She wasn’t always a swan
But one interesting thing did happen. Dr. Natalia stopped by.
But wait, since
I have little to report in terms of cute baby action, I should fill the entry
with information that many people have been asking me. I have forgotten that
many of you gentle readers are not in the adoption know how. So this is how it works in
parent does a buttload of paperwork in order to get a referral or a match with
a baby. That is common no matter what country. But where
Where Kokshetau differs is that after the court decision, they give immediate custody of the baby to the parent. But, we still have to wait for the 2 week waiting period. So those of us who get a referral in Kokshetau are committed to a 6-7 week trip. Which is a long damn trip. (And I’m only in week 1 for god’s sake).
But, the reason people put up with the difficult time table and adopt from Kaz is because of the care that the babies receive in the babyhouses. They get massage therapy and music and have a very low caregiver to baby ratio. Where Kokshetau also differs from the rest of Kaz is that there is no babyhouse. There is a maternity hospital where the babies stay until they are 3 months old and then a children’s hospital where they are moved after 3 months. So I am visiting Annabelle in the children’s hospital.
And that takes me back to where I started…. With Dr. Natalia’s drop by Visit. Dr. Natalia is the head of the Maternity hospital, where Annabelle spent her first 3 months. Anyway, Dr. Natalia stopped by during my visit and upon seeing Annabelle exclaimed, “well, she’s so pretty now.” And then she said, “well, I can tell you this since she is so pretty now, but when she was born, she was not at all pretty. In fact, she was so tiny and ugly.” Oh, my poor little darling girl. Apparently she started off as an ugly duckling and then blossomed into a swan! I can’t imagine an ugly annabelly!
Dr. Natalia will be the one to tell me whatever information she has on Annabelle’s birth parents. We are meeting again on Friday to discuss this. (Today’s visit was a drive by only).
And that’s about it for today. Sorry, hopefully more pictures and fun tomorrow (if I get some sleep that is!)