Sorry for the blog being late, we’ve been having “communication” problems here…
Gabriel will be ours today, stay tuned for an update later, but for now, enjoy Days 14 & 15.
Appeal Day 14
Just one more day before Gabriel is ours! We are very excited about his imminent arrival! This also means that we will be going home very soon! I don’t mind it at all out here, but we just need to be home with him already.
As for Gabriel, he continues to amaze us. Today, he was vocalizing, and actually said DaDa and MaMa. We don’t know if he actually meant it, but we would like to think he knew what he was saying. The little guy has come so far with us, and it’s only getting better. I can’t wait to see how much more he’ll bloom when we get him first here in the apartment, then back home. Gabriel had a high energy drive today and wanted to do all his regiments, from tummy time to dancing. He also found some time to woo the ladies in the room, from Gaia to Irina, the translator. Our boy is a big flirt, and it looks like he’s on his way to break a lot of hearts when he gets older!
Appeal Day 15
Today officially marks the end of our appeal period, yay! Tomorrow, we’ll head to the orphanage for a normal visit. During that time, our coordinators will get the final judgment of the courts and present it to the head doctor. They will then call us to the main orphanage and have us sign some paperwork that will finalize Gabriel’s adoption.
Gabriel was in such a good mood today! I think he knows that he’ll be busting out of that place tomorrow. He was talking up a storm when we were playing catch, he was laughing and smiling and he was so sweet to both of us. We broke for lunch and told him to get some rest for our return in the afternoon.
For our lunch break, we met up with Ben and Karla, Bayanna, and Bernadette at a Turkish restaurant called Istanbul. Afterwards, Bayanna took us to the mosque, which is built right next to the mall. At the mosque, we were introduced to the Imam and his assistant. They took us on a tour and spent sometime to explaining Islam to us. They were both quick to denounce terrorism in the name of Islam and stressed that Islam is about tolerance and peace. The Imam thanked us for stopping by and invited us to convert to Islam. We thanked our host and headed back to the orphanage.
When Gabriel was brought out to us, Gen’s suspicions were true. His eyes looked so tired and when we asked his nanny, she said that he did not sleep. He was waiting for us to come back to be with him. Gabriel was all smiles and laughs though, and his energy levels were surprisingly high. He was dancing, hopping up and down in the walker and was very vocal.
When it was his feeding time, his food did not show up. As it turns out, the head doctor was in the orphanage today doing an inspection. The staff was on high alert and on their best behavior. He came into the play room and looked around and greeted us as well. So Gabriel’s food did not come in until 5:00 pm, which is when our visit was up. We had to hurry because our ride was waiting for us already. Gabriel obliged us by eating his food quickly and without a fuss. He was very hungry!
Since this is our last afternoon session here, it was time to say an early goodbye to one of the translators at the orphanage. Irina, who is part of Bernadette and Agnes’ group, was so helpful to us when our translators no longer attend our visits. She went above and beyond her duties to help us out, and we are very thankful that she did. Irina will not be at the orphanage in the morning because she needs to take care of her son. His school will be closed tomorrow and no one will be able to take care of him. Gen and I showed our gratitude by giving her a gift and some pictures of her Gabriel. We wish her the best as we said our goodbyes.
We celebrated our last evening of being baby-free at our favorite Kazakh restaurant with Ben, Karla, Bernadette, Agnes, Bayan, Eric and Kami. We ordered our usual traditional Kazakh dish, beshbamark with beef. Bayan ordered a horse meat appetizer. It was quite tender and delicious. Gen even tried it. I also tried the horse tongue and intestines….yummm!!!!
We are now home and preparing Gabriel’s escape outfit. We’re hoping to get a good night’s rest as it may be quite a while before we can get another.