The past few days have been going extremely well. Tuesday was Graeme’s first full day out. I woke up that morning with a touch of a stomach bug. Many of the families seem to get this bug when they travel over here. With it being Graeme’s first day out and my stomach bug we decided to stay in. So we played all day and everyone was perfectly happy.
Wednesday I woke up feeling so much better. We decided to be adventurous and walked to Gorky Park. Graeme loved every minute of it. He’s so happy about just being pushed in the stroller people were actually waving at him when we walked by.
Gorky Park is absolutely beautiful! Graeme wanted to touch all the statues. I took him on his first carousel ride. He was not to sure about it at first but then of course loved it. We ate lunch at the park and of course he was good. After lunch we headed back to the apartment and Graeme was sleeping like a rock by the time we got back.
Thursday we decided to stay in. We think it will be best to limit activities to maybe every other day for right now. Graeme is extremely smart. He picks things up very fast. We are trying to teach him now that we are his mamma and daddy. And we get him to FaceTime with Morgan and we show him pictures of her all the time. It’s important for him to learn we are his people.
We are hoping to get Graeme’s passports soon. We need to get home and get Graeme to the doctor. He has some issues with his feet that need to be addressed as soon as possible. On top of that Morgan really is having a hard time with us being gone which kills me. And I am having a hard time being away from her. This is the longest we have ever been apart. And yesterday I officially became home sick. Chris and I are those people who love to be home. Our vacations are usually 4 days. So this is very major being gone like this but it is worth it. We are all making sacrifices in order to bring Graeme home.
Monday May 21 2018 Graeme got busted out of the Orphanage!
Monday morning I woke up early. I couldn’t sleep I wanted to make sure the apartment was clean and I had everything packed to take to the orphanage. Like a baby is going to know if the apartment is clean? Crazy the thoughts that run through your head at these moments in your life. Our lives changed the moment we saw Graeme’s picture for the first time. Which happened to be this past July while Chris, Morgan and myself were on vacation in Key West. But today our lives were going to physically change.
We got picked up from our apartment by our Facilitator which happens to be awesome. She really fought for Graeme to get out of the orphanage. And she went above and beyond for our family.
When we got to the orphanage Chris and I were lead to Graeme’s groupa. This is where we handed out the Nannies gifts and we got to get Graeme ready to go. After we got him ready and he said his goodbyes in that area we went to the Doctors office. They gave use 2 pairs of special shoes for Graeme that help push his feet out and the Nannies also made him a book filled with a few pictures and personal information. We had a lot of visitors come into that office to say their farewells to our little man. Walking Graeme through the hallway was extremely emotional knowing he will never have to know that life again. It seemed to take forever to get to the car everyone was coming out for him. The doctors did tell use he was the favorite and he’s a very special boy.
When we finally got in the car it was very hard to see one of the Nannies sobbing as we drove away. We did promise to email updates and pictures.
Graeme’s first night went extremely well. He slept for about 9.5 hours. Graeme’s personality lights up the room. He is a true blessing. He’s genuinely excited about everything and it brings joy to your heart just watching him.
We are currently still in country waiting for our little mans passport. Hopefully we will be coming home next week.
Sorry for the long delay in post. Since court we have been on the go. We went to court May 17th. So let’s rewind a bit.
Chris and I arrived to Eastern Europe later then expected. After delayed flights, having to change airports to another town and changing airlines we finally arrived. While we were collecting our luggage we realized 1 suitcase was missing. Can you guess which one was missing? That’s right it was mine. I had no clothes! Baby C had all his toys in my bag and half his clothes. After traveling for 24+ hours that’s the last thing you want to happen. I was trying my best to fight back tears and communicate with the baggage claim representative to file my claim.
Since I had no clothes for court after we left the airport we went shopping. Which I love shopping! However when you are exhausted to the max and upset plus in a foreign country it’s not fun. The shopping experience was very overwhelming for me. I like to do my own thing and I don’t do well with people constantly coming at me. But I managed to get through it.
