Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Sunday night I got all of one hour sleep. Princess P went down at 9pm and woke up about 12am. Never to fall back asleep. We rocked her and rocked her. You name it and we tried it. Finally about 5:30am I gave her a warm bath, fed her breakfast and then strapped her in the baby Bjorne and walked the halls of the hotel untill she finally fell asleep at 7am. By 7:30 she was awake again! Seriously who can stay awake that long! Before we can get Polinas US VISA she has to have a medical exam. So our driver picked us up at 9am to go to the doctor. The appointment seemed silly. It took about 5 mins. He had me undress her. He went up and talked to her and she was still crying so he turned around and explained to me that Polina will be a very good actress someday and for me to not fall victim to her tactics. I just laughed to myself. Then he turned back around and addressed her again. As he is checking her out he told me I should consider purchasing a shotgun as we will need it when she gets older to keep all the boys away since she is so cute. Then he went on to tell me hat she must have been a favorite at the orphanage since she was so on target with her development which I found funny since he hardly spent any time with her. He did confirm that she is getting her 2 year old molars so that might explain her drool and lack of sleep. After our appointment we went back to the hotel to sleep and then our driver took us to see red square. It was pretty amazing. After our outing to Red Square, we met the Bakers for dinner at TGIF's..yes that's right folks, I ordered an American cheeseburger and fries. It was so good! Then back to the hotel to exchange some photos and have a night cap.

Polina slept better on Monday night. Today we had our apptment at the US Embassy. Our driver picked us up at 10:45. It's 35 degrees out. I had Polina in a hat and coat. We walked about 75 ft from the car to the door. The agency worker was horrified I'm pretty sure. I think from here on out its snowsuits only for us. I don't get it but I just can't stand being questioned all the time. Our embassy appointment took about an hour. There were 6 families there today. 3 AAC, 2 IAG, and another family from Small World adoptions (I think that was the name). They were adopting 2 older kids 7 and 9. That was pretty awesome. We officially have the paperwork we need for Polina to become a US citizen! Yeah!! We are free to go home...only problem is that our flight isn't until Friday...so looks like we will have time to see a few more sights. Tonight we will go to Arbat Street and do some Shopping.



  1. I'm glad to hear you are through with all your official appointments. I'm sure you are ready to finally get home. You're almost there!! Thanks for sharing your journey with us. Love all the photos-she is a cutie!

  2. Oh, my goodness. That must be the same doctor that we went to because he told us the same thing about the shotgun! And I remember being surprised at how short the time was spent with my child. It is a formality. You are fulfilling a demand by the Russian government that it is done. How long have you been in country? Seems like it has been a LONG time.

  3. Friend! There is a light at the end of the tunnel! You are so close to being home...day after tomorrow you are on a flight! We miss you dearly and can't wait to catch up when you finally get a chance to breath (hopefully that will be sometime in the year 2012 :)). Safe travels!

  4. I think things are going pretty good. Can you image how Jaxon would be if a family just took him away and he didn't understand a word they said to him? I know it sounds hard, but I really think you are doing great and so is Polina for all the changes. Love Mom*

  5. So proud of you guys!!! I cannot wait to see you all!!!! Safe travels!!
    love ya Jen Moss