Monday, May 5, 2008


OK, first I will start by apologizing that you will all have to wait until tomorrow to see pictures. Sorry, sorry, sorry. We forgot our cable to download the pictures back at the apartment a few blocks away. We should have DSL in our apt in the next few days and we won't have to walk to the church, although that is not a problem as it is close.

Now to the important stuff. Our meeting with the ministry was very fast as they had many meetings today. We pretty much just introduced ourselves and learned a bit about Max's birth family. Then set a schedule of events for the next 2 weeks. There was a bit of a heated discussion between the attorney of the center and the others but we are not totally sure what it was all about. Probably best we don't know so that we are just ourselves.

Then we went to the orphanage, which by the way, some prefer it to be called a "children's home" or something a bit less institutional sounding. It was not a problem, just a discussion between the others of what they should call it. Anyway, we went there and as we waited for the Center officials to arrive, I got to meet Max!!!! We went in to check if he was still sleeping and he was sitting up in his crib (yes, on his own!). My heart melted when I laid eyes on him. He is the most beautiful little guy!!! I asked if I could hold him and they said yes (even though I think we were officially supposed to wait). So of course I scooped him up and he gave me the best smile!!! Oh, I just love him! We do have great pictures, you will see his sweet smile.

We only had a minute to love on him and then we had to leave and go meet with the Center people. They were nice and just asked about us and how Max's life would be in our family. We told them our story and how we came to find Max and fall in love with him. Jasmina told them we got to see him while they were on their way and they asked what we thought of him. Of course, I gushed that he was so wonderful and I was ready to go back and give him more hugs. They were all very sweet and also surprised that Tia, my 6 year old is reading. We tried to explain all the advantages of early intervention services.

They followed us to the playroom and we got to play with Max for about an hour. He is even cuter than the pictures I have seen! Really, he is SO cute!!! The woman from the Center and the psychologist only stayed about 15 minutes and then we got to have him alone. I even got to feed him a bottle. (Which he gulped down in a few minutes and wanted more.) Jasmina came in a few minutes later and said the ladies were satisfied. I guess we passed the test. So, we go back 2 times a day for about 2 hours each. He is sick right now so he is tired. His breathing sounds like a purring cat and his nose is goopy. Ask me if I care. He is so wonderful!!!! I hope he gets better before we leave so he is comfortable on the plane. Oh, and he is commando crawling!!! He is so dang cute!

Sorry, this is so long. I told Jasmina I will be in big trouble if I don't take lots of pictures of the other kids who have families from Reece's Rainbow waiting. She said, yes I will get to see them all and take pictures. So, hold tight ladies. Also, there is a 5 month old here we will meet (DS) who is now ready for adoption. We asked Jasmina to put her in our backpack! Shelley, I think you met her right? Anyway, this has been such an awesome day!!!! I will for sure post pics tomorrow. Sorry!


Tiffany said...

How amazing! It is always such a neat feeling to hold your child in your arms for the fist time. I hear it is the same adopting as it is giving birth. I am so happy for your family and expecially for Max as he is one very blessed child to have you as his mother.

Christina said...

Yay!! Sounds like a wonderful day! Can't wait to see all those great pictures!

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Shelley said...

I'm so glad you had a wonderful day! I can't wait to see all your pictures of Max! Enjoy your time there and tell Jasmina that we said hello!

Kenyon said...

That is SOOO amazing! Congratulations!

Mommy and Peepers said...

I'm on the edge of my seat. I can't wait to see tomorrows post. Don't forget to hug little Maja for us.

Trisha, Duane, and Family said...

Hi....We are so happy you are in Belgrade. Tell Jasmina hello from the Gartner family and tell that Luka is doing extremely well and is very very happy. I know you waited to get there forever. I am praying for a smmoth and swift process for you. Enjoy your journey. We are presently in Russia adopting our little princess. She is awesome. Our blog is "Journey To Yellow Brik Road" all I can say is she is WONDERFUL AND WE'RE IN LOVE!!!!!!I know you are in the same emotional frame of mind now with us!!! Many blessings...Keep us post....Trisha (was mom2r8 and now I'm mom2r9)