Tuesday, March 11, 2008

We Met Our Son Today!!

And let me just claim parental bragging rights. He is the cutest thing ever and we are in love with a new little guy!!

The day started off with a great breakfast and then a trip to the ministry where we received our formal permission to visit the child. Off to the orphanage about an hour away and we got to see our little guy right away. He sat in Troy’s lap while I talked and took notes from the director. She was wonderful. She answered all our questions.

Afterwards our little guy had to eat and nap. We went out to lunch with our regional rep and translator and had a nice time. Then they took us to Tchaikovsky’s house (great composer) and we took a few photos and then we shopped. We got some great pieces and souvenirs for 1,675……..rubles – gotcha didn’t I – I think that works out to approx. 71.00!! Like I said we got some beautiful pieces. Wish us luck packing them up!!

We got to go back and visit with our little guy for 2 more hours and it was wonderful. We played and played and played. For those wondering what toys to bring I highly suggest the Little Tykes hammer as it makes noise and lights up and was a HUGE success. Our little guy is defiantly going to either be a drummer or a carpenter.

We are over the moon tonight and just so happy. We will see him again tomorrow and then do some paperwork and then head out back to Moscow. We would rather stay here as we love our hotel and the restaurant and we’re closer to our little guy. We are already dreading leaving him.

Thanks to everyone for their support and comments during this process. We still have a ways to go, but we’re almost there!!

Tchaikovsky's house

Troy & I in front of Tchaikovsky's memorial
View of Izhevsk outside our hotel window

30 comments:

Patti said...

How exciting! I'm so happy for you!

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy for you and can't wait to see pictures when you get home. Tammy

Dinia said...

Preveet Rachel and Troy!
What great news! You have been in our thoughts and prayers today, and have a special place in our hearts since you are in Izhevsk. Ron and I were trying to determine where your hotel is. Ron is guessing its close to the circus. Enjoy the rest of your time in Izhevsk. We are so happy for you guys!

Paka!
Dinia and Ron

Becky and Keith said...

YAY! You posted! :-) Kristine and I have been collectively stalking you all day long. I'm SO glad you had such a wonderful visit and are so in love with your son!! Izhevsk sounds beautiful (and looks beautiful!) - I'm glad you're having a great time. Get a great nights sleep so you have more energy to spend with the little guy tomorrow and have a safe trip back to Moscow!

Jane said...

I'm so happy for you and can't wait to hear more about your little one! I bet he is just precious. Have fun with your next visit and safe travels back to moscow.

Tiger & Kar said...

Congratulations! How exciting to meet your little guy today. I'm so happy the meeting went well and that you're head over heels with your son. Take care & have safe travels as you head back to Moscow.

KimAbraham said...

I am sooo excited for you! It gives me goose bumps to hear you talk about your son. It sounds like Izhevsk is pretty nice and a great place to shop and go sightseeing.

Amy said...

I'm so happy for you guys! Enjoy your time in Izhevsk and your lil guy.

Mary & Michael said...

I'm another one who has been stalking your blog all day waiting for an update! It sounds like you had a perfect day. I'm so happy for you. Your photos are great, can't wait to see more.

MandyJo013078 said...

I'm so happy for you! I can't wait to hear more about your little guy! How big is he? What's his age? Does he have any hair? I'm so excited and just all around elated for you & Troy! Congrats! Can't wait to hear about tomorrow and I'm glad that you are doing well and you are not sick!

Shane & Marie said...

I am so happy to hear that everything went wonderful. You sound so happy! I can't wait to hear more.

Adrienne and Jim said...

YEA! I've been looking forward to reading this post! I'm so happy to hear you had a wonderful first day with your son. Isn't it such a beautiful experience??!! I know it will be so hard to leave him, but remember he is your son and you will return to him, and when you do, you'll be able to take him home with you forever! We'll be here for you :)

Adrienne

Sira said...

I am thrilled! I am so happy for you guys!!! hug him for all us over here praying for him.

Michael and Carrie said...

I'm so glad to hear things are going so well with your son! Congrats! He sounds adorable! Have a safe trip to Moscow!

ana & russ said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful day with your son! I'm so happy for you!
(And how cool that you got to go to Tchaikovsky's house! That will be a great memory to share later with your son.)

Ryan and Amy said...

YEAH! I'm in tears-congrats! So excited and happy for you guys - what a moment! You're in our prayers for a safe return and a speedy court date after that!

Tami said...

I'm so thrilled for all of you!!! We'll be praying that the time between trips goes by quickly!

Anonymous said...

I'm sooo excited to hear that you fell in love at first sight! Did you EVER think you would finally be there right now?!! It makes all of the rest of us who are still waiting have hope. Now you can come home and go on some fishing trips to Islamarada while you wait for the court date! Have fun tomorrow with your son!
Renae and Joe

Mike & Heidi Lee said...

YAY!! That is so exciting!! We are so happy for you!! Can't wait to see pictures of your little mal'cheek someday!! You are getting us excited for own little guy! Enjoy yourselves!!

Anonymous said...

It's so good to hear you sound so happy! Can't wait to hear about your son! Jeff & Stacy

Dede said...

Yeah! I'm sooooo happy for you two!!! I can't wait to hear more about your little man. Congrats!!!

Chris said...

Congrats on meeting your little man! We are so incredibly happy for you both! You've had a smooth trip, and you certainly earned it with your patience. It looks like it was a beautiful day there, with nice big blue skies. A sure sign of good things to come. :-)

Carey and Norman said...

Hi Rachel and Troy,

I'm so excited to hear that your visit with your son and your stay in Iz is going so well. I don't know if you saw our blog, but I became very ill after you left and mom called Emergency Services that evening from the hotel as I couldn't stand and was very nauseated all day long. I hope and pray that I did not pass anything along to you. Irina in Vlad had a fever the day we did paperwork before heading to Moscow, so I'm sure I caught a bug along the way. Luckily, two shots later I'm doing much better. Ready to get home, but that is all part of the adoption process.

Once again, I'm so excited your visit with your son and Iz is more than you expected and gone oh, so well. You deserve the best and I'm so excited to hear that your stay worked out so well. Congrats on the souveniers too.

So, I look forward to talking more once we are home and catch up on your adventures in Iz. It sounds like you'll be traveling back to Iz very soon and I cannot wait to get all our little ones together once we are home.

Many Blessings and lots of love coming your way!

:: Suzanne :: said...

Exciting times! Brings back memories . . .

Congrats.

Joel & Clarion said...

What an awesome day! Congratulations! Despite the time you've been waiting, the moment you meet your child makes it all worth it. What cool sights you've been able to see as well. Our prayers remain with you and with your little guy!

Anonymous said...

Congrats! It brings a huge smile to my face to hear how everything went. I am so excited for you!
Sarah

Jackie said...

Awww your post just made my day!! How excited and happy you both sound! I am so glad you are enjoying the time with your new son! I can't wait to read about the next visit....

Shane and Kathy Gebhardt said...

Congratulations!!!! I'm sure that you are on cloud 9 right now! I can't wait to hear about the rest of your adventures and your reunion with your son!!!!

Christine said...

I'm glad to hear everything is going so well! How old is your little guy?

Allison said...

Congratulations!! What a wonderful day. Sounds like the visit went great.
Can't wait to hear more!