Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Family

Well, it's been a good albeit difficult week. Dylan is adjusting well. Alexandra...not so much. Of course her adjustment has been hampered by not seeing us for 10 days and then not getting exclusive Mommy time when she did. And then there's the stress of seeing her toys being played with by someone else (we're still working on the sharing thing). She's also been tired, and I think a little sick. I think this because I think I got the cold she had(has). We shared a waterbottle (Daddy Sippy) on Monday. **Rule 1 of Training: Never share the water bottle! **
I violated rule #1 and am now paying the price.

Leanna has clearly had it the worst. I wish there was more I could do, but at times it doesn't seem possible. Dylan wants Mommy. Alexandra wants Mommy. Daddy is not Mommy. Actually Dylan, who didn't immediately attach to me, is becoming far more comfortable with me, and as a result I am bonding with him. How can you not love a little boy who turns his head in the stroller to check out a passing hot blond (This is not a fabrication. There were witnesses.), or likes chill'n in the sofa watching football. He is all boy. Oh yes, he sleeps and eats really well too.

I have gotten some training in, but I'll write about that in a different post.

Friday, August 24, 2007

We are DONE!

See you tomorrow Alexandra!

Love,

Your Brother Dylan

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Ready to head home

I'm ready. Actually I've been ready for a while. On Monday was the "great tease." We were given the false hope that we might be able to have our US Embassy appointment on Wednesday, meaning a Friday departure would be possible. Needless to say we were excited. Well that rumor was crushed the following day. No Saturday is travel day. That means two more days here and then the long trip across the globe.

Today is the Embassy visit to pickup Dylan's entry visa to the US and his "sealed packet". We are to carry this packet, unopened, to the US where an immigration officer will open it and make Dylan a citizen.

Tomorrow is a "Dad's only" trip to another "Registry." God only knows what I'm registering for this time.

We did see one more site yesterday, Christ the Savior Cathedral. It has quite an amazing history, including completely razed and the foundation used as a swimming pool. Our interpreter described swimming there as a little girl.

Here's a picture from the visit.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Touring Moscow


Dylan got to check out some of the sights in Moscow today. He brought us along. Here are some pictures.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Today's the day!

Okay for most of you tomorrow is the day, but nonetheless we are getting Dylan! The day will consist of picking up and refiling papers in offices all over Moscow. Once that is done it is off to the baby home for the last time. We'll have a little "party" with the care givers (think office party at work, where people just come down and eat the free food), and then it is back to the apartment. We'll be here for one more week getting his papers (passport, visa, etc...) ready and we're home.

Alexandra had a really hard time with us leaving this time. It was really tough. My father-in-law had to pull over twice because she was escaping from her cars seat straps (she's freakishly flexible). We've since talked with her on the phone and she's doing a bit better. The trip can't end soon enough for me. I'm really ready to move on with life.

I'm done with Lufthansa for quite a while too. We've flown to Russia 5 times now, and while it is probably me, the food gets worse every time. Are you having the "Cheeken or the Pahstah?" "PahncAke or owemlet?" (say it with a german accent)

My employer turned out to be pretty cool with the time off (I work at Brown University in Providence). I won't have to take any unpaid days. Instead I can use sick as well as vacation days to cover the time. Not too bad. Now if only I can work on helping them eliminate some of the bureaucracy...

Monday, August 13, 2007

Week 31

Two runs and three rides were what I was able to muster. A total of 4 hours on the bike and 15.8 miles running. These are far from impressive numbers for triathletes, especially Ironman triathletes, who regularly put in 10-20 hours a week training. However, the longest ride and longest run where put in back to back resulting in a fairly promising result. I had nothing in the tank when I woke up. Saying I was flat was an understatement. Even so I managed my 215 watt average ride and then ran my 10.8 miles in a time that was easily as fast as week 29. The most encouraging part of the workout was my run where I found myself, despite not being very energetic, running very loose and easy. When that sort of rhythm comes I can usually run a long way at a decent pace. I covered the distance in 1:13:43, which while not close to my fastest time on the loop, is one of the faster times I've run after riding the equivalent of 25-30 miles.

We leave again Wednesday for Moscow. I'll likely get in one or two more rides and one run before then. I actually feel pretty good today, so maybe I'll try for a short run or ride today. Tomorrow morning and lunch a definite, and Wednesday morning is uncertain. I do these morning rides at 5:30am, and can only handle so many in a row. However, being exhausted before getting on the plane might not be a bad thing. It'll give me a fighting chance to fall asleep. Once in Moscow there will be no working out. I expect I'll post again before we leave, but if not, the next time I write I'll be a father of 2.

Runs: 77
Mileage: 15.8
YTD Mileage: 505.60

Thursday, August 09, 2007

2nd trip to Moscow and Week 30

Okay, I did the runs in the states before leaving. I'm not bold enough to go running alone on the streets of Moscow. I'm trying to get in quite a bit of riding and running before we leave again on Weds. This will be the third and final trip and will be about 10 days in length. The feeling is similar to dismounting your bike in Ironman. There's still a lot of work to do, but for the first time you actually allow yourself to think about the finish.

Dylan was really outgoing and active this last trip. A lot has changed in the last two months. He's bigger. Hell, I think his feet are almost the same size as Alexandra's! We will be getting him the day before his first birthday, August 18th, so we will be living with him in Moscow for a week before we come home. This might work out well. He'll get time to just adjust to us before we come back to the states and turn his world upside down. Might be wishful thinking, but hey that's what I've got right now.

The worst part is leaving Alexandra. I don't think I can truly express how difficult it is being away, especially being away with Leanna. At least when I travel alone I know Alexandra has Mommy. It is not getting easier to be away. It is getting harder. Events like last night don't help. Alexandra has these toys, "Little People." There is a Momma and a Dadda. She's had them for a long time and played with them in their house pretending they were us and the baby was her. This time she had the Momma and the Dadda in a toy airplane and was talking about Momma and Dadda be back. She's never put them in the airplane. She's never put them in the Taxi cab. She is showing that she knows what is going on and it is difficult for her, but she does get it. Last night she woke up in the middle of the night crying that she couldn't find the Momma and the Dadda. They were all gone. I found them in the sheets of her bed and told her, see Momma and Dadda are right here. She curled up with them and and went to sleep. It made me happy and sad at the same time, but it will all turn out for the best. Only 10 more days in Moscow and then the rest of our lives at home.

Runs: 75
Mileage: 15
YTD Mileage: 489.80