Gabe spent those early moments playing with toys and dressing up in Mama's clothes.
|He had to go show Vika how he was dressed in mom's pajamas and boots.|
|Relaxing while watching the Disney Channel in Russian. He was quite impressed!|
Later that morning I offered him more foods, and finally got him to try some things as long as I ate some first and didn't give him too big of bites.
As you can see, Gabe has quite the cold sore on his lip, so we headed to the pharmacy across the street to try and find something to put on it. I was hoping I could just point to it and the pharmacist would know what I needed. This would be our first outing together, so I was a little nervous about how we would do! We bundled the kids up and off we went! Gabe was ready to get out of the hotel room for sure.
|Walking to the pharmacy....so far, so good.|
|Sleep soundly, my little angel.|
|Teddy had to get in on the action, too.|
|Peek-a-boo, I see you!|
The second day was a great day. We learned a lot about each other and began communicating better. He struggled a bit with wanting to hit and resisting my instructions. I can't imagine how frustrating and scary it must be to suddenly be placed with people who don't speak your language, taken from the only life you've ever known. I showed him each time he hit how to touch nicely, taking his hand gently and stroking my face and arm with it while saying, "soft." I watched his eyes as he tried to understand. I will be patient with you, my dear little boy.
As we fell asleep that night, I got this photo from Brian. I was surprised how I instantly had tears streaming down my face to see our front door had been "heart-attacked". I wrote back to Brian and simply asked, "how will we ever repay all of these people?" I don't have the answer, except that I will share our story as often as I can, and pay forward all of the love, sacrifice, and friendship we have been shown.