Our 15 days waiting period was over and the court decision is final. Today, we became a family of four. Yulia Alina and Gabriel Sergey Baia are our children. A full life in front of us! So many dreams are about to come true! We still need the I171 form, which will hopefully arrive at the beginning of next week, notarised, verified, apostilled and sent via Fedex to Sholpan, our coordinator. And of course, 2 to 3 more weeks of waiting. I wish they will just fly.
Until they will come home, we are just running around, getting the home ready and organizing everything for our babies. It feels good to keep busy, it helps the time pass faster. We were overwhelmed with all the support we got from our neighbours (Thank you, Kate!), colleagues and friends! Yesterday, I had a big surprise, a baby shower! My colleagues were so sweet! I never thought I will ever have my baby shower! Our children already have plenty of books, clothes and toys waiting for them. We still did not buy any furniture yet, it was very hard for us to decide how to organize the room. We were thinking to buy a bunk bed, but we decided this will not be safe, since they are still too young. Mademoiselle Yulia will initially sleep in a crib which will become a toddler bed in few months and Gabi will have a cool boy`s bed. Max had no objections to give up his King size mattress from the children`s room (which will be until the end of this week, just an office). We have a shopping list and hopefully by Sunday, a trip to Ikea plus on line shopping will save us.
Grandmother will arrive on May 5, but because of visa issues she will not be able to come to Kazakhstan, most likely, Ramona, my sister in law will come with me. We decided to move in an apartment in Riverdale, very close to my future job, which is also much bigger. So many other things pending, lots of adjustments, but we are optimistic!.
Pictures from our last day in Petropavlovsk! Happier than ever!
We miss them so much!