Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Yeah Babies, We Got You

Masha was first. But even before we could go get her, we had to stop by the director’s office and sign some papers. The building was dark and quiet... no lights or computers running... no electricity at all. It will be off until winter to save money. Times are tough in Vorzel.

Masha was napping. I had asked if I could go into her living room to take pictures for her scrapbook and I was told that I could. So while I was snapping pics, they woke her up and brought her in and put her on the changing table. I took her outfit from my bag and began dressing her.

No no wait... it is cold outside... Masha will catch cold. You must keep her warm. And with that they brought me tights, an undershirt, a long sleeved shirt, and a white button up sweater... to go with the undies, socks, shoes, dress, and wrap I had for her. I politely declined the shirt but layered on everything else. It was so much stuff that I could not get her dress zipped up!

She looked beautiful and all her nannies were ooohing and ahhing and telling her she is a princess. Masha was very cooperative while I dressed her. She can practically dress herself. Once she was all ready, she charmed everyone by twirling around and showing off. Then we told her to go show papa and she zoomed out to the sitting area to find daddy.

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Everyone came to say goodbye to her... all the caretakers and the doctor. Masha was very excited but when it came time for the actual goodbye, she got scared and clung to her doctor. I gently pried her away and began walking her down the sidewalk toward the car. She did not like the seatbelt and did not want to be closed in the car. I was sad for her that she was so terrified but she calmed down once she snuggled on mommy and we started driving.

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Next stop, baby house #2 to pick up a nurse from the orphanage who would accompany us to the hospital to help secure Autumn’s release. The orphanage lawyer had already stopped at baby house #2, to make sure that there would not be an issue on the orphanage side seeing how Autumn’s usual doctor was on vacation, so I thought things would go smoothly... I was wrong.

At the hospital we went to a nurse’s office and asked to get Autumn. Suddenly the orphanage nurse was having a back and forth with two nurses from the hospital. Our facilitator tried to negotiate a solution and our translator ran back to the car to get our court decree. I asked her what the problem was and she explained that the orphanage nurse wanted the hospital to write up some paperwork saying that they were releasing Autumn directly to us. The hospital was insisting on releasing her to the orphanage nurse who could then transfer her to me. (Hubby and Masha were waiting in the car.) It took about 30 minutes to get the orphanage nurse to go along with the hospital’s wishes, and she insisted on seeing Autumn to determine if she thought she should be released at all.

You would all be very proud of me for sitting there patiently waiting without yelling at anyone to just give me my baby because, hello, SHE IS MINE. I did ask our translator if we could get her dressed in her gotcha outfit while they wrapped up the skirmish. Nadya asked permission and learned that the orphanage nurse, who was in “checking out Autumn” was actually dressing her to go. Two minutes later she came back with Autumn stuffed into a winter snowsuit complete with the hood pulled up over a hat that was tied down tight. I almost burst out laughing. My poor hot baby.

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The orphanage nurse, holding Autumn, was waiting for us just outside the office door. As we walked out she made no move to hand her to me. I was done waiting and being patient. I asked Nadya to tell the nurse to give Autumn to me. The woman did not flinch or change her expression or anything, so I walked over to her and smiled at her as I reached for Autumn and then extracted my child out of her grip. She hovered as if she was waiting for me to give her back, but I didn’t because I am never giving Autumn “back” to anybody.

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There is more, lots more to tell, but that was gotcha and the rest will have to wait for another post because you know, babies only sleep just so long...

31 comments:

Sally Carter said...

So excited for you all! The girls are gorgeous - AND THEY'RE YOURS!! Praying for a safe journey home for you now - well done! xxx

Becca said...

I'm sitting here crying at work, so happy that those beautiful little princesses are with their forever family. Congratulations, and safe travels.

A New Life4Lydiah said...

I am so happy for you all. The girls are so cute. I couldn't help but laugh at the first picture Autumn, she is soooo cute, love the dress. Can't believe how much clothes they make them wear in September. Praying you all have a safe flight home.

Mel said...

Woohoo!!! So happy for you!!!!

The Sanchez Family said...

