Boy, have we been busy! I can’t believe I’m already four months old. It sure seems like just yesterday that I was born. All sorts of neat things have been happening in my life. For instance, mommy and daddy took my pacifier away awhile ago, so now I can go to sleep in my crib all by myself, although I now suck my thumb and fingers instead of that pacifier. At least mom doesn’t have to keep coming into my room to replace that annoying thing every time it falls out. I also have a big girl sleeping schedule because I go to sleep around seven every night and sleep until about seven in the morning. Well…I do wake up and coo to myself from about five-thirty to six and then fall back asleep. That doesn’t really count, though! I also take two nice naps almost everyday at nine in the morning and then at one in the afternoon. Sometimes my schedule gets really messed up like this past weekend when we all went to visit Anna and Rado. I had to miss my afternoon nap so we could visit with Pani Chuda. Dad really thought I would sleep in my car seat on the way home. I decided to cry for about an hour instead. Then I was so tired that I finally fell asleep. I just wanted to let mom and dad know how much I HATE IT when they mess with my orderly life that way. Anyway, the trip to Zilina was really fun because I got to meet new people like Pani Chuda, the archivist that helped mom and dad make our big family tree, and Emilia, Zdenka, Jan, Ludmilla, and Stefan. I even took a nap on Stefan and Ludmilla’s bed! Now we are home and I can concentrate on giving you all an update on the other fun adventures I’ve been on. Oh, I almost forgot. Tomorrow I get to start eating rice cereal. YAHOO! It’s about time I get a little variety here. I think all those puppy dog eyes flashed at mom and dad while they were eating in front of me finally did the trick.
Last month the three of us went on my very first LONG road trip to a city in the eastern part of Slovakia called Prešov. Daddy had to give a presentation to a bunch of college students on something called turn-taking. The views from the car window were amazing. Lots of mountain peaks and rivers and trees. I got to attend daddy’s presentation and was very well behaved. All the people in the audience were more interested in me than in what dad had to say, so mommy took me out of there. I had to poop anyway! Mom pulled a chair into a very quiet corner and changed my stinky diaper. Some university students thought it was pretty funny. Here are some pictures of a big castle ruins that we hiked through on the way home. Mom was absolutely wigged out that day because I hadn’t slept in forever. Dad kept saying, “she’ll sleep in the car.” He was in for a BIG surprise! Now he knows about me and my aversion to car sleeping. Ya live and ya learn. By the way, that’s the day mommy put her foot down and put the kabash on pacifier use. I sleep better without it anyway.
This is one of the many beautiful views from the top of the castle ruins.
We’ve had many nice visitors to our apartment lately. Allan Stevo, a family friend from Blue Island where daddy was born, came to stay with us for a few days. He moved here several years ago and is a poet and writer. He lives in Bratislava now. He’s part Slovak like dad and me. Anyway, we came here to Nitra to give a couple of poetry readings. I went to the one at the university where dad works. It was really fun. I got tired though and had to leave a little early. Here are some pictures from Allan’s visit.
Dad’s first Slovak teacher Katka came to visit us, too. We spent the late morning and afternoon together. That was the day after my first vaccination, so I was very sleepy. Mom and dad were so proud of me because I didn’t even flinch when they gave me that shot. It was a BIG needle, too. I didn’t get to spend much time with Katka because I was sleeping so much, but she did get to read me a book and we all went for a walk to the zoo. It was a beautiful sunny day, but that’s the way it usually is here. I’m glad Katka read to me because I can understand her much better than when mom and dad read Slovak books to me. Her accent is PERFECT!
Other than these things, we’ve been pretty much hanging around at home. We go for walks with Mom’s friend Renata and my friend Miska. Mom, dad and I go for walks almost everyday. I usually have to ride in the pram now because I’m getting so heavy that it’s hard to hold me in the Baby Bjorn. Oh well, at least I’m in the shade when I’m in the pram.
My next big adventure will be meeting my Grandma Lencho and my big brother Peyton. They are coming here to visit in early June. We are going to go to see a lot of our Slovak relatives while they are here. It will be a busy time, but so fun. I’ve never met either of my brothers, and I have only gotten to see my Grandma on the computer. I am so excited!
After that comes the BIGGEST adventure. We have to fly all the way across the Atlantic Ocean so we can move to the United States. I’ve never been there, so I really wonder if I will like it. I also wonder if I can sit in my car seat for twelve hours without blowing a gasket (that’s mommy’s lingo). We are moving in with our friends Sue and Steve Friedman until we find a nice house of our own. Mom says their house is really beautiful and that it’s right on a nice river. I will get to watch humming birds and orioles, too. I’ll be really sad to leave Slovakia, my nice apartment and all the friends I’ve made here, but I also can’t wait to meet my family in America and all of mom and dad’s friends.
I guess I’ll leave all of you with a few random pictures that mommy took of me. She’s kinda crazy with the camera.
This is Zozo Lencho signing off until next time…
Did you know that we celebrate name days here in Slovakia? They are kind of like birthdays. My name day “Zofia” was on May 15th. Mommy dressed me up in a pretty outfit my Aunt Lauren sent me a long time ago. It finally fits. This is me on my name day