Monday, November 5, 2007
15 Days of Bonding - ACCOMPLISHED!!!
Today, we all finished our required 15 days of bonding! Next step ... COURT! I hope to find out my court date tomorrow and I hope it will be before the week is over. Until then ... I will continue visiting Noah twice a day. There are only so many pictures to take in the same room with the same toys ... and in the same Halloween outfit (6th day in a row!) and with the same people! Ha! While my pictures may not seem as NEW and different anymore ... trust me that the time I spend with Noah is priceless and my pictures don't do justice to the bonding that I feel taking place.
Today, Larissa took us to a fancy hotel here in Semey where they have a very nice spa. We listened to what they have to offer and Joanie, Shannon, and myself are going to treat ourselves to TWO HOURS of pampering before court. We are going in together to treat Larissa for the same. I can't wait! It will be so relaxing ... a sauna, a facial, a massage ... oooooooooh, now THAT'S HEAVEN!
I now have a HEATED APARTMENT! I don't feel a chill at all anymore! Aaaaaah! It's so nice. A warm place to live is just ONE of the many things I have learned to appreciate since I've been here!!!
I've been able to see the other babies in Noah's play group. There are about 8 children. They have a very cute and clean play area with an 8 ft. by 8 ft. play pen, a carpeted play area where there is a t.v. and one extra large crib. This is where they spend their days when they aren't sleeping. They also have a room full of cribs where they take naps and sleep ... but I haven't gotten to see that yet. I hope to get a picture of both areas before I leave here. I believe the caretakers take very good care of them. But ... in the 15 days I have spent at the orphanage, I have been become VERY aware of the lack of exposure for these children. I just spend 4 hours a day in the same playroom with the same people and I'm about to go STIR CRAZY!! I can't wait to get Noah out and about and show him the WORLD!!!!!
It's my understanding that the children leave the "Baby House" (Noah's orphanage) after 3 years of age. Then, they go to the "Children's House" until age 12. After that, they go to a 3rd orphanage until they are 16 or 17. If not adopted, they are given $100 in their pocket and have to hit the streets. Well, I've gotten to know and love three little babies that aren't going to have to worry about that ... Bulot (Asher), Almira (Hayden), and Ramazan (Noah)! Another single woman from GA arrived today with her mother. She is here to adopt. There is a couple from FL arriving in a few days to also adopt. Two MORE children will go to loving homes! It thrills me!!
My mother used to fill her cheeks up with air and then hit her cheeks with her hands making the air pop out. She put together this funny routine doing this. Something this simple ... and we would laugh and laugh and beg her to do it over and over again! In this video below, I fill my cheeks up with air and have Noah hit them until all the air comes out. Sometimes I have him do it with his feet and he loves that too!
It doesn't take much to entertain!