Dad sent us an article that made us laugh. Too bad we don't live in Ulyanovsk! They give cars and other prizes for having babies. Well, you have to have the baby on the right day and all. . . .
Really, though, the article reflects the way things are here. You probably know that Russia's population is declining and has been for a while. When people see that we're expecting our third child, after the shock (three children is a huge family here!), the comments are usually alone the lines of "Helping to solve the demographic crisis, eh?" or something about the money that we'll be getting. (Except that we won't be getting it, because we're not Russian.)
In some ways it's sad: the fear of starting a family here and materialistic reasons to have children or not. In some ways it's just weird: who in America would ever congratulate you on a pregnancy and then head right into talking about the tax break that you'll get with another child? And in some ways it's good: it does seem like we're seeing more babies and pregnant women since the government has been encouraging family growth.