My apologies for the communications blackout on my blog during my second trip to Kazakhstan to pick up Sophie and bring her home. I’ve been virtually incapacitated since becoming a full-time mother last Saturday! It’s been incredibly exciting to finally take custody of my daughter, but I must confess to having to eat massive amounts of crow.
I don’t know how many people have told me how much my life would change once I got the baby. I would agree with them but secretly think to myself: “How hard can it be?”
Well, here’s how hard it can be. My brother, Willie, was able to travel with me to pick up Sophie and we were both jetlagged and nearly comatose after the more than 40-hour trip from Lexington to Ust-Kamenogorst. We visited with her briefly at the Baby Home after we arrived late Friday afternoon and then regrouped for one night before taking custody of her on Saturday morning.
That’s when all hell broke loose.
Poor little Sophie. She’s rarely been out of the Baby Home her entire life and suddenly we whisked for a hot, noisy drive in a car, took her to an unfamiliar apartment, gave her formula and baby food she was unaccustomed to, inadvertently skipped some of her naps, put her in the tub for a full immersion bath (she was used to sponge baths) and put her on a plane for the trip to Almaty. Then we took her to another unfamiliar apartment in Almaty where we stayed while waiting for her exit visa to be processed by the U.S. Embassy.
After all that Sophie was simply unnerved (rightfully so) and she screamed at the top of her lungs during the car rides and the plane trip and was pretty fussy at other times. As a rookie mother I made some mistakes and Willie saved the day as I don’t know how I would have done this without such good help.
The first couple of days it was a victory to get showered by noon and manage to eat, sleep and do laundry around Sophie’s feeding and napping schedule. I wasn’t alert long enough at one stretch to check e-mail, read the news online or post to my blog.
However, things have improved greatly the last couple of days. We’re getting into a routine, Sophie is becoming used to the new baby food and we’re doing a better job of anticipating her needs. She is full of life and has a smile that would melt your heart. I am blessed beyond measure.
We fly out of Almaty early tomorrow morning and gain 10 hours on the trip home. We’ll arrive in Louisville about 9 p.m. tomorrow night, Sept. 3. I’m looking forward to getting her settled into her new home.
I’ll add more to my blog in a couple of days. Until then, feel free to tell me “I told you so” the next time you see me. I’ll be happy to eat more crow!