Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
What a crazy 24 hours this has been! The kids were supposed to arrive at 9am on Tuesday, but we got a call just about 8am that the train had been delayed (actually they said canceled first, and my heart about dropped) five hours and now they weren't expected until 1pm. Mom and I decided to nap a little and read, while many of the others went out shopping. Good thing we stayed in the hotel-- the kids actually arrived at 11am, and several of the parents weren't even there to greet them :( We all hung out in the lobby until every baby had a mommy or daddy with them, then split up for some quiet time. The kids all seemed a little stunned at the commotion, and they didn't seem to quite know who we were. Mom, Noelle and I went up to the room and played for a while-- you can see from the first picture that she was all smiles. Then she completely conked out, sleeping for 3 hours. Some more play later in the day, and dinner in the bar with some friends and we were ready for bed again! Noelle slept like a rock, from about 7:30pm to 7:45am-- too bad Mom and I did not sleep as well. This morning, after breakfast, we went to the SOS International Medical clinic. The exam they gave Noelle was brief, but they said all looked good. They took some blood, and those test results will be back tomorrow.. The most interesting thing about the clinic is that we met other families adopting that are not in our group-- one family had actually adopted their daughter from Kyrgystan (I know that's not the right spelling!) but since there is no US consulate there, they had to come to Almaty for processing. After the clinic we came back the hotel and after a little play, Noelle was ready for a nap-- I just hope these good sleep patterns hold when we get home! You will see in the last picture above that Noelle is pretty intrigued by her new manner of dress-- in the hotel room, I took off her heavy tights and just had her pants on-- and she was soooo cute pulling up the legs of her pants to check out her naked little legs! I can guarantee that she never hung out with bare legs in the baby house, so she was completely intrigued. Very funny. And the last two photos are friends of ours-- Holly and her son Foxx and Eileen and her daughter Mariah. It is so great that we are all back here together-- tonight, Holly has proposed a "bath party" to see the kids through their first real bath. We will see what happens!
Monday, January 14, 2008
No kids yet, but that is okay since we are still getting our bearings (Mom slept about 4 hours this afternoon). The kids arrive tomorrow at 9am, and we were just joking that this should be our big night, the last night of freedom-- but nobody can muster any energy to do anything about it! Just about all of the families have arrived-- the last 2 couples arrive some time tonight.
That's it for now-- new pics of Noelle tomorrow (yay!)
Friday, January 11, 2008
Can I say that if I'm flying Lufthansa? (I've probably infringed on some kind of copyright or trademark from whatever airline coined that phrase!) Anyway, my mom and I are off to Kazakhstan tomorrow (Saturday) evening!! We will fly through Germany, and will arrive in the wee hours of Monday morning. I am getting more excited the closer we get to leaving, and even the fact that I am not packed cannot bring me down. Ironic, huh--considering I was packed for the first trip in October? We have a short layover in Frankfurt, no time for sightseeing this time around. But that's okay-- Noelle already has her first gift from Germany, via Clearwater, FL. One of the beautiful gifts she received at the baby shower was a Hummel figurine from a family friend, Kay--Noelle is starting her collection early. I have found a place of honor for it in her room-- far above her grabby little hands! Now I just have to find a place for the picture my niece Grace drew for us for the shower-- she is a great little artist and I was so happy she could be there.. Thanks, Grace!
Talk to you from Almaty!
Monday, January 7, 2008
On Saturday, my sister Ann (that's her in the blue, in the top pic), my mom and my Aunt Connie hosted a baby shower for me--and let me tell you, Noelle now has everything a little girl could ask for! Okay, there was no pony, but she still did pretty darn good. She got tons of clothes that will put her on the "best dressed" lists for years to come. She also got some of the good old standby's-- a stroller, 2 car seats, an exersaucer/activity table, bath toys, blankets, stuffed animals-- you name it! Each of the guests also brought their favorite book, to help me get Noelle's library started, and Ann got me the cutest bookcase ever, in the shape of a doll house. Ann and my friend Debbie also collaborated on a wonderful scrapbook for Noelle with pictures and excerpts from my blog. And Debbie and her husband Chris have made Noelle a little storybook about how she ended up my daughter-- it is amazing! Chris even made me a CD, setting the pages of the book to music. I have very cool family and friends :) And speaking of cool, proof positive that adoptive parents are some of the coolest people out there, my friend Holly, who adopted Foxx at the same time I adopted Noelle, even sent me a gift!
P.S.-- check out the photos of the tables! We put together a travel theme-- little suitcases, filled with baby gear, luggage tags inscribed with Noelle's name & the date, and these great passports we put together with Noelle's picture, birth date, adoption date etc. It all looked so great!!
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
And I only have a little over a week to go! On January 12th, my mother and I will fly from JFK to Almaty (via Frankfurt) to pick up Noelle. All of the families who traveled in my group will be returning at the same time, so it will be a nice little reunion. Given the chance, I might have chosen a sunny locale for our next meeting, but it will be exciting to see all of the kids-- maybe all those warm fuzzy feelings will keep our toes warm too!
Noelle has been on my mind, of course-- the other day, my sister caught me watching videos of her. And I have had approximately 300 pictures developed-- I couldn't bear to leave any one out, even the blurry ones! And I am getting ready for my baby shower-- it is this Saturday, and I cannot wait to show off all of those pictures to my friends..