Nikolai is very outgoing and wants to greet everyone – even perfect strangers. He will actually head towards anyone in the town house complex who happens to be outside, waving and saying “hi” the whole time. In speaking with my friend at work, she says her son is the same way, so we realize this is not necessarily a sign of attachment issues, but as an adoptive parent you always are overly attentive to any potential issues. July 29 was our 14th wedding anniversary. We went out to dinner with my parents and Nikolai. We chose a Japanese steak house because we figured the entertainment factor would occupy Nik and allow us to enjoy our meal longer. He loves new things and is rarely frightened by things (e.g., he actually clapped and cheered the first time I used the blender). But apparently fire is SCARY. The first time the chef started one of the big fires, Nikolai literally leapt into my arms. He spent most of the rest of the meal with his head buried in my shoulder. While it was not the relaxing meal we envisioned and we hate to scare him it was nice to see that he sought us for comfort.
He has moved up from the "wobbler" room to the toddler room at daycare. And has learned some new words, including:
I think he is becoming a toddler.
He found a new favorite instrument he can play by himself!