After sleeping like a complete log last night, I awoke to the coolest wake up call I've experienced to date. The hotel has their TV system tied into the phone, so my TV turned on with a non-jarring alarm and a screen that very politely told me to wake up. Very cool. Yes, I am easily amused and entertained. After inhaling a great breakfast ( I was STARVING), it was time to get ready to see the Soup! Masha arrived to pick me up and there was a surprise waiting for me in the driver's vehicle... another couple going to the same baby home.
PEOPLE! Real People! Who speak english! And are having the same emotions are me!
I warned you -- I am easily entertained. So Shelly and Wayne are from Western NY and here on their first trip, but 2nd adoption. We instantly hit it off as our eldest children should be married off soon via arranged marriage. We swear they are the same child! My deepest apoligies to Rachel, Kristine and Angela - who's sons I have also promised Tatiana's hand to.
We arrived at the baby home in no time. I could literally walk, if I knew the way. Minor details. The 2nd big surprise of the morning was that I got to go inside his groupa room! Last time I stuck my toe inside - and took a picture. The room was nice - a kitchen area and table/chairs for eating. Man - that was just the TIP of the iceberg. Soupy is living in a mansion! All I saw was room #1. There are at least 4 others. JUST FOR HIS GROUP. Half way into his kitchen room, there is a glass door to a large playroom. And there he was. I instantly spied him. He locked eyes with me and as much as I'd love to say that instantly he remembered me as his MAMA, I am sure it's more like "hey, she looks pretty familiar, I think I know that chick!". Either way, he is a doll.
We wandered through the kitchen room, in through a bathroom, with a raised child sized bath tub (I so need one of those!) into a room of closet type cubbies - one for each of the kidlets, with their name on it. Off that room there was 3 rooms -- two which I did not see, but I suspect one was maybe an office (I could hear someone talking) and one must have been the groupa bedroom. The third was a medium sized playroom with a desk in one corner. Nice, quality toys were placed throughout the room. There was a door here into the larger playroom that I could see him in via the kitchen room (imagine a big U shaped series of rooms). The door opened and in came little Soup. He played shy again for about the first 5 minutes. No tears. Just shyness. We played a little bit and then he turned it on. We were sitting down and he kept closing his eyes like he was tired. So I scooped him up to hold him and he put his little head on my shoulder and snuggled. We sat and I rocked him a little and he was perfectly content like that for probably 15 + minutes. At one point he got down and went over to see Masha, and then came right back to mama and essentially asked to be picked up again. I see a mama's boy in my future! What a great little snuggler he is.
Masha took off for a couple minutes - and not too long after that, he turned into wild, crazy fun boy. He was banging toys and loudly shouting his baby words (da da ba ba) and throwing a ball back and forth with me. So apparently he does everything in BIG fashion - he loves big and plays big!
The only down side of today was that stupid mama forgot to check her camera batteries this morning before I left. Something seems to have killed the batteries in my camera AND my optical mouse. Thankfully, the camera batteries are re-chargable and I have the recharger... but had no camera today. I did take some video, but... I can't post that here. Sorry! No teaser pictures AND no picture of the groupa mansion!
Tomorrow is court. I have been told noon and I have been told 11am. So that's either 3am or 4am eastern time tonight when you sleep. Say a couple prayers for us before bed! When you wake up -- I hope I have fabulous news for you!