Life at Club Baby House (a term coined by another adoptive family) continues to go well. It is kind of like a mini United Nations. So far we have met four families from the USA, and one each from London, Spain and Germany. There is also another couple from Canada who is using the same agency as we are. Each morning just before 10 am, a caravan of vehicles pulls onto the Baby House grounds. We, along with the other families hop out of vehicles and file into the various rooms to retrieve our children for our morning visit. Around 11:30, the same families slowly trickle back in to deposit their children into the waiting arms of the loving caregivers and then assemble themselves outside to be ferried back off to their respective living quarters. And so the story goes morning and afternoon. It has only been 6 days, but we already dread seeing the hands on the clock tick away, moving toward the time we must depart from our children.
Today had some variety for us. We started our day with a stop at the notary to sign papers allowing our coordinator to proceed with filing our paperwork. We will file these papers with the courts on June 9th (the day after our 15 days of bonding) to petition the adoption of M. Hopefully on the 10th we will be given our court date, which we expect to be 20 to 25 days later. We were only allowed one visit today, as the Baby House is short staffed on weekends, so we decided to do a little exploring of this fine city.
Our first destination was Park Kirova in the centre of down town Ust. It is only about a 15 minute walk from our apartment. The park is about two city blocks in area and appears to be a dedication to General Kirova, but that’s as far as we figured out so far. It is a beautiful area with many trees, flowers and winding brick paths that are scattered with various statues and iron garden figures. The picture above is a statue that caught our attention and seemed fitting to our time here.
We've also included a picture of the view from our apartment. We are fortunate to be along the river because we can get a cool breeze in the evening which helps to make sleep possible.