Heading into the Weekend…

5 Dec

Yesterday for my birthday, we had cake and mocha lattes at The Traveller’s Cafe.  The mochas actually tasted like mochas so they were yummy but the cafe’s desserts were way too expensive to enjoy except on my birthday.

Our visit was at 3 p.m. again on Thursday.  Colin is getting used to us little by little.  He does seem to sometimes feign crying when a caregiver comes in to get supplies.  It seems like he sees crying as a way to get their attention, which is interesting since some children in orphanages learn to stay quiet because crying will not get their caregivers’ attention.  I guess it depends on the orphanage, caregivers and child; every situation is different.  Colin does not like for us to put him down during our visits.  This has not changed from our first trip.  He wants to be held as much as possible, probably because it is not something he gets enough of in his everyday life.  We are happy to accommodate him because we have missed him so much for the past 5 months.

Today, Friday, we didn’t do much here at the hotel.  We went to Mick’s Cafe (“MNKC” in Russian) for the second time this week for lunch.  The restaurant is near the hotel and it is cafeteria-style.  I was craving soup because I’ve developed a sore throat.  The food was yummy.  We both chose chicken blinies (ble-nees) and a comforting soup that might have been made of carrots and some unknown stuff.  I had a “salad” of green beans and cabbage (served cold) and mashed potatoes.  Alan had a pork ball with mashed potatoes. 

We had a nap before we went to the baby home to visit Colin.  Today he seemed to be even more receptive and comfortable with us.  However, his tummy had some uhhhh…blow outs.  ‘Fortunately, the caregivers had put a diaper on him today and the diaper held the problem.  We had to have them help us change him two times.  We got to see how the caregivers usually handle this with him.  He is stripped waist down and his pullover is taken off (not his undershirt).  He was put in a little bucket in the big enamel bath tub.  The caregiver sprayed his behind with water.  Then she got his towel off his numbered hook. He was toweled down and then she laid him back on the changing pad/changing table and put his diaper on.  Then, we started putting all his clothes and his shoes back on.  There was maybe a 20 minute break between his two big tummy episodes so we got worried that we were going to spend most of our visit with tummy problems.  Fortunately, his tummy seemed to calm down after the last episode and we could get back to loving and playing.  Colin has babbled a little during our play today so it has been nice to hear his voice.  He seemed happy to see that I remembered to wear my necklace (from the first trip) today.  I’d forgotten it yesterday and he really seemed to notice that I wasn’t wearing it.

Colin is sucking his thumb less during our visits which is good.  He is studying our faces more.  Yesterday he stared me down.  Today, he looked at Alan lots more and had Alan read a book to him over and over while he ate his snack.  He also enjoyed his “That’s Not My Snowman”  touchy-feely book today. 

We hope to visit a local church on Sunday where an American is pastor.  On Sunday afternoon, we are also going to go see a performance of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” at the performance hall right by our hotel.  The tickets are a birthday present from our adoption facilitator and driver.

Please pray that my throat will heal and that we will have a pleasant, restful weekend.  We don’t get to see Colin until Monday so he will be getting his last break from us.  The little boy in his groupa will be picked up tomorrow by his parents.  We are excited that, God willing, we will be able to pick up Colin next Saturday.  Continue to pray that Colin’s transition into our care will go smoothly.


6 Responses to “Heading into the Weekend…”

  1. Marcia December 5, 2008 at 8:50 am #

    Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday, except for the sore throat part. I so appreciate this blog. We’re ready to know Colin, too, and this is wonderful. I sit and weep like an old auntie… ooops, I am an old auntie. I can’t wait to pinch cheeks and tell him how big he is getting.

  2. Marie December 5, 2008 at 9:10 am #

    All your visits with Colin sound wonderful. He sounds like a sweetie. I am very curious what region you are in (I can’t find anywhere where you posted it). It sounds very much like our region. Especially when you said Traveller’s Cafe. Does it happen to be located across from a hotel???

  3. Stephanie December 5, 2008 at 12:39 pm #


    I am so glad to hear that your visits with Colin are getting more relaxing and he is becoming more comfortable with you!

    I can’t wait to see pictures on GOTCHA DAY!

  4. Teresa December 5, 2008 at 3:59 pm #

    Hello!! Happy Belated Birthday and Congratulations that court is over and it is now official!!! I am just finally catching up on your blog. I am so happy for you all! I am now going to read your story – Be well and enjoy the rest of your trip!

  5. Alexandra December 6, 2008 at 12:55 pm #

    So happy to read of someone actually THERE! Best wishes on bringing your little guy home–we have two big ones with plenty of activity, too.

  6. Julie E December 6, 2008 at 1:42 pm #

    Praying you feel better. The mochas sound yummy. Happy Belated Birthday! Just a week till you get him! Have a good weekend. Hope you are able to visit the church tomorrow. Sounds like things are going well.

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