3 Dec

Today we didn’t visit Colin until after 3 p.m. We spent the earlier part of our day in our hotel room taking our time getting ready for the day.  We went to a restaurant near the children’s store for lunch.  It is a cafeteria style restaurant but we still felt silly when we tried to communicate what we wanted.  Our knowledge of Russian food words is very lacking.  We still managed to have yummy lunches there and learned that we need to ask for “Cola” if we want a Coca-Cola.  They don’t respond to a request for “Coke.”  The coldest parts of our bodies during our walk were our fingertips.  We warmed up half-way home by looking in the children’s store again. Back at the hotel, Alan puttered around with his music and I started my cross stitch sampler.

Once at the baby home, we were put in a little room by ourselves with a still-sleepy Colin who’d just woken from his nap.  He acted like he didn’t feel good again.  We fed him some cheerios and tried to interest him in bubbles.  He was all snuggly and snotty nosed so we think he has a cold.  At 4:00 a caregiver brought in his snack, a big yummy looking roll with a little bit of sugar sprinkled on top, and a warm glass of milk.  We sat him in his little chair and let him start to work on his roll.  We had to tell him to “stoy” or “stop” a few times to make sure he wasn’t eating too quickly.  We caught glimpses of his teeth.  He now has 8 and most of them seem to be on the bottom.  After he finished his roll, Alan helped him a little with his mug of milk but Colin did pretty well by himself.  Once he is with us full-time, we will be feeding him and giving him his drinks but this is all comforting for him right now so we don’t want to change anything from his routine in the baby home.

He rested some in my arms and we thought he might even have a little fever.  It was very noisy next door where all the other children in his groupa were playing.  He’d sometimes raise his head from resting to listen to them.  When they’d brought him in, they’d acted like they wanted to give us his blankie but the caregiver didn’t seem to know which one was his (which makes us think he doesn’t get to keep his blankie with him in his crib/bed).  Colin seemed to like holding his little blankie when he was with us today.  He sucked his thumb so much.  It is sad for us to see how calloused his left thumb is but it is his way of self-soothing and we can’t do anything about it right now.  We hope to ease him off it with a pacifier and help him to learn that we are going to be available to comfort him when he is uncomfortable or afraid.

Colin has some little red bumps on his hands, arms, and cheeks so we are a little concerned that he either has an allergic reaction to something or has scabies.  We have medicine for scabies if that is what it ends up being (we are hoping it isn’t but know that this is a common illness with children from orphanages).

Colin really liked sitting in my lap and watching Alan play with the stacking cups.  Alan got him very interested in the cups and Colin played with them from the safety of my lap.  Colin also enjoyed watching Alan play with the toy ball.  He would throw it back and forth with Alan.  His little feet looked ready to kick so we helped him as best we could to try to kick the ball (he refused to stand up).  He was able to kick it from his safe seat and he really seemed to enjoy this.  Maybe we have a little soccer player in the making 🙂

We are hoping Colin feels better soon!  Please pray that our visits will help ease Colin’s transition to our care.  We are going to see him again tomorrow (Thursday) at 3:00 p.m.. I’m praying God will give me Colin’s smile for my birthday present.  I remember that God answered my prayer in July when I was wanting to hear Colin’s sweet laugh so I’m trusting that Colin will be more happy tomorrow when we visit.

Please forgive us if we haven’t responded to many of your comments or emails.  We have to pay for Internet use at our hotel so our priority is with posting updates and we are trying to limit our email usage until we get back to the free Internet in Moscow.

Thanks for stopping by,



8 Responses to “Post-Naptime…”

  1. Julie E December 3, 2008 at 9:45 am #

    Its so hard when your child is not feeling well. Mine just want to be held when they feel bad. Sounds like that is what Colin needs too. Thanks for the updates. Praying Colin starts to feel better soon!

  2. Bill Weedman December 3, 2008 at 10:11 am #

    Thanks for providing the link to your posts. Janet and I are enjoying keeping up on your daily activities. Janet is very new to using the computer so this is providing her the avenue to get on and learn how to use the internet. We will enjoy seeing you as family upon your return. Time appears to be passing quickly for you both. And by the way —- HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Heather. If my memory is active Heather’s Birthday is either Dec. 3rd or 4th. Our prayers are with you both for continued ease in your transition as a family.

  3. Shelly December 3, 2008 at 11:55 am #

    Hey guys,
    I love reading your updates. It makes me feel like I am right there with you. I hope that Colin gets to feeling a lot better soon. Know that your church family is praying for you! I can’t wait to hear more updates on him and I can’t wait until you guys are home enjoying your life with your sweet son.
    Shelly F.

  4. Michelle December 3, 2008 at 1:34 pm #

    I love your updates! Don’t worry about responding. I also love hearing how Colin snuggles in your laugh. And what a present it would be if he smiles for you tomorrow. 🙂

  5. Elizabeth December 3, 2008 at 4:56 pm #

    We are praying little Colin feels better for your visit. Happy Birthday.
    God Bless,

  6. Calli and Clint December 4, 2008 at 11:17 am #

    Happy Birthday Heather!!! Oh yeah I heard that Colin’s b-day was pretty close to someone ele’s b-day!!!

    Love ya’ll!!!


  7. Jessica Smith December 4, 2008 at 7:26 pm #

    We are praying for you guys and also that Colin feels better very soon. Please let us know if there is anything here at home that you need or that we can do since we are right across the street from your house!

    Jessica, John, and Emma Smith

  8. Candy December 5, 2008 at 10:29 am #

    Heather, So glad you were able to visit with your son! I cannot wait for him to be all yours.
    I read about the bumps. Igor had bumps too. He still gets them once in a while. They aren’t scabbies but an allergic reaction to soap. Praying it will be as simple as that for you!

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