Thursday, August 2, 2007
Our adventure continues
We made it to Almaty!!!! After a 4 hour hot car ride experiencing race car passes on the roadway, we got to our hotel. It is a far cry from the Almaty I visited in 1995. It has grown tremendously and is very cosmopolitan! There are still some interesting fumes in the air however. Even though the room costs us a nite the equivalent of a 4 nite stay at the Hilton, and we didn’t have much choice as all was full, we are relaxing and enjoying getting ready for the long trip home. John had a fever in this morning, and has developed a cough. He has slept most of the day. I have a sore throat and am very tired. We are only hoping our little one will stay healthy between the 2 of us.
We have the cutest little passport of him, John was cracking up at the baby passport that he has never seen before. G whipped it out at the border crossing. An adventure itself. We got to cut in front of everybody because we had our baby. Our little boy is so fantastic!!! He is sooo alert and curious, responsive, has the greatest giggle and biggest smile for us. He has taken to us tremendously and loves kisses, and hugs, and cuddling!!! He is also very smart and learning things very quickly. Like when he is hungry and sees us making a bottle he quiets right away. It has been so much fun learning his different crys, for a gas bubble to a wet diaper, to a give me some food!!! He adjusts well to the different surroundings and only complains a wimper when the “lab doctor” takes blood from him. Michael had to go to the SOS clinic to have his medical clearance exam. He is a flexible, happy, “talkaltive” little guy. He is easy to put down for sleep, and has gone to only waking once during the nite with an atomic diaper.
We have so enjoyed reading the comments and support from you all. We love to check our blog to see anything new. We found out about the 35W bridge today by 2 UPS pilots in the elevator of our hotel. They were admiring Michael. We were shocked and saddened by the event and praying no one we know was affected. Gen’s brother was the only one in her family that was in the city and he emailed to let us know he was okay
We hope to meet up with someone who knows a lady in our parenting class to give us a briefing on Almaty. The only thing we have left to do is to get the visa on Monday and then take off on Tuesday early am if all goes well!
As we were tired, we splurged on a 17 dollar hamburger, fries, and coleslaw. It was actually pretty good. We have yet to sample the gelato however. It looks fantastic!!