Saturday, March 7, 2009

Reunited and It Feels So Good

Happy "Women's Day"! Nope - I am not kidding! It's "Women's Day" here in Russia. The closest thing I can compare it to is Mother's Day for all women. The restaurant here in the Vlad Motor Inn is more crowded than I have ever seen before. I should have known something was up because they kept bringing in more and more tables while I was eating breakfast.

So since it's "Women's Day", I guess it's only appropriate that I got to spend my day with Little T! Yea! We headed out on the journey to see her around 11am this morning and arrived at her baby home just before noon. The whole building smelled like they were baking bread. It was lunch time so we waited for a few minutes while T had some food. Finally I heard those little footsteps coming down the hallway. She was here!

As suspected her curls are gone. She's now got what I'll call a "shaggy Dorothy Hamil". No biggie - hair grows! I can tell she'll be fighting those curls though at times in her life -- as even shorter some of it wants to curl! Isn't always when you have straight hair, you want curly and vice versa? Either way, she's as cute as a button.

The first 3 minutes or so she was NOT a happy camper. She must have been thinking - you rushed me through lunch to see 3 strangers? At 2, my guess is she doesn't remember me much from 4 months ago - and I am not sure how many times she got to see the picture book I left. She cried some pretty big tears - but you could tell she was just scared. But after a quick 3 minutes, she started to warm up. And then she was perfection, once again!

We looked at pictures - some of the first trip and some of home, kitties, grandparents, etc. And then she discovered my bag. She wanted to see what was inside and we she could see. It wasn't a nosey, naughty, tearing through the bag, but a curiousity. Sergei, my driver, started a game where she brought an item to him and then he'd say (in Russian), "bring it back to mama". And she did! She even whispered "mama" to me a couple times.

She's VERY inquisitive! She saw the zipper on the little bag that I keep my Flip video in and wanted to see how it works. She then saw me pushing the red "record" button on the Flip - and then she had to do it too! Riley's going to have a lot of "teaching" to do, Jenni - because judging by today -- T is one curious girl!! Reminds me of some girlies I know!!

Court is Tuesday -- I'll keep updating here, because let's face it -- I have nothing much else to do!! Last but not least, it appears my spell check is not cooperating, so please forgive any typos. Paka from Vlad!

22 comments:

Kim Abraham said...

Yay! Glad you made it to Vlad safe and sound and had a great visit with Little T today. It's wonderful that you'll get to visit her again before court. I'll be stalking your blog for updates! :0)

Pamela said...

You may be talking about International Women's Day. I'll have to remind S. A couple of years ago, her nanny told her about it, and S made her husband celebrate it in regards to her and the nanny. Now, he has sooo many girls in the family to celebrate. It has it's roots in NY & I don't know why we don't celebrate it. Glad you're having a good time with Little T. Good luck with your court date. Kisses to Little T.

Sara said...

It seems like I've been waiting years to hear this post!! I'm thrilled for you and can't wait to hear more!!

Happy Women's Day to you both!!

Rhonda said...

crying (no big surprise)

can't wait to see pics!

Lindsay said...

Happy International Women's Day - Hannah and I will be going out for lunch to spoil ourselves! :) It's celebrated right across the old Soviet Union, so may as well take advantage of being celebrated for a day!

So glad your reunion with T. went well. She sounds absolutely wonderful! We're just moving into the 'terrible twos' and what a great age it looks like being :)

Barb said...

So nice to hear about your time together! Keep up posted!

jeanette wunderly said...

Congratulations on FINALLY being reunited! I'm so happy it went well. Good Luck at court!!!!

Tiger & Kar said...

Yay! I'm so happy the reunion went well. Looking forward to reading about court on Tuesday!

Nancy said...

I'm so glad to hear your update! Glad you've been reunited with T! Happy Women's Day!
PS--I'm curious if the Vlad Motor Inn upgraded you to a suite? And did you run into any other adoptive parents there yet?

findingourdaughter said...

So happy you two saw each other finally! Praying for a smooth, easy quick court for you!
Big hugs from FL,
Angie

Roger and Joanne said...

Congrats on a beautiful reunion with T! Her hair will be long by the summer is here.
Best of luck with court! I want details.
Yea...are there any other families at the motel? And how are those fluffy pancakes? Still there?

Tamara said...

YEA! I'm so glad that you got to see her and that she's warmed back up to you so quickly. Good luck with court. You'll be brilliant I am sure! Paka and hugs!!

Heather said...

What an awesome day for you and Little T! I can't wait to see pictures. So have you met any other adopting parents yet? Keep the updates coming!

Joy said...

Oh what I reunion. I am so excited for you!! I can not believe that she is in your arms. I can not wait to see a picture of her. I know just what you mean about straight hair verses curls. I have learned to embrace my straight hair.
Joy

Troy and Rachel said...

So glad you made it there safe and don't worry about talking to yourself I do it it too. Was I supposed to admit that?!?! I'm glad your little girl warmed up and it'll only get better from here on out!

Nichole said...

Your post made me smile! I am so happy for you and little T!

Mike and Heidi Lee said...

Oh, what a sweet day to be reunited with T!!! Our reunion with Bradyn was a tearful one as well, as a matter of fact he cried every time we went and saw him, which was NOT the same experience as our first trip. We think that he was crying because they had been telling him "Mama and Papa were coming to take him" and I think he had no idea what that meant, but it sounded scarey to the little tyke. Sounds like T warmed up right away! How is the music in the restaurant? We sure miss those songs!! Can't wait to read more...enjoy!!

Jules Sandweg said...

Yay, Mama! I can't wait to see all of the pics to go with the narrative. God's blessings to you and Little T!

Much love,

Jules

Laura said...

Another fellow blog stalker living vicariously through you! So happy to hear of your wonderful visit with Little T.

Keep the updates coming and we'll keep the prayers going that all continues to go smoothly.

~Laura

Julie McGuirk said...

Congrats, Amy. I remember feeling how you do right now not that long ago... try to hang on to every moment, every smell, every sight... it goes by so fast. Wishing you the best of luck during your stay.
Julie McGuirk

Eric & Becky said...

We are so excited for you. Good luck in court and just remember that it is more of a formality so try not to be too nervous. We can't wait to see pictures and hear more about Little T. Congratulations!!

The C. Crew said...

So glad you made it safely! What did you think of the hotel in SK?

Good luck in court tomorrow. You are going to do great!!!!!!!!