The girls are sound asleep and we pray they stay asleep. Last night they slept through the night…they chatted with each other and woke up off and on…but just to move around or to fall back asleep. They are sleeping on a sofa sleeper and it is sooo cute to watch them cuddle with each other! Our first day was so amazing and the girls were not upset leaving the orphanages and had very few upsetting moments the whole day. They just enjoyed each other and us. Now…of course there were a few confusing times, etc…but they were so resilient. Today was another good day, but I think some more reality set in for us all. They did well playing together, but they also started competing over my attention more, which is hard. We are just trying to do our best and love them through it all! Eating has been an adventure. We are very novice at this whole parenting thing…then add in us IN Russia trying to get food and feed two toddlers…but I must say…we are getting through it and for those of you that know me…I WAY underestimated the number of wipes (and pull-ups) I would need!
We got the girls down for their afternoon nap today, but then we had to wake them up after 45 minutes to make an appointment for the girls’ birth certificates. They sat with us for almost two hours at a government office waiting. Again, for two toddlers they did AMAZING! We are adults and we were struggling with waiting! Tonight Lydia had a few tears when we were saying good night so that was hard. The girls LOVE bath time and so far we have done pretty well on most things, except for I keep forgetting to brush teeth before bed. We did it this morning, but I will have to work on that more!
Their looks are priceless. They crack us up several times a day..even when we shouldn’t be laughing or encouraging them. They are also doing great with talking (Russian), especially Lydia. She has talked WAY more in the last 24 hours than she ever did on our visits. Overall, they are just more comfortable now…it is totally God working in all of us!
Tomorrow is a big day. We have paperwork that has to get done (it almost didn’t make it today which would have caused changes in all flights, etc.). Then we fly to Moscow! Parenting in a hotel is one thing, but we were very nervous about flying with them. Thankfully, this first flight is just two hours. Also, our stroller made it today!
Okay…I will leave you with a few pictures! Thank you SO much for all of the congrats and sweet comments!