The Abraham Family’s Journey to Russia to Bring Home Their Daughter

December 9, 2008

Trip 2 - Days 9 & 10: Moscow

It's a dark and rainy day in Moscow. They are blurring together. Monday the boys stayed in the hotel all day and Martin, Lexi and I only ventured out to take her to the embassy approved doctor. We were supposed to go on Friday, but our flight from Novo ended up being 2 hours late, so we missed our appointment. Dr. Boris was great and he checked her over pretty good. She didn't fuss a bit. He said she has a budda belly and it's so true. Lexi weighed in 20 lbs, which means she has gained a pound just since we've had her. She'll eat anything and is crazy about cheerios! Most of her clothes have been size 6/9 months, but today she is wearing a 12 mo. outfit. I can't believe how she is growing and thriving right before our eyes!
Monday was a lazy day and try as we might to keep the boys awake, they slept most of it. Which, of course, meant they were rearing to go at 2:00 am. Whooohoooo, party on the 6th floor of the Marriott! We've played Uno, Clue, and Monopoly, have been swimming, built card houses, watched DVDs, watched the Titans and Monday night football on the internet. Martin and Preston have kept up with their Fantasy Football teams. Gotta love the world wide web!

This afternoon, after our embassy appointment, we are all going to Arbat Street and have dinner at Hard Rock Cafe. Tomorrow, we come home. Oh, as much fun as this experience has been, we are soooo ready for home!

Ice Skating at Red Square was incredible. It was surreal to be skating around and glancing up to see St. Basil's cathedral. I took tons of photos... with Pam's camera. My memory card was still inside our laptop. Just another reason why having Pam here has been wonderful.

We've met lots of families from the US adopting children. Most all have little boys, but I met a family from Orlando in our hotel this morning. They just met an 11 month old little girl yesterday and were very excited about her. I love to see more girls since the wait is so much longer for healthy girls and they are supposed to be non-existent. However, I believe we couldn't have been more blessed than we are to have our sweet Alexis join our family.

13 comments:

Bagwell family said...

After you get back and over jet lag, please call us. We want to come and see everyone and see pictures of your trip.
Love, Jan and family

Old DAN AND Little ANN said...

Hotel life gets old in ahurry with little ones. There are only so many things you can do before the walls start closing in. I'm so glad that your time to come home is coming right up. You can have all 5 tucked in under your own roof! What a holiday miracle.

Carey and Norman said...

Ice skating near St. Basil's....I hadn't heard of this. How fun and exciting. I'm glad you are enjoying your time in Russia. Safe travels home. I cannot wait to hear more once you've gotten home!!

Anonymous said...

The 26th can't come soon enough!!!! I must see the pictures of the ice skating. Rachel is extremely jealous :) Love you all and miss you very much.
-Cori

Joy said...

I can not believe that you are almost on your way home already. That sure went fast. It will feel great I bet to sleep in your own bed and have all your babies tucked into their beds.

Joy

Anonymous said...

We are so excited for all of you!! Safe trip HOME!!
love ya,
Darin and Robin

Anonymous said...

We are so excited for all of you!! Safe trip HOME!!
love ya,
Darin and Robin

Over-Caffeinated x 4 said...

I just can't wait for you to get home so we can get lots and lots of life with five kids photos and updates! :)

Jeff, Abbey, and Reed Land said...

Looks like so much fun! We are so excited for your family and can't wait for you to be back in the US.

Jen said...

Wishing you all a safe trip back to the US. Embrace these last moments in Russia, it will be over all too soon. I couldn't wait to get home and now I am so sad it is all over and actually miss Russia! But, of course, it is wonderful having everyone home, too!

Janine said...

Kim...I'm just thrilled for you!! Alexis is beautiful! What a little doll! I'm glad your 10 days were waved and everything has gone so smoothly. How wonderful to have all your boys with you too.

What a X-mas this will be for you all!

Troy and Rachel said...

You must be so excited to head home with your whole family!! I'm glad you had a great time ice skating and it sounds like you all are keeping busy in the hotel too!!

Chris said...

You are in the home stretch! Enjoy!