Whew! What a day! Let me start at the beginning:
We left the hotel this morning at 8:00 am to go to the orphanage to see Aidan. He's teething, two teeth are coming in the lower set, and he has a cold. I think he has a sore throat, too. So, needless to say, he was tired, cranky, and not very happy. But, he let me hold him and comfort him and he almost fell asleep for a while on my shoulder. And, he let Pat get close, touch him and even give him a kiss. He'll be alright with us once he is away from the orphanage and we can concentrate on just him.
Once we got back, we were tired, but very hungry so we went for lunch--I actually ate Pizza! It had the required dill on it that is on all Russian food. But, I was very hungry so ate it. After we got back to the room, we knew we could be called at any moment to go back to court so we decided to just relax and wait. 5 minutes later, Yelena knocked on the door and asked how long until we could be ready. 5 minutes after that, we were headed downstairs and off to court!
I was so emotional! The paperwork was in indicating that the mother and any family members no longer living at the registered address and that her whereabouts are unknown. The paper wasn't the one the judge wanted but she said she would accept it this time and it would be the last time she accepts it. Thanks be to God! After everyone had agreed that we would be good parents to Aidan (Stepan), we were sent out of the room. When we were called back in, the judge gave us her yes!
So, we're still on the same schedule to return. Tomorrow we will go back to the orphanage again and we will see Aidan every day except Saturday and Sunday.
Thank you for the prayers! They are so helpful! Two weeks until we are back in Moscow. . .
Stacy and Pat and now Aidan!