Yesterday Micah made a few big steps toward bonding! One was happy, and that is that in the morning he decided he’d take a little nap right on my lap. Yep, one happy Momma! Then in the afternoon when we were leaving he cried when Mike laid him in his crib then quieted as soon as he was picked up. So sad to leave him crying (he started again just as we got out the door the second time), but it is a good thing that he is starting to bond with us and not want us to leave.
Dasha is ready to go PLAY. Yesterday and today we haven’t been to the playroom because of illness of either our kids or someone else’s- not exactly sure. So we have had our visits in Daniil’s room instead. Unfortunately that means no floor time whatsoever for either of the kids which Dasha really enjoys. Hopefully later in the week we’ll be able to go back to the playroom again with the kids and roll around, swing, etc.
Tonight Natalia will be taking the train back to Kiev and will come back on the Saturday night train. We have court at 9am on Monday morning and Mike and Natalia will both take the Monday night train back to Kiev. Mike is going to try to get an appointment with the US Embassy for Tuesday morning and a flight home for Tuesday night or Wednesday.
It looks like I will be bunking up with one of the other American families while Mike’s gone. One couple has court on Thursday and then begins their 10 day wait. They have two children that will be joining them over here 7 days after their court. But there are still 3-4 days that it will just be the 4 of us then 7 of us for 3 days before they are ready to head off. I’ll have another 3 or 4 days before I can get Emma and Micah after that. It’s better than 12 days by myself though! We’ll see what happens, but this is the idea we’re kicking around at the moment anyway.
Here’s the basic timeline from here:
Monday, Feb 18th- our court date for Emma and Micah
Tuesday, Feb 19th- Our day 1 of 10 for the appeals period (and Dasha’s 5th birthday!)
Wednesday, Feb 20th- Mike flies home
Monday, Feb 24th- Kristopher’s 4th birthday!
Friday, Feb 29th (LEAP DAY!)- Emma Hope and Micah Daniel leave the orphanage for the last time! Begin paperwork for Birth certificates and passports
March 5-11th- hoping to fly home around this time…. If I understand everything correctly!