Today was a busy day for both Madeline and us. We had our driver take us to the toy store so that we could buy a toddler plate/bowl (We didn’t pack any). While there we browsed the toy section. Madeline seemed very interested in a knight in shining armor that rode upon a horse. In fact, she was intrigued by it. We bought it for her as we needed a few more things to keep her occupied. Wouldn’t you know that when we got it out of the packaging, she was SCARED of it!
We also got the driver to take us to the area’s larger grocery store. Much nicer than what we’ve been surviving on. We stocked up on some items and I was a happy camper when I found a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. (Russian Wine tastes more like Sherry – By the way, they sell Russian beer in 2 liter bottles!!!!!!) The prepared section was nice (although the concept of lines hasn’t quite reached Russia yet). We had the closest thing to a home cooked meal today (breaded pork chops, rice and broccoli) I wish this store was in walking distance! Madeline thought the ride in the shopping cart was hysterical. Later in the afternoon, we went for a walk and discovered the joy of fountains. She thought it was a riot to stick her hand in the water.
Poopie report….today I gagged for the first time as a mom! We actually had to stick her in the tub and hose her down! Of course she first fell on her bottom with a full diaper as we were getting ready to change her. Luckily we had taken off her pants but the force of her fall squeezed out the contents onto the rug……ugh!!!!! At dinner tonight I tried to plug her up with extra banana. (Oh, the fun of dietary changes!) This is more than we signed up for. Also, as a “subscriber” to our email updates, you got more than you bargained for with our graphic descriptions!
Our coordinator came to our room after dinner to help us with the paperwork for the Embassy. Now, it seems as though Madeline’s birthday *is* the same as my Mom’s (November 4th) I won’t know for certain what day to celebrate until I get all the final documents. I really do hope it is the 4th .
Bedtime today was terrible! We are lost somewhere on the fine line between comforting her in her adjustment and creating a monster at bedtime. Madeline pulled out every stop to convince us that we were terrible parents but in the end we realized that *she* has us trained. With that said, it broke our hearts to have her cry herself to sleep. I guess she “let on” to us too much that she thought she was boss and she knows *exactly* what she is doing. Because we are living out of a hotel room, it is next to impossible to eat dinner at the same time – we wait until Maddie is asleep. I believe it was 9:40pm when we got to eat. (We tried to put her down at 8:30)
Oh yeah, to top things off, our window air conditioner died today and it will be 95 tomorrow and 97 the next day!
Sigh……..With all that said, I need to go to sleep.
Again, I am sorry if I don’t get to return all of your emails (although we are reading them), as time is very short these days!
Can hardly wait another second until we get home!
David and Amy
Saturday, June 27, 2009
This Date in History 6/27/07 - Our Adoption Story
Wednesday June 27, 2007