But here is the Short version:
Well a lot went on before we met our little boy, but that is in earlier posts of my blog. http://weavingthroughlife.blogspot.co.nz/2011/11/back-from-russia.html http://weavingthroughlife.blogspot.co.nz/2012/03/part-of-our-dream-is-over.html
In August my husband and I meet our little boy. We haven't really thought it would actually happen after loosing the twins. When he walked in the room, I was sure I wanted this child, but it was too good to be true. It was our last effort to try and adopt again, if this failed we were emotionally done.
When we went on the second trip to attend court in December, we took our youngest to meet her little brother. We had hated leaving her on all the other trips, and it was great for her to process what was going to happen. She had a great time and played in snow for the first time. It was -25 on the day we arrived. The best part of the trip was the judge said yes! The bonus of the trip was we had a whole day to wait in Hong Kong on the way home and went to Disneyland.
The last trip I had to go on my own because of the expense. This trip was pretty hard on my own. He really struggled on the 3 flights, poor wee thing. One airline (11 hour flight) forgot to provide food for him and I had booked a seat for him too.
It is soooo good to finally after 2 years have him home. We are surprised that the quiet introvert child has turned in to a loud mouth and has quite the sense of humor. He is a valcro baby at the moment but is getting more secure each day. And we are VERY grateful to have him home.
|Outside the orphanage|
|Seeing our little boy for the first time|
|He started warming up, very scared boy|
This is the trip to court to legally become the parents of Alexander
|Arriving at the airport at night|
|Orphanage playground in Snow|
|Chanel at the hotel, nearly Christmas time|
|Chanel meeting her new brother to be|
|His cot second from the wall|
|Ice fishing on the frozen sea|
|Waiting to leave Vladivostok|
|Arriving at Hong Kong waiting to go to Disneyland|
|Arrived home just before Christmas. |
This is our Russian Christmas village.
|dressing him ready to leave the orphanage|
|In the hotel|
Finally Home and loving it!!
|First Plum off the tree|
|Meeting one of his grandparents|
|First trip to the beach|
|Brother and sister|