Actually it's from Ohio to Ukraine, back to Ohio, then to China

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

day 25

All the paperwork has been completed for court and the adoption. It looks like court will be next Wednesday 08/13 or Thursday 08/14. We're planning on heading home on Friday afternoon and getting home around midnight. We're looking forward to seeing everyone. The name we have chosen for our son is Wesley Kirill. We decided to keep his current name as his middle name because we thought it fit him.
We've been visiting our little guy every day. I am also happy to report that he is getting more comfortable with us. Today he only cried a little when the orphanage workers handed him to us, and this is a great improvement from an all out sob. Then when we left today, I set him on the play mat with the other children. He was fine until we headed for the door, and then he started crying. He was looking at up with his lower lip sticking out and tears in his eyes - SO adorable!! Who would have ever thought I would be so happy to see my son cry?? But it's so nice to see that he actually enjoys having us around! At first we were very concerned because he hated for us to hold him and he would cry if he could see an orphanage worker. I think he was trying to get them to take him and hold him.
We were also noticing today that he is getting a lot better with his hands. He is able to manipulate toys with more dexterity than a week ago. He is also putting things in his mouth, even though I know the workers don't like them to do that. We want him to put things in his mouth and feel the different textures and flavors, so that will help with the transition to eating food. I took out the tape measure to get his measurements for clothing, and that turned out to be his favorite toy to play with today. We had a box of crayons, and he slobbered all over the box and tore it apart, so we had to throw it out. He's sucking his thumb more - good because it works the muscles in his mouth and throat.
He is also vocalizing more. We aren't sure what he's saying as it is mostly babble, but it's still good to hear. He almost said the word "dog" the other day! We're working on it...
We've been doing lots of walking. I've been reading my adoption books on attachment and bonding. We only get a few television channels in English, so BBC is on pretty much all the time. All that is on BBC is about the Olympics and it repeats about every two hours, but it's better than nothing!! They've even been talking about the start of football season, so we're excited to watch Ohio State and the Bengals. We should be home in time for the start of the season!! The weather has been nice - it is almost 2:00p and the temperature is 76 degrees.
Love - Staci and Damon
(WOW - this post is long, I guess I had a lot to say!)


Kevin and Tammy said...

Good to hear from you. Sounds like things are moving along.

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear the bonding is going well!! Lots of families say that the orphanage workers don't want adoptive parents to do this or that, but most parents don't listen and do what they want. :) After all, he is going to be YOUR son, not theirs. Good luck with any remaining paperwork before court & good luck with the court process. Can't wait to see pics of Wesley!!
Susan & Truman

DoveFamily said...

Sounds like things are going great. And honestly, his intial crying when you guys were first around sounds promising on the attachment front!

Can't wait to finally see your Wesley!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the updating, I am following your blog daily,and am very excited for your family ( even though you don't know me) your family is in our prayers.
We are hoping to travel next year... God bless the 3 of you.

cheryl from NC

Vince , Shelly and Maddie said...

Very cool name!
He'll be a terrific Buckeye!

Kathy and Matt said...

So glad to hear your plans are in place. It will be nice for you to get home briefly. I'm sure seeing family and friends will be a welcome event.

It sounds like you are bonding nicely with your son. His reaction to you leaving is a good sign.

Keep posting. We love following your journey!

Conethia and Jim Bob said...

I am so excited for you two. Your little Wesley sounds wonderful. I pray for your safe return home.

Chris and Celeste said...

Love to hear your news. Looking foward to seeing pictures of Wesley after your court date. God Bless.

Payne's said...

So glad to hear from you and that all is going in your favor. We are anxiously awaiting pictures of Wesley.

We are in the final stages of preparing to leave here...when you already have kids and pets it takes a bit of time to lay things out for the care taker(s). Even more challenging that they will begin school while we are away!

Hugs and love,

LisaMarie said...

Everything sounds like it's going well. Isn't it strange how differently we view child development in the US?

It's good that you'll be able to come home for a short time, get any last minute items, hug your dogs, etc. Did you actually make a registry for anything? What can we get you! We want to buy something! :) I'll try to see if you're on tomorrow and maybe we can Skype chat or try my ghetto microphone again. :)

Ruslan, Inna and Victor said...

Glad to see your updates! We're following your journey and praying. Trust me - time will fly by quick and you'll be home with your precious son!

Christine said...

Great to hear Staci! You are already a wonderful mother!

Tami said...

Sounds like you're making great progress on the attachment process! And LOVE the name! :)

Cara & Doug said...

Sounds so much liek our little Hannah when we first met her! I remember the days when I thought, "she hates me! What are we doing?" because she would sob when the orphanage workers left her with us. It does get better, and they do look forward to seeing you!
I look forward to reading more about your adventure. I remember each feeling you talk about. Makes me ready to go get #2!

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