Hoping to someday find M's brother adopted in the U.S. -
Myckola Oleksandrovych Markov - 8/26/2003

Monday, November 29, 2010

Swimming in a bathtub

We had heard that "K" swims as part of her therapy and we were told how much she likes it. We had been waiting to see her swim and no one mentioned it again so we asked this morning, which is a feat in itself that required google translate on a blackberry, a pen and a notebook.

So we came back earlier than usual this afternoon to see her swim. We followed her caretaker all over the coridors of the orphanage and into a room that had her pool. It was a huge bathtub full of warm water. The water was green and we aren't sure if that's the color it comes out at the orphanage or if they put something in it. Our water at the apartment is clear even though we can't drink it.

"K" did a bunch of exercises and stretches in the water and then had a massage afterwards and did more exercises. It seems to either wear her out or really relax her because she seems very tired afterwards. We had wondered why she was so tired during our afternoon visits and now we know why. We were showing up right after her "swims." We are going to try to visit longer in the morning and not come in the afternoon as often.

We found out this afternoon that our paperwork was held up another day. Its a long story but the just of it is that we are waiting on a stamp to arrive so the person who is supposed to sign the papers can sign and them stamp them with this seal. I was really upset. We thought it had been done today, but we are told it should happen tomorrow.

While we were playing with "K" today, a nannie came and got us and we were taken to the director's office this afternoon. They had all the people there from our first meeting plus the nannie (that is our favorite) there asking "K" and the nannie questions. We had no translator so we sat there knowing they were talking about us and knowing it was important but not being able to understand anything. After about 10 minutes the nannie motioned for us to get up and we walked out. She stood in the hall and pointed at Phillip and I and said, "Mama Papa hedoshay(I think it means ok)" and then pointed to "K" and said, "doycht" (daughter). We assume this means that they agreed its ok for us to be "K's" mama and papa. This is why we thought the conclusion was signed today... so we aren't sure what the meeting was about now! lol

We bought "K" a toy telephone this morning. She loves cars and trucks (mashinas) so we got her a "Cars" phone. She loves it. She talks on it and says "Kak delah? nohme" Not quite sure what all of that means... We also found her a knockoff version of the Little Kelly Dolls for only 5 grivnah. "K" is always wearing the same red shoes so we got a doll with red shoes just like hers. Another hit.

We hope to have the papers signed AND stamped with that elusive stamp by tomorrow! Please please keep us in your prayers. We really want to get this show on the road so we can go home!


Zack & Jennifer Dove said...

Sounds like the caregiver was maybe saying "Good" and "Daughter" - sounds good to me :)
So cute that she liked her phone! Kak dyelah is a less-formal version of "how are you doing?" kind of like how's it going.
I cannot wait to see pictures of "K" and find out what you're naming her!! Praying that all gets taken care of tomorrow so you guys can get a court date SOON!


Just Another Day In Paradise said...

Ohh I cant wait to hear all about Miss "K"!

We witness a miracle every time a child enters into life; but those who make their journey home across time and miles, growing within the hearts of those who wait to love them,are carried on the wings of destiny; and placed among us by God's very own hands. --Kristi Larson