Nothing too adventurous happened today. The doctor came by at 7am. Despite the fact that such an early call on a Sunday made our hostess more than a bit annoyed, there were no glitches. He believes both boys are healthy, and won’t require any special follow-up when we get home. Of course, we’ll have our own pediatrician confirm it, but that’s always good to hear. The doctor’s assessment is a requisite part of the immigration process. The embassy requires a certified doctor to examine the children as part of the mound of paperwork.
Perhaps the only bit of other news today is that we learned we will not have any appointments tomorrow after all. Constantine stopped by this afternoon to say that Olga is busy, and will not be dragging us around tomorrow. She will submit the papers to the embassy herself. There is a 24 hour waiting period before we all have to go in for an interview. I didn’t realize that all we had to do today was turn in papers. Something seemed strange. We asked, what about the Ministry of Foreign Affairs? Constantine gave a puzzled “good question” look, and simply said, “Olga will call you.”
This made both of us a bit nervous about the next couple of days, but Mila says that we are in good hands, and that Olga is the most reliable person she knows. We can only hope so. We’re entirely dependent upon her to make sure we go to all the right places and submit all the right papers…
Today was a pretty crummy weather day. We did venture out for a few hours again, to get some lunch and wander around the park, but the rain and cold drove us back inside. Being penned up sent Evan into hyperdrive. Today probably set a new “timeout” benchmark, but nothing serious or unusual. I think a lot of it was that by this evening both boys were so tired because of the early wake-up call and no nap. Alex could hardly stand up by the time we declared bedtime. It’s pretty cool that when we ask them if they want to go to sleep (Tee hochesh spat?”) and they both say “Da.”
Since I didn’t get any noteworthy pictures today, I thought I’d try to give you an idea of where we are. Thanks to the magic of Google Maps, here is the general location in the Moscow metro area:
And here is the neighborhood, showing our apartment, the park, and the open-air market: