Hey everyone, we picked up our little man Friday, September 2nd. He did great on the ride back to our hotel which was a 3 hr drive on the roughest roads ever! He started to cry a little when we went outside to get in the van, he suddenly realized that he was leaving and it made him a little nervous I think, but as soon as he got into the van and saw some toys sitting on the seat, he completely forgot about being upset. His caretaker was so sweet, she really seemed sad that he was leaving, but she was so happy for him and kept telling us we need to be firm in disciplining him by holding her fist up. She also told our translator that she really liked us and we were great parents for Taylor, she gave us all kisses and hugs. She couldn't stop saying goodbye to him, and it made me a little teary eyed. I know it has to be hard to see these sweet children leave forever that they have loved and cared for, for so long, but they are still so happy for them. We got back to the hotel at about 10:30 at night!! It was a very long day but it ended great. We made him a bed with the chairs in our room that was really comfy but he just got right up and turned the light on, so we just put him in bed with us and he went right to sleep and slept till about 6:30, he also took a 4 hour nap yesterday, slept all night last night and is taking a nap right now!! So far we have been blessed with another good sleeper....(knock on wood)! We had fun today going to the huge playground here in Kemerovo, he had lots of fun. I thought he would attack that huge playground (since he is 100% boy!!) but he didn't know what to do with all that stuff, he's not used to seeing that many things to play on. When Reese saw him on skype she said, "Hi Taywer, Hi!" it was so cute!! Later she could hear him fussing in the background and came up to the computer and said, "mommy, what's wrong? Why is Taywer crying?" she was concerned about him, she is so sweet!! He kept introducing himself in Russian, saying, "Menya Zavut Taylor" ("My name is Taylor") over and over I don't know how many times, haha. He's such a sweety, and it seems like he's a momma's boy already. He is always saying "momma, momma!!" anytime I'm out of the room or when he is upset or sad. When we walk around and push him the stroller, he has to hold my hand most of the time unless I'm pushing him, he's so sweet!! He is always coming up to give me hugs. He does these things to Jesse too, but not as much because all the adults he ever saw at the orphanage were women, never a men. Tomorrow (Monday the 5th) we go get his passport and then we will leave Tuesday morning (the 6th) for Moscow. We will be there for 1 more week while we finish everything at the Embassy and we'll leave to come home Sept. 13th, and we cannot wait!! We miss our Reesey girl sooooo incredibly much!! We are very homesick, 4 weeks away from home and our baby girl is waaaaay too much. Earlier we put a movie on for him, we didn't have any kids movies, so the best movie we had for him was "Night at the Museum". He was soooo interested in it and he loved it. At first I think he thought it was the same thing as Skype because he was trying to introduce himself to the people on the screen again, haha! We can't wait for everyone to meet him!!
Here is a few pictures we have taken so far.
Us with one of his caretakers just before we left
The huge playground in Kemerovo with a statue of Lenin in the background
Taylor watching Night at the Museum (very interested)
Daddy joining Taylor
Mommy and Taylor Skyping family
Downtown Kemerovo (aka Kuzbass)
Us with Mary (the other lady adopting that traveled with us) and our wonderful coordinator, Anna
Eating at one of our favorite restaurants in Kemerovo "The Pretzel", we found out that this place is one of the best places to get desserts also.
the "Kuzbass" sign on the hill across the river (Kuzbass is the region, Kemerovo is the city, or it could the other way around, we're not really sure, haha)