cow’s eye view of the city:
Thank you to all who have been posting comments. It is great to know that so many of our family and friends are thinking of us and enjoying the site. We miss you all and are looking forward to everyone being able to see Mikayla and Alex in person!