10pm 5/5/11. I just got to the apartment in Odessa. What a LONNNNNNNG (but productive) day!
The train ride was fine. I hardly slept. I'm not sure why. I was tired enough after not really sleeping on the airplane and getting my sleep interrupted in my hotel by phone calls in Kiev.
Let me back up a bit. We got to VIP Hotel in Izmail around 9:30 a.m. Roman went right to the courthouse to pick up the adoption decree. I had 20 minutes to shower and be downstairs. We had to go to the orphanage right away for documents. Babuskha (Brandon’s grandmother) and her son (Brandon's uncle) were there to say good bye. They both gave me the biggest possible hugs, thanked me over and over for adopting him and made me promise to take very good care of him and keep in touch. She gave him a gift (remote control car) and best of all she gave me TWO baby pictures of him! I was thrilled beyond belief! Baby pictures are not something most adoptive parents get to see.
|Brandon saying Good Bye to his Deputy Director at the orphanage|
One thing I thought was funny was he had told his Uncle 'both my mama and my papa play futbol" and his uncle told me that and then gave me the biggest hug. Right before we left the orphanage to go run errands, I was able to take a picture of the Babuska, uncle and Brandon. I was SO glad about that.
Anyway, we went to the notary, then to vital records for birth certertificate, then we had to go to a place for what is the equivalent of a US social security number. He needed his new "social security" card. Bad news. The office closed at 1 and it was now 4pm!!! It just so "happened" that our cab driver's mom works there and had a friend that was still on duty at 4pm and we were able to get his new card. If we hadn't been able to get his card at 4pm, we would have had to stay the night in Izmail pushing everything back a full day.
Next he changed into his new clothes. He actually left the orphanage with not even the clothing on his back. He had to return ALL of his shredded clothing (including socks and underwear) to the orphanage. Once he had changed into the clothing we bought for him back in the States, he placed the clothing that belonged to the orphanage in the plastic bag and we all got in the taxi to drop it off at the orphanage. He said in English "Bye Bye Internot" (Internot is the name of the orphanage) to make me laugh as we drove away. I was so thankful he did not cry. He was completely thrilled with his new outfit, Adidas jacket, backpack, etc. I waited about an hour into the Odessa taxi ride to pull out the DSI Nintendo Game. He LOVES that thing. He had never seen or played with one before but he has already figured out on his own how to paint and draw on it and how to play the games. I think his favorite game is Mario Kart....a boy after his daddy's own heart! He also likes the Hot Wheels racing game.
|His first American Outfit|
|Brandon playing with his Monster Truck from "Babuskha"|