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Photographs of Mark, the Fulbrighter

Almost Five Months
Almost Five Months
4 Months, With Grandpa
5 Months, First Milk Teeth
5 Months, First Milk Teeth
5 Months, With Daddy
5 Months, Exploring the Blanket
5 Months, Sunshine
5 Months, Hmmm....
5 Months, Mom's Sweet Kisses
Five Months, practicing in sitting
5 Months, What did you say, grandma?:)
5 Months, Ha-ha!
6 Months, Getting older
6 Months, trying first meals(yams)
7 Months, Daddy's gentle hugs
7 Month's, mom's sweet hugs
7 Month's, becoming more serious
7 Months, becoming a toddler
7 Months, what did you say, ma? Ha-ha!
7 Months, lazy afternoon
7 Months, Hmmm.. To be or not to be...
7 Months, my finger is the sweetest one!
7 Months, got my first baby chair!
7 Months, spring has come!
7 Months, with daddy and mum on sakura blossom festival, Phili(PA)

About Mark

It's quite a long and complicated story.
In May of 2012 I applied for the Fulbright scholarship. At that moment I didn't even think of having a baby. I spent all the summer travelling: in June I went to Austin for NASSLLI'12, in July I was enjoying the sun in Haifa, Israel and during August and first weeks of September I had 2 flights to Bulgaria to buy an apartment over there. In August,29th I got an invitation for the 2nd round from the Fulbright, and in October I passed TOEFL test and an interview with program officers. For some reason I was chosen as a semifinalist and I was invited for the final round. Well...Telling the truth, I couldn't imagine I'll be the finalist:) So, during October and November I started also thinking of a family(I turned 28 yo at that moment). October and November already passed, our Moscow choir gave final pre-xmas concert and performed "The Many Moods of Christmas", we travelled to the US and did a trip through all the East Coast down to the Key West and back. There were no news from the Fulbright. New Year and Xmas holidays passed, in February I went to the clinic and got an official "confirmation" that I'm pregnant. I was really happy about that and I thought that at least in case I won't get the Fulbright I'll have a baby. We didn't tell anybody about the baby till the end of March (even my sc. adviser didn't notice anything till June). In April of 2013 I got a request of Medical Forms from the FB program, and it required a test for tuberculosis which means that I had to go for X-ray screening. One of few cases when it's prohibited is the case of pregnancy, so my doctor wrote in the medical statement that I'm not allowed for the test. Once I sent my documents, I prepared to receive an email with excuses that due to my pregnancy it's not possible to continue participation. During the spring I was giving some practical workshops in Bauman MSTU. In May first news about the acceptance to the universities appeared. I was in the waiting list and slightly counted on getting the scholarship. In May I spent few weeks at our new apartment in Sveti Vlas, Bulgaria. I planned to travel there for my delivery. After I came back from Bulgaria I've decided that I need some extra income and got fixed up in a remote job at Kaspersky as spam analyst. In June I got invitation to the US Abbassador's reception at Spaso House. That was quite a surprise. Around the same time I got a letter of acceptance from Montclair State University. My grant starting date was set on the middle of July. Since my delivery date was expected to be anyday starting mid July and till September, I have decided to write a letter describing my situation and canceling my trip. After our long correspondence with FB officers the program managers rescheduled my grant on Oct, 15th. To cut a long story short, I delivered a child Aug, 25th. Right after the deliver I started preparations for the trip: getting my son's(Mark's) passport, organizing all the documents for him. It took around 2 weeks only to get a new passport for him. But since not much time left for visa questions, the FB officers again rescheduled my grant starting date to Jan,15th, and I had plenty of time to get everything prepared. During the whole autumn I had long correspondence with Natalia Smirnova, deputy director of the Fulbright program in Russia. I've sent her tons of documents including Mark's passport, his medical insurance(I bought a separate private insurance from Seven Corners), proof of enough finances for him and so on.
Finally, in December all the documents were done and I started filling the forms for our visas (J visas for Mark and me, B visas for my spouse and my mom). December, 16th Mark, my mom, my spouse and me went to Moscow for the interview. My spouse got his visa without interview, but everyone else was asked to come to embassy. Fortunately, we didn't have any problems, and everyone got a visa. Everything was done including tickets. I wrote the university that I'm finally coming, and Jan, 12th we have arrived to JFK. So, kind of happy end:)
PS Actually, everything was much more complicated that it's described here, I had lots of stress after the delivery, I was really exhausted of everything and tried to be patient. And so many thanks to Natalia Smirnova with whom I had a loooong correspondence and who helped a lot. And to my spouse who always believed in me:)

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Cherry blossom festival

20 Apr 2013

Went to Bronx to visit our aunt. She took us to Botanical garden, very nice place. It's also like the one in Moscow, but a bit cleaner and more well-groomed.

Trip to cherry blossom festival

19 Apr 2013

Today we went to Philadelphia, PA to participate in cherry blossom festival.A lot of sunshine, peace atmospehe, tea ceremony and magnificant fragrance!

Starting babbling

18 Apr 2013

Mark started to pronounce pretty long utterances like "babababapapababa". Mostly he does this during our long walks in the parks. He doesn't sleep there anymore, instead, he looks around and expressing a great delight. He also practices his voice: opens his mouth and cries "aaaaaaaaaa" very loudly:)

One Month

13 Feb 2013

Today is one month since we arrived in the US. We had a winter storm with 16 inches of snow.My classes were cancelled, everything including my university was closed. It stopped snowing around 2pm, we went outside to clean the area. Denisse(our landlord) came upstairs and regaled us with chocolate chip cookies and some sandwiches. During our dinner Mark started really laughing at us, I think it was the first time he did it just looking at the faces. For some reason our faces seemed to be funny for him. :)

Arrival

12 Jan 2013

Our flight lasted 10 hours, almost all the time I had to feed Mark and keep him in my arms. We had pretty nice ~70 years old lady sitting next to us, she admired Mark during all the flight giving him tons of compliments. The flight was not so exhausting as we expected, although I can't say it was easy for us to keep Mark not crying and sleeping.