<Groan> We're relaxing after another delicious lunch prepared by Inna ... a Georgian dish with soup and noodles, and a ragout of meat and potatoes. Definitely not South Beach diet friendly. So, if we roll off the plane in 4 weeks looking a little rounder than you remembered, you'll understand!
Yesterday we we able to spend both visits with Melanie outdoors. It's beautiful here, warm and sunny, but not hot. We of course bundled her up within an inch of her life, only to have a caregiver tell us she was too hot! Usually it's the other way around here ... they dress the babies so warmly and will fuss at you if they're not bundled enough. She was happy to walk around the perimeter of the baby house holding on to our fingers. She is still very serious, only smiles when we swing her around. However, she has definitely tagged us as "HERS" ... as we dropped her off with her group yesterday afternoon, the other children scrambled around us. She started pushing them away, one by one, as if to say, "MINE! MY PARENTS! HANDS OFF!"
We watched "Diner" last night before turning in ... David fell asleep reading his book, and the next thing we knew it was sunup. Another brisk bath and breakfast of bread, cheese, apple and imported Community Coffee. Then off to the baby house, where we once again made the circle around the baby house, again with the group, and with the Spanish family. We were able to talk to them quite a bit ... the husband speaks very passable English. We chatted with one of the doctors, who said that typically cleft children in Kazakhstan don't have their surgery until five years of age.
At one point the Spanish family asked me to take their photo, and I dropped Melanie's hand. She immediately threw herself to the ground in tears, and David swooped in for the comforting. Yep, she's ours all right.
Tonight Aida says she will take us to the Hassenpop ... ?? ... for dinner. Something about German ... and beer ... sounds good to us! Just getting out and about sounds appealing. I'm reading a great book called "Flyboys" -- highly recommend it! Until tomorrow ... da zaftra!
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