Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Day 16- cuddling with Yuri

Tired of therapy.

playing with daddy.

therapy... playing with the mirror.

"Therapy is ok..."

Throwing the ball.

"...is fun!!"

Patty cake with Yuri.

God answers prayers! If you don't believe me just ask me! I feel great!

I'm still sore here and there but I don't feel sick anymore. So much so I got to visit my boys this morning. Yuri was a sweetheart! He let me rock him and we sang and did patty cake. He flipped with Daddy and had a great time! He was a little fussy but did great today. I enjoyed my day with him today more than any other.

Bohdan has started to not be too crazy about our visits. He loses interest easliy and grunts at us when he is done. It is hard to just visit like this. The boys get hungry or want to be put down or need to be changed and we can't do that stuff so we just try to pacify them. Soon they will understand that Momma and Daddy do that stuff. Soon enough, Lord willing!

When they got tired of us holding them we worked on some therapy! The boys thought it was ok for a while but not too long. I'm so thankful to God and to all Caius' therapist for teaching us some tricks. All we did today was work on sitting up and catching ourselves with our hands. It was good but we have a long way to go but the boys have so much potenial.

Well against my better judgement I gave our toys to the Nanny last visit who said the boys could play with them and then they would bring them back to us for our visit. Well.... that didn't happen. I think there was a lack of communication. When we asked for them today the Nanny, who is a sweetie, brought us some orphanage toys, the albums for the boys cribs and a mirror that I gave to one of the other crib bound boys. Oi!! I hate not being able to speak the language! I would highly recommend to anyone going to another country for adoption to learn as much of the lanuage as possible. We did a little but it was not enough.

I was planning on giving the toys to the orphanage anyway but I really wanted that other little boy to have the mirror and there are two stuffed monkeys with our voice recorded inside that I want for the Yuri and Bohdan. I'm sure it will all get straightened out but it is just hard not speaking the language!

Thank you all SO much for your prayers! please keep them coming! this is harder than I thought. I expected it to not be easy but what can prepare you for the unknown. I just thank God for His grace and peace and for you all!


  1. I hear you on this artificial visiting mode. So many constraints and so hard to truly bond or care for the kids when you are living in a fishbowl with all these restrictions.

    It will be over soon and you will be the parents in charge. Get the facilitation team on the job with the "search for missing toys". :-) Good luck with that. I expect they will show up once it is clear they were not meant as donations - not yet at least.

  2. Autumn,

    I'm so glad that you are feeling better and that you were able to see the boys today. I know things will get so much easier once you and Josh are able to care for the boys on your own. It is really hard when you can't communicate with the nannies. We will continue the prayers for all of you.

  3. So glad you are feeling better!! Still praying for you all everyday!! Don't worry, the visits get boring for everyone, it's not just your boys/you! hehe

  4. Oh dear. I made the toy mistake, too. I left my little Theo with a blue elephant rattle. When it didn't come back with him I went and used google translate to write a note..."blue elephant toy please." I didn't leave until they found it!

    Your boys are so very handsome. It must be so hard to hand them over for someone else to do the things that mommies are supposed to do. Praying for you still...