Sunday, March 27, 2011

Our Virtual twins and language development

I have been doing some interesting research on Virtual twins. Virtual twins is defined by psychologists as 2 children who have no genetic connection, who are less then 9 months apart, and grow up in the same family from a young age.By that definition are little Russians are virtual twins.Psychologists have done a number of studies to see how environment vs genetics plays out.From what I have noticed is that virtual twins is much like rearing fraternal twins. I have noticed some interesting twin like behaviors in our munchkins. What I find interesting is they have only known each other for a little over 4 months and yet they appear to have a very deep connection to one another and have some very classic twin behaviors.It will certainly be interesting to see their relationship in a few years.Would love to hear from any ones experiences with virtual twins.
On the subject of language development, it has been fascinating to see both Brock and Milana switch their primary language so quickly.Four months ago they only spoke Russian words to one another but understood a lot that was spoken to them in Russian and now they will only use English and Swiss words . They are now putting 3 to 4 words together.It is often a combination of both English and Swiss words but, it is so interesting that they do not use Russian words to speak even though still understand it. We have a couple people we know who speak to them often only in Russian and they clearly still understand it by their actions.Just interesting to see how many changes can take place in such a short amount of time.
They are certainly keeping us busy but we would not have it any other way !

Friday, March 25, 2011

The things we share

One of the things I feel very strongly about is to document our lives through pictures,journals,letters,life books,blogs or any other way we can.I so appreciate those who wrote about my life before I came to the US. What I cherish now is that my adopted children and I share more then one may think. We do not share genetics but, we share some history. One of those things I have been trying to do is document as much as possible about the lives of adopted children in their life books.They each have a their own story before they entered our lives and hope that some day their families will appreciate it too.The top picture is of myself and brother 40 years ago in Warsaw Poland. The bottom pic is the day before we left Russia to come home with our children.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Temple Day

This past weekend we had the great blessing of having our little adopted children Milana and Brock sealed to our family for time and all eternity. We had the sealing at the Los Angeles Mormon Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.It was a wonderful day to be surrounded by family and friends who have supported us through our adoption journey. We are so grateful for the blessings of the temple and know we can be together forever.It was a beautiful day despite the cold 40 something degree weather that we had here in Southern California last weekend. I know we are so spoiled in that regard. We are so happy our little ones are now forever ours !