The next day Chris and I took the fast train to where Baby C is. We got to have an afternoon visit with him. It was so wonderful to be able to be back with him.
Court Day I woke up so nervous. What if we went and the judge decided we were not good enough for Baby C? I had a million things flying around in my head.
As we got to the courthouse the whole seen is completely different from what we are used to in the States. While in the courtroom Chris and myself were asked a series of questions. We had 2 ladies who were jurors. One of them was smiling the whole time which put me at ease. The court session lasted about 20 mins. The Judge came back into the courtroom and announced we had been granted the rights and read Baby C’s new full name. At that moment Chris and I were brought to tears.
After court we were able to have our afternoon visit. That visit seemed different from the rest. Baby C knew from the start who we were and wanted to stay with us when it was time to go back.
Welcome to our family Graeme Christopher.
Last week we got the call our court date is this week. We had another short notice so Chris and I have been running around like maniacs. It’s very hard to pack light for ever changing weather. Also we are not only packing for ourselves we have a little one to pack for. I think I packed more for Baby C than I did for myself. This trip is also going to be a long one. So we are having to pack for a few weeks. Needless to say our suitcases are jammed full.
Leaving our house this morning knowing the next time we return we will have Baby C in tow was an awesome feeling. I am ready to have both my children in the same country.
The past few weeks have been extremely hard. Your heart is constantly torn. You constantly have people asking you questions or if you have heard anything. I know people mean well but that’s been one of the hardest things to handle when you don’t have an answer and your heart is breaking.
We are on the final end of this chapter and we could not be anymore excited to start the new chapter. But first court…
Everyday Chris and I are asked “any news” everyday we say “no not yet”. Yesterday made it 3 weeks since we got to meet Baby C. We are still not crossing next week off the calendar yet for a court date. Chris would love to spend his birthday next week with Baby C. We are prepared to leave if this is the last trip or not.
Maybe possibly by the end of this week we can say “yes we are leaving”.
2 weeks ago today we got to meet our little man. It almost seems like a lifetime ago. There has been many of tears in the 2 weeks, many pictures looked at, many videos watch and many stories told. Baby C is apart of us now in every way.
For the past 2 weeks we have been busy getting back to everyday life with work and school. We have also been trying to get everything prepared for our next trip in case this is our last trip. If this is our last trip we will be in country with Baby C a few weeks before we can come home. If this is not our last trip we will only be there a few days for court then come back home. What we are currently waiting for is our court date. And from what we understand that could come any day. So that being said we have been running around almost every night making sure Baby C has what he needs. We have also been buying all the goodies for everyone who has helped with Baby C. Every time I cross something off my list it seems like I add 2 things onto it.
Hopefully we will find out this week about court and our trips. Chris and I are ready to get back to our baby boy and for him to be with us forever.
Friday Chris and I got ready for our 9:30 pick up. We woke up emotional knowing that was our last day with Baby C. Our morning visit went really well. He showed off his dancing moves. He has a love for music and books. He’s a very smart and inquisitive little one. That visit was one of the best ones. After our visit we went back to our apartment finished packing relaxed a little then off again. For our afternoon visit we had to bring our luggage with us so we could catch the overnight train. Our visit start out like the rest. We played until I realized the baby needed to be changed. I was able to find a Nannie who brought me back into Baby C’s groupa. I saw where he sleeps and I was able to see them bath him. After the nannies got Baby C nice and fresh Chris and I were able to see him take his bottle. We feel extremely lucky to be able to have seen these things not all the parents get that privilege. We played after his dinner and had to say our good byes for now.
