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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Aaron's orphanage

These pictures were actually taken yesterday.  We went on an outing to get Julia and Aaron's passport and visa pictures taken.  We first went to Aaron's building and I took a few pictures of where he sleeps and spends his days.  Then we went to get Julia and got in the car for our first trip out of the orphanage.  Julia was absolutely wonderful and did not seem phased at any point in time while traveling.  She did get a bit distressed when they were trying to get her to look straight when taking her passport picture.  But it never escalated to anything disruptive and she was just as happy after as she had been before.  So from what we can tell, she seems like she will be a trooper while traveling home.  I can only hope and pray!  Aaron was very excited to be going somewhere as he was getting dressed.  And as you can see from his picture down below he was all smiles about it.  I made sure it was explained to him that this was not the day he would come home with me.  So he knew he was coming back to the orphanage afterwards.  He was fine until about half way to the foreign passport office when he became agitated about the seatbelt.  He was progressively getting squirmy and irritated.  Tatiana was explaining to him why he was to wear the seatbelt.  He would be okay for a little bit, but started getting more and more restless.  He started swaying his head, seemingly displaying some sort of "self-soothing."  Aimee and I were getting a bit nervous of where this was going to go.  When we got to passport office, I picked him up and carried him across the street.  There was some construction being done that was fairly noisy outside this office and he promptly covered his ears with both hands.  He seemed to not like the noise at all.  Aimee was carrying Julia who is still completely fine with all of this.  The only thing that seems to bother Julia the most is the sunlight.  We cupped our hands over her eyes and she was okay.  I brought some sunglasses that will strap around her head, but I forgot them.  I'm not sure she will like them, but we will try them if needed.   Anyways, when we got inside, I sat him down on a bench.  While we were waiting to get taken back for his picture, he was displaying the same head rolling behavior and sometimes looked like he was about to cry.  He was very squirmy and could not sit still.  Then, finally, I saw him pinch himself between his legs and I finally realized HE NEEDED TO PEE!!!  I quickly asked Valentin to find out where a toilet was.  Once found, I raced him in and the poor little guy went for about 2 minutes.  He really had to go.....and was fine afterwards!!  Phew : )  I was so relieved that was all it was.  Now I know what signs to look for AND I know he can hold it for quite a while. 

I know many of you are wondering what the time line is from here on out.  The passports should arrive here on Thursday.  All the paperwork will be overnighted to the embassy for it to be submitted on Friday. Then we have the three day weekend for the Easter holiday.  Gotcha Day will be the Monday after Easter and we will travel by express train Monday evening.  This will be a 6 hour train ride to Kiev.  Tuesday we will go the embassy and take care of the kids medical and receive their visas and passports.  Wednesday we have a 2pm flight from Kiev to Frankfurt and then a one hour layover (yikes....pray that this is enough time) until we fly home to Washington.  Please also pray that we can get a bulk head seat with a bassinet for Julia.  She does not sit up and is rigid with her back, neck and head slightly to severely arched most of the time.  This will be a difficult trip if I cannot lay her somewhere flat for at least some of the time.  I have been told that the bulk head seating is set aside for passengers with small children and people with special needs, but it is also first come first serve.  With only a one hour layover, this in not likely if I can only request this at the gate in Frankfurt.  I am going to try to request this when I am in Kiev, however, I don't know whether this will work or not.

 The room Aaron and his "groupa" sleep in
  
 Room where Aaron and his "groupa" play and watch TV
 
 Aaron's bed
 
 Aaron's name tag on his bed
  
 Aaron getting dressed for our outing
  

All ready to go!!!!

10 comments:

  1. I had to laugh at poor Aaron needing to go to the bathroom - so glad you figured it out before too late !! It's so exciting to know they are almost home :):)

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  2. Glad you got a small taste of taking your little ones out :) Just a tip - you can periodically ask Aaron "tee noozhen pee-seht?" (do you need to pee?). Of course on the airplanes this became a fun game. Both times we've adopted, our new child became fascinated with airplane toilets. YUCK!

    Best wishes!
    Jenn in Georgia
    http://littleboydove.blogspot.com

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  3. Does Aaron know he has a new name? Are you calling him Aaron yet? Does he know that Julia is his new sister and that he has siblings at home waiting for him? How does it feel about that?

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  4. So glad you finally were able to figure out what's stressing out Aaron! :) Praying for everything to go smoothly with Julia and that she will be comfortable on the way home.

    Thank you for sharing your journey with us!! :)

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  5. Aaron is such a sweetheart. It's great that he loves to be with you!

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  6. Love seeing pics and hearing about Julia and Aaron. Can't wait for them to be home!!!

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  7. As far as the airline/bassinet thing: Call now, and ask them to make a note in your reservation. Both times we went to Europe and one of our children needed a bassinet, thet made a 'reservation' for one in our reservation - if that makes sense. Needs are still assessed upon boarding (in case someone else comes up with a greater need), but we've never had a problem. You should be able to get seat assignments for the bulkhead upon checking in in Kiev also, if another family needing a bassinet hasn't already reserved it (that's why I'm suggesting you call your airline now). It will all work out! LOVE following along, and have been praying for you!

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  8. Now you know his special "little boy" dance. My kids are amazed when I know they need to pee before they do!
    Praying for your flight, you are right the bulk head is for special needs passengers, priority given to those traveling with therapy animals and have prosthetic braces or leg issues preventing them from bending. If there are none of these then the attendants get to make the call of who should get these seats. Our first adoption our son had CP and couldn't sit up independently so we propped him with pillows and blankets in the seat. The British Airways staff were fabulous through EVERYTHING. Our Second adoption, Delta made our daughter sit in a middle row in the back of the plane separate from me despite her prosthetic leg and no arms to reach and prior requests for accommodations. They now owe $2 million to the DOT for repeated disability/accessibility violations. Sounds like you have a different airline.

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  9. So exciting! We will be praying for a safe and boring trip home for you. Can't wait to meet the little ones soon! Safe travels and Happy Easter!
    - The Millers

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  10. I love following along, and have been praying for your journey! :)
    I just noticed it looks like he's wearing the same sweater for your outing to get his passport picture as he was when our group met him a year ago this month! I love that one year later, in the same shirt, he's with his mom getting ready to head home! God is so great!

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