Happy Birthday Dascha!

June 4th, 2007

“Stee-op!, Noo Birt-day-e!” Dascha screamed in the Russian Restaurant, Pomegranate, as they told her, in Russian, that her birthday was on Monday. Until today, our little girl has not celebrated a birthday, and even though she had a general idea of what it was, it terrified her. She was very agitated Friday night and misbehaved all day Saturday. When she overheard us talking to people about it on Sunday she became very still and nearly angry.

This morning, the children woke, but remained still in bed. Tanya and I entered the room at 7 and saw our two little ones awake in bed. Tanya picked up Nikolai and we began to sing “Happy Birthday” to Dascha. Our sweet girl is not quite as “sweet” when she gets out of bed so her initial reaction to the song was a grumpy face and a swash of the hand.

Undeterred, we continued to sing beckoning Dascha to follow us. Awaiting in the living room was a pile of presents and instantly Birthday’s became a very good thing for our daughter. The rest of the morning she would repeat, often, “Birt-day-e goo-ad, da! Appy Birt-day-e!”

To you, my sweet Dascha, Happy Birthday!

Entry Filed under: Adoption,General Musings


4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. mamarose  |  June 5th, 2007 at 9:10 am

    Her transformations always amaze me. The jump from her terror to that smiling face is enormous. What have this children been through? My birthday wish for her is to throughly forget her babyhood and be, inside and out, that smiling person in her first birthday celebration photo.

  • 2. sonjaya  |  June 5th, 2007 at 5:09 pm

    She had a really great birthday yesterday.

    It occurred to me today that at the baby house, the 4th birthday was a very ominous one as any child not adopted by age 4 would be transferred to an orphanage.

    Very few children get adopted once in an orphanage and he care is not as good — so the children have a sense that leaving the baby house w/out parents is not a good thing.

    I am thinking that when we said it was her 4th birthday she may have remembered that that was the time other kids were sent away w/out parents and must have been afraid that that was what we were going to do.

    She was very happy all day — and she got increasingly so throughout the day — in fact by the end, I think she was at the point where she wished every day was her birthday.

  • 3. Ronda Farrell  |  June 11th, 2007 at 4:51 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday Dascha! What a beautiful little girl you are. It is so nice to see you smiling on your first birthday in your very own home. Your special parents waited and waited for you and your brother. Now you’re home you’ll never have to fear another birthday. Nie Boilse Dascha.

  • 4. Soquilii  |  August 7th, 2007 at 5:40 pm

    I am WOEFULLY late in wishing Dascha her first American Happy Birthday. Apologies! As a friend of Mama Rose, I’ve been following the children’s progress for quite some time, and have been rejoicing in their journey.
    I will be sending Mama Rose a package soon that will include small gifts of the heart for both Nikolai and Dascha. May all your birthdays be happy ones!
    (PS – Jay, the way you relay her words, complete with accent, make your reports so alive for me, and always make me smile.)


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