We were told to be ready for 9 so we rushed around feeding Zoya, giving her her first bath (YAY)..oooo she smells so good!, getting ourselves ready, and eating a little something. We never got picked up until about 10 and then went to get Zoya's medical. When Nico picked us up he had another couple in the car with him. They had tried to leave out of Kiev airport for their flight back to the US for their 10 day wait, but it was cancelled. Nothing seems to be moving out of Germany to the US, which is where our connection in on Thursday. It doesn't seem that there is any availability with any other connection, such as Madrid, since so many people have been stranded and are trying to get home. This couple was told they the earliest they could get a flight out would be Friday and that would only get them to Germany, from there they will have to figure out a connection to the U.S. So although the news is saying things are moving again, it is not the case here for our route just yet. We are hoping and praying that come Thursday morning, all flights will resume and we will be able to get home! It is not easy in this little apartment to entertain a very active baby all day long! We are going to venture out tonight, maybe to TGI Fridays or this little Ukrainian cuisine restaurant and stop at a toy store we saw on our drive here.
Anyway, after we got picked up we were taken to the medical clinic for Zoya's visa medical. When we walked in it was the worst waiting room nightmare I've ever imagined. We were worried, but Nico got us in quick. Zoya weighed in at 24 POUNDS! Woah! I think it's all in her little belly and her cheeks! The doctor didn't do much. Just checked her heart and lungs and filled out some paperwork...$110 later, we walked out. When we walked out, one of the waiting people said in a really snotty tone, "OOOhhhh Ammeeerrrrricans." She was mad we got to go in so fast and they had been waiting. I'd be mad too but I don't think they were paying $110 to be seen either! It is interesting to see all the stares and whispers when we have Zoya out in public. She just waves at the people who stare at her and I think it shocks most people. Next we went to the U.S. embassy to fill our paperwork for Zoya's visa. We were told it would be ready today but it now will not be ready until 2pm tomorrow. Good thing we were unable to book our flight Wednesday due to the lovely volcano...because we'd be going nowhere.
We can't wait to get home and are feeling the stress of thinking we could be here another week if things don't clear up. Here are some pictures from the train ride and from our apartment.
This is us with our amazing facilitator Marina
Zoya on the train
Looking out the window on the train
Sleeping on the train
In her comfy cozy jammies
Wide awake at 1am!
"This is so cool...we never got to do anything like this in the orphanage." -Zoya
Playing on the floor in her cute cat-bum jammies Aunt Jen bought her.
She can pull her feet all the way to her ears!!
An update on Zoya's clothes sizes. We originally thought her foot size was between a 4 and 5 from tracing her foot on a piece of paper. So we bought mostly 5's and one pair of 4's. The 4s keep falling off, so I will have to buy a couple pair of 3s. She wears both 12 and 18 month clothing. The pants that are 12 months are a tad short, but they work. The pants that are 18 months seem to be a better fit, but sometimes too big around the waist. For shirts, the 18 month shirts are too long on her arms, the 12 month length seems to be better for her arm length but then they are too short. So all around I'd say 18 month size is the best for her now....we will just roll up her sleeves. We thought it was the opposite, but she has short arms and long legs.