Kazakh Journey

29 May 2005

Emerging Mikayla

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!


  • At 29 May, 2005 01:42, Anonymous Nina said…

    It's hilarious to hear about the metamorphosis of Miss Mikayla! The photos and stories of her and Alex are great. I've spent time today re-babyproofing our house. I also re-worked their closet into "his" and "her" toy areas. Now I wonder how long that will last! We miss you all a lot and are counting the days.

  • At 29 May, 2005 02:37, Anonymous Karen, Daryl, and Raegan said…

    I can't get over how beautiful it is there! Alex is growing like a weed! I miss you all! Hi Nina!

  • At 29 May, 2005 02:48, Anonymous Cathy said…

    Hey you guys, I'm on your time! Well, sort of. I fell asleep at 9:00 and woke up a little while ago and thought I would check in here. And by the way, Mikayla has given up her 2 nightly feedings. She slept from 8:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. the night before last and so far so good tonight. Of course, in order to accomplish, I made her cry some a few nights ago, but she went right back to sleep. I'm sure she is happier too. And yes, to babyproofing! I just thought I would have a little more time. Bye for now. We love you all.

  • At 29 May, 2005 05:32, Anonymous Suzanne and Dick said…

    Hello to you five: We love your photos and comments. All of our friends are fascinated with what you are doing.
    We are so eager to see all of you in person. Will look forward to seeing you hopefully in July some time.
    Have a great trip back. Love,
    Dick and Suzanne

  • At 02 June, 2005 02:41, Anonymous Jane said…

    What a beautiful family!! Enjoy your wonderful time in Mikayla and Alex's homeland.

  • At 03 June, 2005 09:47, Anonymous Rose said…

    Oh my gosh she's so cute!

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