Just another week to go

by Bill - 2007-12-15 - in family / adoption / holmes


... maybe less! That cheers me up. That's assuming everything goes as planned ... and it WILL. I believe in positive thinking (when I'm desperate, anyway, because it leads to positive actions, which lead to positive results, or at least your chances are better). I don't always practice it, but I try. It doesn't always work, but it never hurts. Kinda like that book "The Secret," only not quite so full of it. :)

Yesterday, Elizabeth got mad at me again for some reason while it was my turn to entertain her as Tara was down the hall using the computer, emailing people, etc. Elizabeth's tantrums are steadily decreasing in length and ferocity. Anyway, she got mad, grabbed a plastic bag and started filling it up with her favorite toys. Then she realized she needed another bag, so she grabbed another one and filled that up. She put on her boots and sweater and dragged those bags up to the (locked) front door, saying something about going some place where they speak Russian. :) She got over it five minutes later, just in time for Tara to return.

Later, during another one of my "shifts," after she wet her pants again, I helped her take a bath/shower combination. I'm not sure. Basically, she was playing in the water ... for 25 minutes! I figured "Why not?" It's not my water that she's wasting, and I really had no other plans for the afternoon.


Here is the complete blog of the adoption experience in paperback form, "Russian Adoption: From Nashville to Astrakhan and back". And here is the fictionalized, future "homeland tour" (action adventure) version in various forms: on Kindle, various electronic formats, and in paperback.

This time next week....PreparationThe day beforeTravel dayIn the airWe're in MoscowMoscowCheck out timeWe're in AstrakhanIt's only Monday?What a day...Tuesday (2007-10-02)It's a girl! It's a girl!WednesdayThursdayGreat visitSights of AstrakhanAnother great visitLast visit for a whileAtlanta!We're home! (10/06)Round twoSkora mweh tam boojumInternet accessElizabeth's roomMweh yeddum v aeroport eta ootraIn the air againBack in Moscow (11/26)Tuesday (2007-11-26)Back in AstrakhanRussian adoption consultantComments welcomeShowtime!And the judge says......Success!The day afterSaturday morningMuch better visit todayBeet saladWent for a walk ...Its going to be a good weekShe's warming up to usLight at the end of the tunnelPicture of us before courtMore picturesShe's ours!The first hours of parenthoodBowel movementSleep, what a conceptUpdateNothing much to update about51-1/2 hoursJust another week to goPictures of our life in AstrakhanBack in Moscow (12/18)Moscow update continuedUpdate to the update's updateTo the embassyCan't leave earlyStill in MoscowRiding the MetroRiding the Metro, part deuxWe're home! (12/23)A few picturesAirport arrivalStay tunedMore picsSummaryDoctors say she's normalAdoption videoHolmes Russian adoption videosAdoption videos updatedOur Russian adoption story

Comments
"Just a thought but those baths are probably a real luxury to her since she's probably only gotten a quick sponge bath all her life. A suggestion, though, take it or leave it, would be that next time she wets herself, just sponge her off as best you can. That way maybe she'll learn that she can have a bath if she asks nicely or if it's time but not by wetting herself. I know Katie and Alan are waterhorses and love their baths. I am also a positive thinker and I KNOW you guys will get out of their on time. You have a lot of people thinking and praying for you so it's gonna happen! I have to commend you guys on keeping your sanity (most of the time!) with a 2 year old in a hotel room. I know that's incredibly hard even in the States. There just isn't much to do and it's not your stuff. Anyways, won't be long now! " — Auntie Em, 2007-12-16 03:04:18
"I'm counting the days until you return! I'm going to buy Elizabeth some bathtub paint (don't worry, just colored soap that will wash off) so she can draw on the tub while she takes a bath. With my boys, it reduced the amount of splashing. Can wait to see you guys! " — Ronica, 2007-12-16 03:30:10
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