Just can’t help but think of Ozzy’s hit, Mama, I’m Comin’ Home!
Well, we were all able to finally reunite in Kiev Sunday afternoon. I picked up Roman for his final departure from Antoshka on Saturday morning. He was precious and looked like a completely different little boy once I got him in the clothes that we brought him. The feeling was surreal. With this process, you learn to just wait and wait……then everything just starts happening! Here he is in his final minutes at the orphanage. Please excuse the shakiness and sidewaysness of the videos!
We spent our long, 13-hour day in our very small hotel room. Yes, it was long; and yes, we had some hard moments, especially at nap time, but it was a situation that would push anyone to the limit. Typically, we would venture outside, have more access to toys, and our environment at home will be more conducive to safe exploration, but this was not our reality, and we just had to make the best of it. I felt Roman did very well given the situation (i.e., the cord and light switch haven and very little to do, but play with the same old lady and few select toys for 13 hours). We took walking breaks down the hall and in the lobby where we boogied to the Jewish music playing in the dance hall.
Then we left for the midnight train. Roman was so exhausted that he slept the whole way! Once we got to Kiev, he and I waited at the apartment for Dustin to arrive later in the afternoon. Again, eye level light switches and a plethora of exposed electrical wires saying, “go ahead, tug us,” made for another long day – haha! Finally, Dustin arrived and Roman was a bit speechless at first, but was very happy to see his papa! It was a welcomed reunion!
We had our first appointment at the Embassy yesterday and it went very well. We came back for our interview at 2:00 today. The longest part of the process was the wait. We waited about 45 minutes, and then the interview lasted about 30 seconds. We got Roman’s visa 15 minutes after that, and that’s a wrap folks!!!! We are done! We head home bright and early at 5:55 AM and should arrive to NWA at 6:49 PM tomorrow evening!! Please feel free to welcome Roman home at the airport if you so choose! We are overjoyed to know we will be back in beautiful Fayetteville in just a little over 24 hours!
Here’s Roman on his iPhone 6 using his new word “hello.” We heard lots of “papa, hello,” “hello, mama” “hello, bwa-bwa”