Wednesday, October 05, 2011

SDA - Done!

This morning was our SDA appointment - Niko picked us up around 9:15a and drove us there.  We got a nice history lesson on the way, too :)  Amazing that this city is over 1,000 years old, and holds nearly 3 million people, with another half million commuting here each day for work.

Our SDA appointment was a piece of cake - they told us things that we already knew, like the fact that he has Down syndrome, his birthday, his name.  They also told us that he has a hole in his heart, which we did not know before, but knew there was a chance.  However, we feel that this 'diagnosis' is overused, and there's a very good chance that he does not have a hole.  We'll just wait and see when we get home - which is what we planned on doing even before we got here.

We saw 2 baby photos of him, but forgot to bring an updated photo to exchange!  But - Serge said "it's okay - which one you want?" - so this is the one we picked....

We also saw his parents birth dates - March 5, 1983 (father) and September 1, 1981 (mother).  They did sign away their rights, which means that Carter is fully adoptable.

Something interesting we learned yesterday, while talking with Alecia & Brian (from Oklahoma) - in this city, we never see kids.  Ever.  Alecia said when they were here in December, they had their 4 kids with them - and they said they were the ONLY kids around.  There had to be other kids somewhere?  Their facilitator explained it to them this way: "In this country, people don't care about kids.  They care about fashion.  Fashion is everything here.  In America, family is everything - but here, it's about fashion.".

Alright - a few photos from our day...

behind us are the street vendors near the SDA.  We didn't buy anything today, maybe tomorrow after we pick up our referral.  Lots of nesting dolls and Christmas ornaments.  

The infamous SDA sign - Jake is missing, I know.  I figured that our camera is too complicated  to ask Niko to take a photo :)
Maybe I'll photoshop Jake in after we're home :)

A very skeptical babushka.  I'm sure she thought we were spies.  Jake was pretending to take a photo of me in order to get this photo of her.  I'm sure she was on to us.  

And our apartment...just until tomorrow when we move....

the door by the couch leads to the bedroom

It's small - but clean, and that's what really counts :)

And lastly - our food from our first time grocery shopping with Niko...

Yes - we realized we got the wrong milk.  Alecia & Brian showed us the right stuff last night :)  Not bad for $25!

That's all for now - we'll head to Friday's in a bit to relax and get some food (even though it's one of the more expensive places, we like it there because it's somewhat familiar).  Tonight we'll pack our stuff up - just in case we get a call in the morning saying "It's time to move!  We'll pick you up in ten minutes!".  Then tomorrow between 4:00p and 5:00p we'll get our referral, which gives us permission to visit the orphanage & move forward with adopting Carter...I think.  At least that's how I understand it :)

One Thing I Know For Sure:  The SDA was a total piece of cake...!


  1. What a beautiful post to wake up to this morning!!!! SDA appointment MEETING CARTER!!!!!!! I love you and am so very very proud of you!
    Mama G

  2. WoooHoooo!!! Great news!!!

    So very true about not seeing kids around. We saw a lot more when we were down in region both times. Lots more. It's kinda eerie though, isn't it?

    Your apt looks VERY nice. Hope the next one is too. :-)

    Oh, and you know how E's AND J's "hole in their heart" went. (E was listed with an ASD.) God's got it. :-)

  3. How great that your on your way to rescue Carter. I was drawn to special needs adoption blogs, I ave no idea why, and am thinking about it. I have always wanted to adopt, maybe a special little boy or girl over seas will be the one. I hope all runs ok, and that soon we are seeing Caters beutiful little face on your blog. Wishing the best, all the way from Brazil

  4. Ok so sleeping baby's are so cute but man that little guy of yours baby picture is just beautiful!! So happy they spoke up and you got a picture, priceless. Oh!!!!! Just looked at the time you are probably on your way right now getting the referral.....praying for you guys and remember ENJOY tomorrow. Take in everything because you only meet your SON for the first time you guys!!!

  5. I saw his little baby picture and it made me cry. How wonderful to be able to have at least one baby picture of him. Glad the appointment was easy and am looking forward to you meeting him.

    Carlene's soon to be momma :)

  6. I am so extremely excited for you! I have been reading through your blog the last week or so and following your adoption journey. I just now caught up to real time!

    Congratulations on making it this far and I will be praying that the rest of your trip goes smoothly!

    In Christ,

  7. I am in tears Ashley!! Carter's baby picture is beautiful. I love your pictures and your hysterical posts. You are doing a GREAT job showing us around:) I can't wait to get there! Continued prayers coming your way...


  8. Wow what a cute baby picture. I love it. By the way my trip to the store had a lot more chocolate. try the Milka brand it is good.


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