In the middle of all of this Niko calls us, an hour early to say that he's here, we have 10 minutes. So none of us got to eat anything. Thankfully we were ready, we grabbed our bags and left. I am SO grateful for all of the blogs that I have read that had pre warned me of the "you have 5 minutes" phone calls, that have a habit of coming when you're not really expecting them too. I can't imagine what would have happened if I didn't wake the two of them up when I did. We got a tiny tour of where the restaurants of interest where, and a few other things as we drove over to the SDA for our appointment. We were so early that we had to go and sit at the Pizza restaurant and wait. We got Emily some juice, but she refused to even try it. Which was fine, because I drank it - hoping to keep my blood sugar up and not have any trouble from the unexpected meds. Man, I can't believe I did that!!!!
Then it was time. It was finally and actually time for ME us, to go into the SDA. We meet Serge, and entered the building. We of course went in through the side door, and waited in the hall, just like everyone else who has been there before us!!!! As we stood waiting, I started to feel really excited, but not nervous or jittery the way I have before, I was very calm (maybe that was the meds working for me). I was just so happy to finally be having our turn. I grabbed Mike's hand and squeezed! And said "Yay!! We're inside of the SDA!" He thinks I'm a nut;)
And then, well then, it REALLY was our turn. We got to walk up the stairs, and into an office. Our social worker, Svetlana, was very nice. We had to show her our passports so she could verify that we were us. Then she asked us to tell her about ourselves, and why we wanted to adopt a child with special needs. They told us K's name, her birth date, where she is, that her birth mother had signed over her rights (all things that we already knew). Then we got to see 2 different photos of her. The first was the photo that they have posted on their web site, except on the web site it is cropped. I was able to take a photo of this one, but mine didn't come out very clearly. The second is a photo that I've never seen before. It is adorable, AND it is now mine!!! Serge asked if we could have it before I had a chance to say anything, and it's mine:) She is SO cute!! Of course we already knew that, but still, she is! And just like that our appointment was over. No more questions, no more information, no looking at our photos that I stressed and agonized over, nothing. In total I think we were in the office for 20 mins.
|Our SDA picture!!! We finally have one:)|
Serge had to send Niko out to do a few things with paperwork, so he took us back over to the restaurant while we waited. We all had something to drink and Em had some ice cream. Serge told us more about the process that we are about to go though, about the region we are headed to, suggestions and advise about what to do while we are there, as well as working through the language barrier with K etc. Then Niko got back from his running around and brought us back to the apartment. On the way back we got to drive past Independence Square.
Instead of coming upstairs when we got back, we went to the grocery store instead. We picked up a few items, along with a bag of Lay's chips with the picture of a crab on them. Crazy husband of mine is determined that he needs to try these. We also picked up some pasta to make for dinner. It was our intent to go back out after we brought the food back, but Emily needed a break and I started working on these updates, and before we knew it lunch time was over. Mike made me a super yummy grilled cheese sandwich and that was lunch. He and Emily went out for a little walk to pick up some more water. We have now had dinner and are settling down to get Emily ready for bed.
Tomorrow Niko will pick us up by 4 pm. We can pick up K's official referral paperwork sometime between 4 & 5. Ludmilla has already ordered the train tickets for us, and she will be accompanying us by over night train to K's region. It is VERY likely that you will not get an update from us at all tomorrow, as we will be packing and traveling. On Thursday we will have MUCH running around to do, and we should get to meet our little girl:) I'm not sure when we will have internet or how good it will be, but you can be sure that I WILL post just as soon as I can!!!!