I will tell you there was nothing we could of done to prepare ourselves for that heartache. While driving to the train station I was trying not to fall completely apart. There were many tears during that car ride. When we got to our cabin on the train we both had a very hard time. As I am writing this thinking about the events and Baby C I am crying. The overnight train was about 6 hours. I was able to sleep some. We got to the Capital then had our favorite driver pick us up and take us to the airport for our 7am flight Saturday morning. By the time we got to the airport it was about 2 am Saturday morning. When our flight left Baby C’s country the water works came back on. Just thinking about leaving him not being able to get to him was and is devastating. Chris and I did not land in our own beds until Saturday night about 11pm. We were and still are emotionally, mentally, and physically exhausted.
We are hoping and praying for a fast court date so we can get back to our boy.
Last Tuesday we met Baby C. He’s absolutely perfect in every way.
When we got off the train Tuesday our driver took us to our apartment. We had about 5 mins to freshen up before we left again. From there we were taken to the Orphanage. Walking into the orphanage was very surreal. We were finally there. Our Facilitator lead us to an office where the doctor was. The doctor went over Baby C’s medical history. She went into more details regarding his Spina Bifida. To hear your son has had 2 surgeries and was just released from the hospital is heartbreaking. Baby C gets bronchitis and is sometimes admitted into the hospital. To think of our baby alone in the hospital kills me. While the doctor was going over details they snuck Baby C into the room. He was instantly smiling. They all said what a ladies man he is and I see it. His personality lights up the room. The bond was instant. Everyone commented on how Chris and him favor each other. Baby C was absolutely precious he would hold Chris’s face just looking at him. We were at the orphanage about 2 hours that afternoon.
That evening we walked to the grocery store and picked up a few things for dinner and to snack on. Our experience at the grocery store was very comical. For instance we had no idea you had to request a bag or even the bag size. I was flipping out because there was no Diet Coke. Yes Diet Coke and Star Bucks fuel me. After our shopping adventure we ate and went straight to bed.
Wednesday through Friday evening Chris and I feel into a routine. I am a morning person at home. Usually I am up at the crack of dawn so why stop that habit in another time zone. Every morning I would get up make my coffee and catch up with messages and watch the people in the park from our apartment window. Our driver would pick us up about 9:30 to take us to our visit with Baby C. During our morning visit the baby was always a little sleepy so we tried to keep him active. We had our visits usually in a therapy room which was nice to see. After our visit we would go back to our apartment for lunch or we would walk downtown for lunch then rest. About 3:30 we would be picked for our afternoon visit. Baby C was always ready to play. One afternoon we even got to stroll to grounds of the orphanage. After our visit we would walk to dinner or eat in. Then settle in for the night. Then repeat…
We are absolutely in love!
Chris and I arrived to Eastern Europe Sunday after a very long and exhausting flight.
Monday we had our DAP appointment which went very well. We found out a little bit more about Baby C. In cases of international adoption a little bit of information is actually a lot of information. You are sooo thankful to just know anything. One piece of information we did receive was huge. We found out how Baby C became an orphan. I can’t tell the story just yet but I will say it’s not what we expected at all. It truly broke my heart.
Chris and I were able to explore the city a little in between appointments. Which has been very exciting. On our last appointment we picked our referral up which is your ticket to the orphanage. After that we went back to our apartment packed then went to dinner. After dinner we actually got to meet up with another family who is adopting. It’s nice to be able to sit down with another couple who understands what you are going through. I feel very fortunate we had a chance to talk with them.
Tuesday morning which is today our driver picked us up at 5:40am to get on the train to Baby C’s region. We are currently about an hour away from him. Sitting here I have some many emotions. After all these months we are finally here. Our baby boys world is going to change and our world is also changing. Baby C has no idea he has a big sister waiting for him halfway around the world. That his momma and daddy are in route to meet him. That we have been working hard to be able to bring him home. To give him the life he deserves to have and the love every child should have.
Yes!!! It’s finally Go Time!!! We leave this Saturday. We just found out today our DAP appointment in Baby C’s capital is Monday.
We get to meet Baby C next week♥️