YES YES YES!!!! The absolute best post of all...they are OUTTA there!

Michelle said...

they are both so adorable! So happy for your family! congratulations to everyone!

Anonymous said...

The picture of you and Masha walking away from the baby house with all the nannies in the background brought tears to my eyes. Such a joy for you and for them!

Linnea said...

I love it!
My fav pic is of mallory coming out of the orphanage and the people all watching her leave on the porch. Precious! Be blessed

Ashlee

Looking Up said...

Happy tears! Congrats! :)

"Violet" said...

Beautiful Day! Congratulations

one_plustwins said...

HAPPY GOTCHA DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Michelle said...

They are precious!!! So happy for you =)

Molly said...

Soooo how is winter in the Ukraine?? Jk, I know it's probably 75 there. They are so precious, even when they're totally overheating. SO glad you got those sweeties in your arms now.

Sandie Flannery said...

YEAH!!!!!CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!How wonderful to see them in your arms! You look radiant for someone who just had TWO babies!!!You'll have top dress Autumn in her real Gotcha outfit for us to see!

To Love Endlessly said...

woooooo!! congratulations! just awesome, awesome news!! :-) Both your girls look gorgeous, even Autumn in her lil snowsuit. hehe

Leah and Tony Beasley said...

Wow, they are your babies now. I remember the adventure of bringing them home. How exciting. Did you adopt from 2 orphanages? Thats really neat. Im proud for you guys!

Shelly said...

What a picture seeing your babies snuggling up to you...what a day, what a celebration. They are with their family. So happy for all of you.

Cole said...

Happy- happy Gotcha day sweet family!!!! Oh my gosh- it's real and it's here! Good for you for being patient. I'm sure all those nannies found it bittersweet- so happy for the girls to have their forever family but so sad to see them go. They are beautiful- those outfits- my gosh - what little princesses!

Lisa S. said...

You guys are my heros. I am seriously crying right now. To see two such sweet people rescue two sweet babies...well, it just warms my heart. You know that Masha is one of my favorites. To see her safe and in your arms makes a fairy tale real. I cannot wait until all of our babies are home. I want to see you and your family some day. Travel safe!!

Leah said...

Patience! Thank you for giving me a lesson in patience in the midst of an argument you don't understand!! I suspect there may be a couple of those in my future.

Rochelle said...

Congratulations! So happy you have those beautiful girls. Happy Gotcha day to all of you!

G-Zell said...

Congrats! This is so exciting! :)

Julie said...

I do not know how I will contain myself on our gotcha day! You were amazing! Congratulations! The girls are adorable and Masha's dress is so beautiful; I'm sure Autumn is wearing something equally lovely under all those ridiculous layers!

Kristin said...

Congratulations!!!!!

Mom2FourLittleEs said...

AWESOME! This made my day!

Tina said...

Congratulations!!!! What a day! The girls look absolutely lovely, I did have to laugh though when you said Autumn came out stuffed into a snowsuit....and all I see you wearing is a t-shirt? Whats with the over dressing? But who cares, now you have your girls and thats all that matters!! can't wait to read the next part!

DownTownDan said...

Congratulations - this is an amazing post and a wonderful beginning to your story.

Mer said...

What beautiful pictures, beautiful girls! I can't imagine how special this day must have felt - it must be the best feeling ever! :) Congratulations! These girls are so blessed to have you (just as you are so blessed to finally have them to hold as well)!

hartelijk said...

Jippieeee,
praise God, your baby's are right where they belong....WITH YOU!!!!!
Happy Gotcha Day!

Lacey said...

I'm dying to know if you made it home or not! We are here surviving. just passing the time until we can go home. Court is still on for Wednesday, although our interpols haven't come back either. Yulia didn't seem to concerned about it. If it wasn't so dang cold here we could pass time faster by wandering. But we'd freeze!

Anonymous said...

Your pictures of the girls are wonderful. Sweet Masha is beautiful in her princess dress. Autumn looks like my own when she was a baby. Your pictures made me cry. SOOOOO happy for you all.

Love,

Stephanie Lynch (adopting Anastaysia)

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