Most of our visits include a session in the walker.
In a few years it will be “Mommy! Mommy! Watch me mommy! I’m gonna dive! Mommy! Mommy! Are you watching?”
But for now, one of us points G’s walker at the other, a few feet away, who calls her name, claps and makes funny noises and faces in the hope that she’ll look at us, smile and (attempt to) lurch our way. But there are so many interesting things in the room that it’s a crap shoot. Also, her steering is non-existent. So even if she does start your way, she often drifts off course and finds interest in whatever she runs into. We just want her to focus all her attention on us. Is that too much to ask?
Similarly we keep trying to teach her new baby tricks — sitting, crawling, standing, walking, etc. I wonder if she’s growing tired our tricks and needs fresh entertainment. “Oh. He’s holding me over his head again. Wow, I didn’t see that coming.”
Today was our fourteenth day of bonding. Tomorrow we will notarize Russian translations of our dossier, including a “We have completed 14 days of bonding” statement. This will be used to request a court date. All part of a series of steps that unfortunately have to be done sequentially. For example, the court date will probably be at least a week away, but we couldn’t request it a week ago. We had to wait until we finished the required bonding period. Oh, well. Their country, their rules. We’re just guests.
The last two days were fairly uneventful lunch-wise. We ate fast food at Ankara yesterday and the Karaganda Cafe today. Today was complete point-and-guess as we were unaccompanied by a translator. I got liver (not my favorite) and Theresa got a mystery meat that made the liver taste good. Last night was home-style chicken cutlets and leftover pasta. Tonight Theresa cooked up some Manti (large dumplings) from the grocery store.