Friday, January 25, 2008

All Settled In

Hi all its Jeremy again. Well we are back at home and all settled in. Marnie is back to work tonight so I thought I'd catch everyone up.
We got in late last night. Camden and Keegan were there to greet us. Then Jyly got to meet the dogs. We were a bit worried, but she wasn't the least bit flustered by them(except she didn't want any puppy kisses) A short time later she settled in to her bed and slept until almost 8 am.
After breakfast and a bath we went and visited some daycares. We found a great one which she will start Feb 5th. Only $85 a week breakfast and lunch included. It is structured like a preschool so she will not only get the social environment, but also learning activities. The dogs have learned the hanging around Jyly is a sure way to get a snack.
After Marnie went to work tonight she was stuck with her brothers and me. After about half an hour of crying she settled down to watch TV and play. She climbed up on the couch and after being tickled by Camden, fell asleep around 8 pm. She is now tucked in her bed till morning (I hope).

Monday, January 21, 2008

Home Sweet Home ...

This is Renae ... I'm sure that Marnie and Jeremy are busy this morning with Jyly, so I figured I'd update everyone to let you all know that we landed safely last night just after 9pm. It was a very long flight home, but we made it safe and sound.

Leaving Kazakhstan was a bit tense ... we had a small problem with getting Jyly's boarding pass for the London to Boston flight, so when we got to Passport Control, they were a bit uncertain about what we had intended to do. The man in control listened as we told him what the manager at the ticket counter told us then he proceeded to say "really". He said this at least twice and we explained the situation to him very clearly both times. I know my heart was pounding and Marnie was beside me holding Jyly very tightly. I think at that point I would have done anything to get the 3 of us out of that country. The man finally gave up questioning us and probably decided that we were telling the truth, so he let us go.

Getting on the plane was the first step toward a new life for Jyly ... we were extremely happy when we finally boarded the plane. Jyly did extremely well on her first flight. We gave her some juice to drink during the take-off just in case the pressure bothered her ears. She did just as well with the landing. She did just great on both flights.

Landing in Boston was amazing. I know that this is just the beginning of a wonderful new life for Jyly. In just one week I was able to watch Jyly change from a very shy timid little girl to one that seems to be getting more and more comfortable with her new life. She's smiling and talking more and more every day.

At the airport we had lots of family and friends waiting for us. It was a wonderful reunion for everyone. There were 2 special guests waiting to see Jyly ... the smiles were precious. Getting a group shot of 3 little ones was tough, but this is the best one that I got, so it will have to do for now.

Well ... after all is said and done I am so glad that I was able to share this very special time with my sister and Jyly ... the newest addition to our family. I'm proud to say that I have a very beautiful little niece.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

The Packing Begins …

As Jeremy has already told you … everything went fine yesterday at the Embassy, so Jyly is finally OURS!!

We’re all ready to leave here, but not looking forward to the very long flight. Jyly’s had some cranky nights and we know she has a temper. Her routine has already been more than disrupted and her diet has completely changed (not necessarily for the better). Potty training has been a challenge … needless to say, we’ve gone thru 2 pkgs of diapers. Both Mommy and Jyly are content right now to stick to the diapers. Oh, by the way … we are officially part of the “blow-out” club.

Jyly hadn’t grown as much as we had expected. She’s 85cm tall and only 11.8kg. The closet at home will remain full for quite some time. Thankfully I’ve covered several sizes.

The temperature outside hasn’t been very friendly. We’ve ventured out only a couple of times. We found a grocery store, so walking 2 blocks has been about all we can stand. The sidewalks are perpetually covered with ice and snow.

We met several other couples that were adopting from Kazakhstan. They were all very friendly, but definitely kept together as a group. It was understandable since several of them had met during their 1st visit … a required 4 week stay.

Jyly seems to be easy to amuse … she’s been playing with a tide-2-go pen, paper and pen, etc. We brought plenty of toys, but those seem to make her happiest. She’s been doing lots of walking around the room since last night. She ventured into the bathroom and has been enjoying playing in there with the mirror. Lots of smiles and giggles when she sneaks a peak out the door and sees us watching her.

Jyly is a bit behind for her age, but she seems to be catching on quickly. I think that once she’s home and around her family things will change fast. She’s a very smart little girl.

