On the day we went to the orphanage to get Stasik for good, the alarm went off and I turned my music on to Celine Dion's song, A New Day. I don't know why I thought of it but the song was so appropriate for the day. If you haven't heard it recently, you should take a listen. It is very fitting.
Today was truly a new day for Stasik. His first day to not wake in some institution, either orphanage or hospital. I wonder what he thought waking up and seeing his new mom, right there. He seems to be adjusting well. He did great riding in a car seat yesterday. That was one worry we had since we don't believe the orphanage uses one. When he first got in the seat, he just looked up and down and all around in wonder. It didn't take him long to settle down for a long nap.
It did take him a while to go to sleep last night. Debbie fed him when we got home, had some floor time with him and then we both did our best to hold him and rock him to sleep. He wouldn't shut his eyes! We could only imagine what our own thoughts would have been at the end of that long first day out of the orphanage. We finally came to the conclusion that perhaps he was afraid to fall asleep, because if he did, he could no longer see his mom and she might not be there when he woke. We also surmised that he has probably never been held and rocked to sleep. That is so sad to think of a child never having someone whose arms he can fall asleep in. Based on this thought, Debbie put Stasik down in his portable crib and turned the lights out. He never so much as whimpered. He went to sleep.
Stasik slept through the entire night. He woke us this morning kicking his leg up and down but still making no sounds. He has been up and active this morning. He's eaten twice. He is able to keep most of his food down but Enfimil is a problem. Debbie has given up on that. He did eat some chicken and apples which has a good amount of protein, bananas with potassium and rice with several vitamins. He's drinking water to keep hydrated. So, I think he will be just fine until he gets home to get some vitamin fortified water or juices.
He's down for a nap now. Again, going to sleep on his own in the crib. It is sunny here today, although it is cold. We are going to try to bundle him up and at least get him out for a few minutes of wonderful, Vitamin D filled, sunshine.
We continue ..... waiting in Kiev.