Oh boy, where do we start?
First off, let me apologize for the rambling nature of this post. It’s been a looooonnnnnggggg day. For those of you who have been itching for news, yes, we were able to pick up the boys today. We were also able to get their passport applications in. Olga thinks they will be ready Thursday or Friday – right on schedule.
This may have been the best and worst day of our lives – OK, not quite worst, but pretty bad. Don’t worry, there is nothing serious. Lara and I just got our crash course in parenting two toddlers who speak another language in a foreign land while staying in a non-child-proofed apartment. At least watching all those episodes of “Super Nanny” has payed off. Not so much that it helped us know what to do, but that we had an idea just how trying this could be. I guess we can sum it all up by saying Lara was peed on, pooped on, and bit, all in one day.
Having both boys has seriously been a blessing and a curse. Evan was a miracle working with Alex. Alex was pretty scared when we came to get them, but Evan calmed him right down. We were worried about the car ride from Karachev to Bryansk, but the boys played well the entire way. This was a typical “Olga day”. She picked us up at 8:30, and we were running until about 1:30 when she unceremoniously dropped the four of us off at the apartment and bolted for Moscow. Lara and I didn’t have anything to eat from 3:00 yesterday until we munched on bits and pieces of the boys dinner tonight. And the boys didn’t get to eat lunch until about 2:00.
We finally managed to get them a decent dinner, and that’s when the real fun began. Both boys have a case of diarrhea – we’re not sure if it’s because of the dietary changes or what, but man that hit fast! We’ve been through 3 of the 5 changes of clothes we brought for them already (that’s right, both of them). Not bad for about 10 hours!
The bedtime routine had to be the best part. That’s where the curse comes in. Both boys would feed off each other, and we could not find a way to calm them down. We exhausted our little bits of Russian in the first 10 minutes, to no avail. They were so wound up. Pretty much every moveable item in the bedroom has been placed on top of the closet, and I would have put the closet up there too if I could. The bed was a trampoline, jungle gym, and fort. The window sill was a climbing wall. Lara’s bras were awesome toys (too bad we didn’t get a picture of that one). It’s all to be expected, of course, but holy cow, what an experience! They finally both tuckered out about 30 minutes ago. I think I even got some night video of them sleeping.
There will be no pictures today. We were only able to get a few anyway, and there is no way I’m going to go digging around for the USB cable now and risk waking up the demon children! Hopefully we’ll get into a little better flow tomorrow, and we’ll be able to get some pics and video out then.