Saturday, October 30, 2010

We've been parents for one year!

A year ago today we went to court in Ekaterinburgh,Russia and after almost 2 hours of telling our story to the judge and both of us answering questions he "officially" announced us PARENTS!!! After a year of trying to get pregnant, a miscarriage, another 6 months of trying and then a year of infertility treatments, our dream of becoming parents finally... FINALLY came true! We were so excited that day - well once court was over and we didn't need to be nervous anymore!!! Here we were outside the court and beaming because we were done!

We wouldn't get to see the boys that day or over the weekend so we had 3 days to keep ourselves busy until we could see them again .. this time knowing we were their parents and now we just needed to wait the 10day period and then we would be taking them home with us!!! We celebrated that night with some Russian vodka and spent the rest of the weekend exploring Ekaterinburgh!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Day 3 & 4 - October 28 -29,2009

Day 3 ... boys come into the room excited and like to go through our toy bag!!!

Our fourth day with the boys was actually the day before court so the boys social worker came along to watch us with the boys! Here she is with Svetlana!!!

Roman always arrived first for our visits!!!

Day 4 - Look who is coming down the hall!!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Day 2 - October 27, 2009

Our second day visiting the boys at the baby home ... they are beginning to warm up to us!!!

Monday, October 25, 2010

10/26/09 - First visit with the boys

The first day we got to see the boys was on Monday, October 26, 2009. After two days of traveling to Russia from New York we got settled into our apartment and anxiously waited for the morning to come so we could go and see our boys!!!
Here are a few pictures of our first visit on trip 2!

Both boys were very shy and skittish when they first came in and because we got to the baby home just before lunch/naptime Max was very sleeps and actually fell asleep in my arms. For us it was a great visit and we couldn't wait to spend more time with them!!!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

What were you doing a year ago today ....

We were getting ready to board a plane at JFK that would take us back to Russia and our two boys!!! Hard to believe at times that it's been almost a year since we packed 3 HUGE suitcases and 2 carryons and were getting ready to board Delta airlines and travel to Moscow and then onto Yekaterinburg for trip #2!!!

I'm not sure how much I remember about that day ... I remember it was warmer than anticipated ... I remember the confusing process to check into Delta ... self checkout is NOT friendly and the rude woman who was behind the Delta counter did not ease any of the travel tension we were dealing with!!! Oh and since we had 3 suitcases we had to pay for the 3rd one and we also had to pay since our bags were over the weight limit ... talk about "friendly skies" ... but everything we went through in that airport was worth it by the time we were on the plane and traveling back to Roman and Max!!!

Over the next few days I will post some never before pictures of our trip to Ekat ... the sights we saw and our daily visits with the boys ... we are coming up on our 1st year together ... we even completed our 1 year post adoption interview with our social worker this past Friday.

Stay tuned for some great memories of our journey to bring Roman and Maxim home as we prepare for our first Family Day on November 11th.