Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Day 9, October 13, 2009

Today we headed to the baby home as per the usual just after 11am. They were late feeding him so they didn’t bring him to us until almost 15 till 1. First we took him outside to explore the playground for about 30 minutes. It was chilly so we decided to take him into the gym for the rest of the visit. One of the caregivers brought up a couple children in to play with him. This was one of the first times we were allowed to interact with a child other than our own. They seemed to play well with each other overall. At one point, Bill encouraged our son to go play with the Caregiver and a young boy that was in his groupa. Our son immediately turned around and wanted Bill to pick him up. Rather this is the start of bonding, or a coincidence, we will take it!

Tonight we met several families in the White Rabbit for dinner and a play date with the kids. We enjoyed meeting with the other families and hearing about their experiences thus far. Lisa and Glenn, whom we have become very fond of, are taking Anastasia home to New Jersey tomorrow, and we wish them safe travels. Neva, her mother, Sergei and Peter will also be flying home to Oregon tomorrow. Most of the other families are leaving within the next few days as well. We wish everyone safe travels and best wishes with their forever families!

In closing, the attached photo is a pet of Artem. Looks like he was trying to escape!


  1. It is so great that you have been able to hang out with other families while you are out there. What an incredible experience to share with others.

    That picture is really cute.

  2. That's a great sign of bonding!! I remember when the orphange director went to hug or son goodbye - he turned around and reached for Troy because he thought she would take him back. It was an amazing moment - just like yours and one you won't likely forget! Glad you are doing well.

  3. Selfishing holding my breath for any news for me :o)

    I'm so happy for you both and excited for the great progress!!