30 March 2008

bits and bobs

Thank you. I knew you guys would appreciate how difficult it was to hear her hysterics. (She indulged tearfully in them.) Fortunately, I have Russian friends at school who basically told her to snap out of it and count her blessings.

Second grade wrote her a great book entitled Baby Care Advice. It included gems like:

If your baby is sick, you should take it to the doctor. But, don't leave it alone there.

Always carry extra nappies.

If you don't like what your baby is doing you should tell it and then leave the room for five minutes.

If the baby is stinky, don't put it in the trash. (They thought that was hysterical.) Give it a bath and change its diaper.

She neglected to look into visas. She's going to have some hurdles bringing him back to the US.

Allison, I LOVE your elephant sightings!! I'm putting an elephant pic up on d2b's wall. It's a mother elephant smiling (really) at her baby.

Old agency is not responding to e-mails--not the one graciously saying I was leaving, the one asking for my ppr deposit or the one asking for my documents. Guess who's turning up at the local office next week?

New agency is helping me get a dossier together for a new region. (Still sad about that one...) It looks like I'll need TWO dossiers--one like any US citizen and one that the Russian citizens submit. Stay tuned as my adventures with local police checks and psychologist visits unfold...

10 comments:

Rachael said...

Wow. It's like drawing the wrong card in Candy Land and being sent all the way back to the start, almost. My kids get really pouty when that happens. You're being much more graciously mature about it! :) (Although I'm betting a good pouty temper tantrum would be good for the soul at this point!) Here's hoping you draw the right card and can skip right through to the end this time around.

Seriously, Kate, big long distance hugs to you.

(And, I'm guessing the old agency's current response just confirms the switch was the right thing.)

Love the "advice" too. Are the kids making a booklet for you too?

MetricGirl said...

Stage a sit in at the agency if you have to....

love the "advice". Hee.

Maggie said...

It's a bummer that you can't adopt from St. Pete. But, at this point, whatever will get you to your child...

Tami said...

Is there anything we (your loyal readers) can do to help. Jam their phone lines, fill their inboxes with emails, stop by and warmly suggest they GET THEIR ACT IN GEAR! ;) Anything?
Again the grace you're showing is beautiful. Hang in there.
Is the new region close to St. Pete's? ((hugs))

Lauri said...

Hugs

Tina in CT said...

I know nothing about this but would contacting your Congressman do anything?

emjay said...

Your old agency is clearly showing the lack of class and professionalism that's been their MO all along. It just frosts me.

But good to hear things are moving with the new agency. I know it has to be tough to take a leap back in the process, but you are now moving forward with positive steps. And may they move swiftly!

Chloe said...

The new folks are wacky. I kinda like it. I'm calling you on Monday for an update. Make sure you have a few hours free.

Christine said...

I feel for you. What we go through to adopt our children. I really wish you the best on this new adventure.

Allison B said...

Kate, I'm glad to hear things are progressing with the new agency, as hard as it is to lose the dream of adopting from St. P. This is only *kinda* a step back. It WILL bring you closer to your daughter(s)!

Elephant sightings:
Yesterday was a "no elephants" sighting, actually. The opera is putting on Aida, but without the safari setting that's commonly used, so the headline in the Arts section of the newspaper said, "No Elephants."

Today, a cheesy pink stuffed elephant in a pile of stuffed toys in the store. NOT the cutest elephant I've seen by a long shot--and with a definitely UN-elephantine tail--but I thought of you and laughed when I saw it.