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Monday, May 11, 2009

Happy Boy and Happy Mama

Trip 2 Day 4

What a difference a day makes! Garrett was all smiles today. When I walked into the babyhouse, he caught sight of me, smiled that huge gummy smile, shrieked with joy and started bouncing up and down in his little chair. It was such a nice welcome that I almost floated away with happiness. Garrett smiled and babbled away as I changed him into his "americanski" clothes, it was as if he had so much to tell me. Usually he is so quiet, bu today he couldn't stop talking!

In the music room Garrett showed me all of his new tricks. He can sit up all by himself. He can babble "dadadadadada."
But his favorite thing is hamming it up for the camera! Today, we hardly got a single decent picture of my incredibly cute boybecause whenever I held up my camera, he would either squint his eyes closed...

or stick out his tongue.

Even Mommy got in on the action.

He was really really smily today, but you'll just have to take my word for it!

So we played and laughed and cuddled. Then Makhabbat disapeared for a moment and reappeared with none other than... the yellow bowling pin bear! Talk about excitement! Even more exciting is that this particular bowling pin bear is ours to keep. Makhabbat talked to the head of the caregivers who said we could take him home! Wow. We better head for the plane before they change their minds.

Speaking of planes, we are off tomorrow! Eeek! We won't be able to write, so here is the plan so that you all know what is going on in the absence of my usual blog post. Caroline and I will head to Shcuchinsk at 8:30. We will sign some papers at a local notary and pick up his birth certificate and adoption certificate. Then we will head to the babyhouse for our usual 1.5 hour visit. We will give Garrett back to the caregivers for his nap and Caroline and I will have lunch in Schuchinsk. Then we will return to the babyhouse. The caregivers will give Garrett his gruel and compote. They we will officially take custody and head for the airport! We will arrive at the airport at 6pm. Someone from the agency will meet us there and give us Garrett's passport. Then we will wait and wait and wait for our plane to depart for Almaty at 10pm. We will arrive in Almaty in the wee hours of the morning and be taken to a local apartment where we will (hopefully) all fall fast asleep. What a day! Wish us luck!

For now we are off to a restaurant to eat shashleek (kabobs) for Teri's birthday. Tomorrow is her court date too. It's a big day for everyone!



The Gobble's (Lanetta) said...

absolulty precious!!! :-)
so thrilled for you!

Rayna said...

what a happy guy :) good luck! i will be thinking and praying for you!!

Anonymous said...

Our very own bowling pin bear!!! - Life is good. Be safe and enjoy hours and hours with our boy tomorrow!
- Tim and Cal.

Anonymous said...

I wanted to tell you to see if you could get one of those most favorite bowling bears and bring it home for Garrett as a reminant from Kazahkstan . Its seems as if the Universe has solved that problem for us. Ah the fateful hand of Providence...

Be safe tomorrow and congratulations!

ps: Will this then be your "Gottcha Day," as they say?

Auntie CAS

ault family said...

Congrats! Love the funny faces and posing for the camera! :) Yeah! You finally get to spring the little fella from the orphanage and bring him to his forever home!!!


Sam,Ryan and Gabby said...

Garrett is just adorable! We are so excited to see these photos and that you have finally been reunited, we missed the updates and your blog! Best wishes to you tomorrow, that is a big day! We can't wait to meet Garrett soon, I can't believe you are finally on your way home with your boy.
Sam, Ryan, and Gabby

patrice said...

Hi Rebecca and Caroline,
Rebecca, I'm at your house now.
Cal. is down for a nap, Kathy has gone to the crafts store in search of a A and T. (Really (:-) She's going to add his name to the outdoor play structure. CALVIN & GARRETT. Too cute! Speaking of cute today's blog entry was so special. I loved the pictures and the fact that you will very soon be home with your sweet little baby.
All My Love,
Aunt Patrice

Channing said...

What a cutie that boy is! I'm SO excited that tomorrow is THE day. We have been talking about this day for a year and a half and tomorrow is it! It's 3:15am your time. I wonder if you can possibly sleep or if you're way too excited. Can't wait to have all 4 of you home for good on Sat!


P.S. Hello to Caroline. What a nice big sis to go on this journey with you!

Anonymous said...

We're so happy for you. I loved reading about Garrett's smiling day. All the best to all of you on the journey home. With Love, Linda and Vince.

Anonymous said...

I am so excited I can hardly stand it! In a few short hours Garrett will be with his loving Mom and Auntie and almost on the plane home.
Today's blog brought me to happy tears! He is such a doll and good thing he is getting chatty since soon he will have to keep up with Calvin!

Love you so much!


Holly said...

Safe travels home.
We are praying for you.

Dean and Janie said...

Congratulations Becca! Blessings for a safe and fun trip home.