Finally, our bonding period is over and we have a court date: March 28! Since our children are in two different orphanages, we were initially told that we may need to have two court dates in two different places, but luckily, this is not going to happen. As in other regions, after the court, our judge did not wave the 14 days waiting time when anybody from their biological family can contest the court decision. We are so much looking forward to officially become their parents.
Today was a day of firsts with Yulia. Because the room where we usually play was busy, we got to play in her room, together with the other children. I also got to give her the first bath, to change the first diaper and change her clothes for the first time. It took me a pretty long time, but I think I was pretty successful. She did not cry at all and she actually seemed to like it. She enjoys exploring everything, pulling out all the drawers in the room, looking for toys, climbing everywhere, putting everything in her mouth, playing with the electric plug. First thing to do when we arrive home, baby proof the house!!!! And then when it was time to leave, she cried for the first time! Well… she was immediately consoled by her caregiver, but she did look after us, for the first time when we left!
Gabi had some behavior changes today. We were initially giving him chocolate or candies every time to do something good. Well, today he refused to listen to us, he would not answer any questions (English or Russian); refused to count, refused to draw, refuse to do anything we asked him to do. We already started to get a little frustrated until the moment he saw the magic chocolate, when the metamorphosis to the very good, big boy happened suddenly! I guess he is just trying to teach us how not to teach him! He is also starting to show some signs of regression in his language. Igor, our translator mentions he was able to understand his Russian much better 2 weeks ago when we met him and he is now using a baby language he can barely understand. Today, he witnessed him speaking a perfect Russian while talking with his caregiver. I am sure he is going to need lots of attention when we will be together. However, he is so adorable!
Today, we also said good bye to Maia, Yulia`s friend who went home with her mommy, Kristen! We wish them a wonderful life together and to continue to enjoy their stay in Kazakhstan. And it is still winter time here in Petropavlovsk, we don’t get too much to do except bonding with our children, but somehow the time passed by really fast. We have one more week! Wow!