Day 6 in Kostanai

September 9, 2008 at 3:26 pm 4 comments

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008: Day 6 in Kostanai

Note: I wrote this post in the morning before we had a chance to experience another beautiful day in Kostanai.

Grocery Store/Mall

Sorry, no baby pictures yet! It is really hard to keep track of what day it is when your only responsibility in life is to get out of bed and to be ready by 12:30 p.m. to go to the baby house for visitations. We’re still feeling a little unsure about things as a new director for the Delphin House has yet to be appointed. As a result, we haven’t been able to see any medical reports and aren’t sure how the new director will want to proceed in our adoption process. If you let your mind wander scenarios can get scary, so I’m just trying to focus on the positive and not thing about negative possibilities. For instance, we’re here, we’re on a daily visiting schedule, we’re getting to know our child better (grunting during feeding time means, “I’m full! Give me tea!”), and we’re ready for some next steps.

Although we haven’t received the official medical report, I sent some preliminary observations and pictures to the children’s international medical consultant we secured before leaving. Our first report back was positive and answered a couple questions we had, but it is only based on a small amount of information from our untrained eyes. We believe and feel that this is a healthy child but we would like all information possible before reporting out to friends and family. Of course, we are accepting of a range of medical issues but we just want to know what is known at this time. Every day we hope for our consultation with the doctor.

I suppose we are starting to get into a daily routine. Here is mine: I get up (a little late as my internal clock is still adjusting), make some coffee, check my email, journal for a little bit, pick up the apartment, have some breakfast, wash my hair in the kitchen sink (no shower yet), get cleaned up, knit a little bit, and then leave for the orphanage. (Doug has actually been doing a little work in the mornings.) After our visitation, which ends around 2 p.m., we’ve been going out to lunch and then for a walk/exploration of another part of our local surroundings. By the time our “lunch outing” is over, it is usually around 7 or 8 p.m. so we return to the apartment and do a little more of what we did in the morning. Pretty exciting, huh!

Tomorrow I’m determined to start practicing yoga when I first get up because I think, other than walking, it is going to be my only other form of exercise. I brought a couple yoga and Pilates DVDs (yes, I’ve used them before) and I think they’ll be very useful in stretching my muscles that tightened up every night from sleeping on an incredibly uncomfortable bed. (We Americans are really spoiled, you know!)

Honestly, though, the weather has been so incredibly beautiful and the park and walking areas are so nice, I’ve really enjoyed just being able to wander around as we get more and more acclimated to our temporary home. Again, people are very helpful and patient.

Yesterday, Doug and I went to the KazPost (the post office) to pick up another Internet card. The woman who had sold them to us before some how told us that she was out and we had to go around the corner to purchase more. We walked into this new establishment (new to us),  found the correct counter, and asked if anyone spoke English. Before we could get a reply, the woman from the KazPost came in, a little out of breath, and told the people just what we needed. She must have thought that we would have a difficult time and had run around the corner to help us out. How nice! She was incredibly sweet and smiling! Truly, everyone has been very kind!

Internet Connection: We are able to access the online world via a dial-up connection by plugging into our telephone and calling a number and using a password provided on the Internet card. It works but is it slow! It took almost 10 minutes to upload two pictures to an email. The first two cards we bought cost $500 tenge, which is about $4.20 U.S. dollars. They allow quite a bit of time online if it is managed well. Yesterday, we purchased cards for $1,000 tenge, which are supposedly a good buy in that you pay a little more but get more for the money. Think of it as buying in bulk.

Late Update: Supposedly a new director was appointed today which means that we will finally get our medical report and background information tomorrow. Fingers are crossed!!!


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  • 1. KJ, Steve and Tougy  |  September 9, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Hello, hello,

    So GREAT to hear from you. We have been holding our breath, waiting to hear more. It’s good to hear that things seem to be moving in a positive direction in the midst of such a major transition over there. Enjoy the beautiful weather. As I write this the rain is being beaten into the windows by strong winds. : )

    We’ll continue checking in and will drink in all we can of your experience through your written words, until we can soak in your little one through photos!

    KJ, Steve and Tougy

  • 2. Tricia  |  September 9, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    That is unbelievable how you got caught in between directors. I hope you do get your information tomorrow and feel better about things. I can’t wait to see your baby! I keep checking your blog a few times a day. Isn’t it something how time flies there even though you feel like you are only doing simple things? Glad you are having good weather and are in a great location to enjoy it. Rustam says “hi” from the USA. Tricia

  • 3. Maddy Arsenault  |  September 9, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Thanks for keeping us up to date. I must check my e-mail, Skype and your blog 5 times a day anyway. I’m still trying to be “calm & patience” but am so excited to see our new baby. Honestly, it’s a hard wait but I realize there isn’t much you can do about it. It is now approximagely 4:30 a.m. where you are sooooo, I am anticipating getting up tomorrow and hoping to see some pictures sometime during the day.

    Going to Dylan’s first football game tomorrow but that is at 4:00 p.m. our time.

    Hugs, kisses and love to both of you


  • 4. Susan  |  September 10, 2008 at 3:56 am

    Hello there! We burned thru 3 3000 tenge cards before we got DSL. Very helpful advice..lower the resolution of your pictures….it downloads way quicker!! Once I did that, we could post much much faster. The program is called pixresizer…just google it…and hopefully you can download it.

    we bought our cards at the kaztelcom office, which is probably where you went the 2nd time. That’s probably where the post office lady went to get yours.

    Glad that you are getting the medical info so you can post pictures. I wont’ brag and say how cute your kiddo is..since I have seen the cutie live. 🙂

    I am impressed you’re going to do yoga. I brought a video but have yet to get it out and do it. I thoguht i’d go nuts not running everryday like i do at home,but nope, cant say i miss it.
    i guess my mind is on much more important things! 🙂

    I will tell everyone that you guys look HAPPY and glowing when you are with your kiddo!!


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