Wednesday, January 28, 2009

evidence of transition and attachment?

Sofia likes to read the newspaper everyday now, just like her Papa. This is the page she always goes for: the funnies. The top half of the page is drawings sent in by children. She always asks about them.

A couple days ago, she copied out this list of words from the funny page. (the other words she had me write) The page is now posted on her door.

I finally knew she was attaching to me through the hand towels. It used to be that the princess towels were "Sofia's", then "Sofia and Papa's". Now they're "Sofia, Papa and Mama's".

Awhile back I wrote about her concerns about Russia - "Sofia Finland - not Russia". You can see on this map of the southern half of Finland that I drew a train leaving SPB and also our house. Sofia then scribbled out the city of St. Petersburg.

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Kim Abraham said...

Sophia sure looks like she is feeling more comfortable at home. Thanks for the photo of the map too, my world geography is not great and now I have mental picture of where you are! I hope eventually Sophia will be able to *forgive* St. Petersburg and have some appreciation for the culture of Mother Russia. [Don't know if I said that right, so I hope you know what I mean.] For now though I think it's good that she definitely prefers her new home.

Thanks for your comments on our blog. Just to clarify, Lexi is currently a duel citizen in Russia and the US. We did have to get a U.S. social security number for her - especially if we want to take advantage of the adoption tax credit this year. :0)

But the re-adoption in TN is not legally required. We are doing it simply for convenience so she will have a local birth certificate for registering for school and other things. Otherwise, her Russian birth certificate (with the translated copy) that we received after court is still valid.

Oh, and I LOVE the hand towels! I need to copy that idea for our house!

corduroygirl said...

Those are great signs. It's cute but sad that she crossed off St. Petersburg. At least she understands where home is.
Her printing is so neat! Lindsay is doing a lot of copying of words now too. (BTW, Sofia's stats are the same as Lindsay's 48 lbs and the same height.) and Lindsay will be six in a few weeks. Those stickers must be the ones you were talking about. I'm glad she liked them.

Thanks for sharing all those pics. Pepsi is really cute too. We showed our other springers. It was fun.

Kim said...

Isn't it amazing how the little things show such great progress! The towel thing is way cute!


Purplestamper said...

Hi Barb,

I really enjoyed the post about the signs of attachment. I love that the three of you all can use the princess towels. Love her hair it looks so cute. Smiles and keep up the great work. She has come so far already.

tammy said...

do you sew those loops on the towels yourself? they look very convenient. i need some of those on my towels. it is cute that you and your husband also use princess towels.

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St. Petersburg

Saint Petersburg: Sankt-Peterburg, Russian pronunciation: is a city and a federal subject of Russia located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. The city's other names were Petrograd (1914–1924) and Leningrad (1924–1991). Founded by Tsar Peter I of Russia on 27 May, 1703, it was the capital of the Russian Empire for more than two hundred years (1713–1728, 1732–1918). Saint Petersburg is home to more than two hundred museums, many of them hosted in historic buildings. The largest of the museums is the Hermitage Museum, featuring interiors of the former imperial residence and a vast collection of art. Celebrating the 300th anniversary of its foundation, Saint Petersburg was selected as the main motif in a recent Finnish commemorative coin, the €10 Mannerheim and Saint Petersburg commemorative coin, minted in 2003. The reverse of the coin features a view of Saint Petersburg, with the Peter and Paul Fortress and its three turrets. In the coin the words "St. Petersburg 1703-2003" can be seen.