Today was to be my last day with MG. I was super anxious to get there so I could spend as much time as possible with her. I got there and seriously ran out of the car, let myself in the yard and headed straight for the area where the kids were playing. I swooped her up and we went and found a spot. We played, I took a video, maybe one or two pictures. I was just so engrossed in spending every.single.second interacting with her since I knew it was my last day with her. Plus if I stopped, I might cry.
We went to the tree, which is one of her favorite things. She loves to brush up against the leaves as I hold her. I was getting many laughs and I was wishing I had one more hand to photograph the moment. We wandered around some more, and then sat back in our spot. I had some shoes I wanted to try on her. They didn’t fit. Irina came over and I gave her the shoes along some extra toys MG and I didn’t use up. Bubbles and another beach ball.. Oh and I gave her the extra puffs I brought.
MG has been playing with this electronic phone I brought. You know it plays songs, counts, letters, etc. Well no joke, since I first gave it to her Tuesday she has learned which button does the music, her favorite. I also noticed her just more confident in moving it from hand to hand or flipping it forward, upside down etc. Amazing what one on one time does.
Anyway, I didn’t even realize it but soon everyone was inside and Irina came to say it was yum yum time and then nap. She was like we see you 2. I said no, I am going home…. And then it started, first that burn that suddenly is behind your eyes just before the lump takes over your throat and the tears make their way to the surface. I cried and hugged MG. I passed her off and she winced. At least I like to think she winced because she didn’t want to go. Then Irina smiled and spoke to her in Russian. I didn’t understand what she said but soon she was saying what I could understand and what I was dreading, “Paka Paka Mama”. I composed myself a bit.. Gave them both a hug and off they went. I sat down and waited for my driver. That moment just came too quick. I wanted those last moments back, I wanted some warning that it was going to be ending. You know, like when you tell your kids, “in 5 minutes we are leaving the playground” and you say it again at 2 min and 1. I just wished I hugged her one more time…..
Alex came about 2 min later. He brought some Russian pastries. Well that’s a sure way to cheer a gal up. Off we drove back to Stavropol. I met up with Vlad about an hour after we got there. He and I headed off to the notary to make the whole thing official. After that it was back to the hotel to sign some paperwork with Alex.
I went thru a list of court documents required by the region that was sent to me in February. I honestly think I can gather most of this in two weeks. The ONLY problem. My 171 H fingerprints expire in august. I had an appt as I was on top of this. But, that appt was this week while I was here. So I need to contact them and ask for a rush on a new appt. Besides that, just have to see a psychiatrist and get a letter confirming my sanity, and those are the toughest items. The rest is a lot of paper….
I will start Monday gathering everything else. Once I have it all, I will notarize everything at once, and then apostille. Let’s see how quick I can do this!
Right now I am in Moscow. I got upgraded here to an executive suite so my room is huge and I even splurged and opened some wine from the mini bar. I will be jumping in the big old bath shortly to enjoy some bubbles. My bath at home.. Well let’s just say it is small. When I take a bath only one side of me gets to be in water… So I never take baths.
Alright… Off to relax… Tomorrow I head home!