We noticed several lumps and bruises on her little bottom. Thankfully we’ve gotten her out of that situation and she’ll have time to forget any trauma that she’s been thru. We’ll see what the doctor says on Feb 4th.

Please send good vibes our way so that we have a quick and safe trip. We’ll see everyone at the airport when we get home!! Pray for good weather!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Just the Flight Home

Hi all. Jeremy here again. Just wanted to update everyone. Well the medical exam is done and all the embassy paperwork is complete. All that remains is the flight home. There was a slight money snafu at the embassy, but it was all worked out and our baby has her passport and visa.
Now as long as British Airways can keep the plane on the runway there should be no more hurdles, but I will feel a lot better when they get through customs here in Boston.
On a side note, my sister called me Thursday night saying she had an extra ticket to the AFC championship game these weekend, but I couldn't convince Marnie to come in on a later flight :) .
SO I guess I'll just have to watch the game on the TV and then listen to it on the radio to the airport. More updates and pictures to follow am sure.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

SOS Success!!

After a very long 7 hour drive we made it to Almaty at midnight last night. We arrived at the hotel only to find that we didn't have a reservation. After some discussion we were given a "single" room. You can only wonder what they were thinking when we said that the single room woud be fine. It's a single bed ... not meaning only 1 bed ... yes, that's right it's a tiny single bed. Thankfully we have the princess blow up bed and they supplied a crib. Jyly didn't like the crib much, so she ended up sleeping with mommy on the princess bed ... and also under the crib.

The trip to the SOS clinic was successful other than the finger stick ... Jyly's been out of sorts since that ... ouch!! She's also very off schedule, so that's probably not helping much.

Nothing more to do today or tomorrow except relax. Friday is the big day at the US Embassy. Hoping that all will go well there! We leave to come home early Sunday morning.

Janiece and Johnda ... sorry about our plans. Our coordinator didn't get our plans, so she booked us at the apartments.

Rachel ... we took lots of pictures of your little girl. We'll send them to you as soon as we arrive home.

Jyly's Squeeky Shoes

Here's a picture of Jyly just after getting dressed to leave. She was very surprised by the squeeky shoes.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Now for the drive

Well Marnie finally got to Bishkek, after flying in circles for awhile and being told they were being rerouted to Almaty due to weather, to clouds cleared and she landed. Then there was a slight mix up with the hotel so Marnie and her sister found themselves at the apartment we stayed in back in July. So no internet have to wait for pictures until they get back. But it was all worth because yesterday at around noon she picked Jyly up from the orphanage. After a bath and change of clothes it was time to go to bed. Marnie says its going well so far. Tomorrow they go to embassy in Bishkek, then head for Almaty in the evening. Hopefully all the paperwork and exam goes well. Everybody keep your fingers crossed. More info to follow.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

On the way

Just a quick update from Jeremy. After a rearrangement of luggage (I think they took at least 4 suitcases) Marnie and her sister departed Boston last night for the flight across half the world. She called to say they had reached London OK and that their flight to Bishkek was still going as scheduled. They should be there by 630 pm tonight. They both took their cameras and Marnie has promised to get as many pictures as time allows. If they can get on the net she will try to download them, so check back. More to follow.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

What happened to the time?

Didn't I just put up that count down clock? It seems like just the other day it was 28 days until we travel. It seemed like such a long time but, I knew it would fly by. My sister asked me yesterday if I was all packed. Of course, Not! I haven't even got everything in that I ordered last week. So I procrastinated a little.
We didn't procrastinate on our visas but we still don't have them in hand. As soon as we had our travel dates we applied for the Kyrg visas. Those came back in no time. They believe in FedEx! Then we sent our passports and application to the Kazakhstan embassy via express mail. That's the only way they will accept them. We got confirmation that they were received. We found out today that they have not processed them yet because they have not received the letter of invitation. We were told we didn't need one. So, we are working on getting that resolved today so that they can "express mail" them back to us in time. OK, the stress level just went up! And I thought my biggest worry was the dry cleaners.
On a brighter note. I haven't got new pictures but, I have an update from Janiece. It seems Jyly still has a love for bananas and cookies. I bought banana puffs for the plane trip home.
In the past , I've asked everyone for good vibes to reach our goals and everyone has come through. I' m going to ask you to send those good vibes again so that we get our visas in time. I can live without the stuff I ordered but I can't travel without the visas. Thanks everyone!