(This post is from yesterday. Blogger was being uncooperative and would not post.)
Today was what we believe were our last visits with Quinton at the orphanage. Tomorrow we will be busy paper chasing and we will definitely miss our morning visit. Our visits here, although monotonous, have been such a blessing. There were many times that we both wanted to be home so badly, but being here this long has truly given us a chance to bond with Quinton which I believe in the end will make his transition much easier. Since we figured out the mystery of why he would not eat/drink for us, I did an experiment this morning. I made him some oatmeal and added some milk to give it the same consistency of his lunch they fed him yesterday. We poured it into a bottle and he took it! He was not too willing at first, but I just talked to him gently and held his hands and once he realized what it was, he ate it and did not want to stop. The rest of the morning he looked at me with these eyes of adoration and just smiled. It was so sweet. Today we were not just playmates, we were providing for his needs and I think he realized that.
When we went to take him back this evening, one of the nannies who we have grown very fond of was leaving for the day. We had to leave him with one of the nannies who we will just say is less than gentle. The nanny who was leaving walked back in and took him from her and gave him a hug and a kiss before she left. I wish they could all be like that.
On Tuesday, we will go to the orphanage and finish up paperwork. Then we will have a celebration with his nannies and the kids in his groupa. We have been baking all night to get ready and will probably be doing the same tomorrow. We can't wait! This journey has been so long. We are so close to closing this chapter in our lives and looking forward to starting a new one together as a family of 3.
Countdown to gotcha day: 2 days!