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Ukraine Adoption

Ukraine Adoption is told in this touching International Adoption Tale about Vitaly.

 

Ukraine Adoption: Born from the Heart

Day Twenty- One: "Gotcha Day" 9:00a.m.- Downtown

I am searching for some paintings of the town. I cannot decide and think I will return later to buy one. We never do buy the painting. We do get some other souvenirs luckily. We meet Masha and she is estatic. She has the passport!
11:15 a.m.-Orphanage
We go to the orphanage to get our son. We are very excited. We meet another American couple adopting twins. The first Americans we have seen here, but a day late. We take the caregivers a cake and say good-bye. Suddenly, just like that, Vitaly is going home with us!

noon- Hotel
We go back to the hotel to get our luggage. We think we are getting a rental van, but instead it is an Opel Omega. We cannot possibly fit all of our luggage, 4 adults, and an infant in this little car. Larry and I sit smashed with Vitaly on our lap. The car rides turns out to be miserable. Vitaly is doing great though. Once again, we almost get into a car wreck. They really do need car seats. I remind Vitaly, as a baby i too traveled across Europe, without a carseat.

5:30p.m.- Kyiv
We are lost in Kyiv. Our driver cannot find the Tourist Hotel. We have to wait for a taxit to pick us up, and transfer everything. We are going to stay in a flat with a lady named Olga. Vitaly is beginning to run a fever and is coughing. I am worried about getting him fed and cleaned.

6:30p.m.- Olga's apartment
Olga has helped many other families. As soon as we arrive, she takes Vitaly. Before I know it, she has fed him two bowls of cereal and milk. She finishes with a bottle, bathes him, and puts him to bed. What a relief! She wants to feed us too, but we choose to grab a quick bite at McDonalds. We both take a long hot bath and I get to shave for the first time in two weeks. I go to bed, but I worry about Vitaly so I watch him sleep.

Day Twenty-two: Saturday Dec 9th- Kyiv

7:00 am- Olga's apartment
Vitaly is definitely following his regular schedule! Larry and I get up and we decide it is bathtime. He does not like it- but he smells much better. Besides, being very thin overall he looks quite healthy. Vitaly has a cold and cough now. So, we give him some juice with some medicine in it. Vital's breakfast is a huge bowl of mashed potatoes, then a bottle of milk. Both are fed to him by Olga, who has returned to feed us. We are served our breakfast, which is fried potatoes, cheese, hot dogs, and beets. Way too much food for us to eat. Vitaly is served one hot dog too.

Noon- Kyiv
Masha and her husband Vlad meet us for a day of sightseeing. Olga is watching Vitaly for us since he is sick. We go to the "Mother of our Mother" statue and WWII museum. Both are extremely fascinating. We decide to have a snack at a tourist stop restaurant across the street. It is way too expensive and not worth it.

4:30 p.m.- Olga's
We meet Olga's neighbor- Freida and her granddaughter. They are missionaries from Tennessee. They play with Vitaly who thinks it is very funny and we hear him laugh for the first time. We also see him crawl. This is a totally different baby then we have seen yet. He also has eaten ALOT by Olga.

8:00 p.m.-bedtime
Vitaly finally goes to bed. he has had a huge first day away from the orphanage. Larry and I are very grateful for Olga's help.

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