Monday, April 21, 2008

moscow - trip 3 - day 10

Our last day in Moscow! We are both so excited about finally going home! Overall, I think Eli had a better day today. He was very cranky when he woke up this morning. I woke up to him banging on the side of the crib, and he was fussy. He fell asleep for his morning nap early, a little before 9:00am. He slept for 1 1/2 hours, and after, he felt much better. He was smiling and laughing. He has actually started playing with some of the toys. He is holding them, looking at them, and using his hands to explore them a little, instead of just throwing them across the room.

He slept for 1 1/2 hours this afternoon too. After his nap, when he started getting cranky, we turned on the music again, and it was amazing. He turned around to look, and then relaxed immediately. R and I took turns holding him, and he was sweet and snuggly. He made good eye contact today, even once or twice when he was eating dinner. He did much better today with his bottles. He drank 3 4oz. bottles of formula and 1 4 oz bottle of diluted juice, and he was able to drink them in one sitting, instead of stopping and starting several times. He is figuring out how to suck on the nipple now. So, R and I can see the changes in him in just a week's time. It will be amazing to see how much better things will be for all of us once we are finally HOME.

We have enough SkyMiles now to request an upgrade on tomorrow's flight, so we will be asking/begging at check-in. The flight isn't full, so we feel we have a chance! We're afraid to get our hopes up, but it would make all the difference in our comfort on the long trip home.

We are almost packed, and Anton and Katia are picking us up tomorrow morning at 8:30. Please pray that we have a safe, smooth trip and that Eli has an easy time and isn't too stressed by all the stimulation.

Our next post will be from HOME, and our sweet Eli will be a U.S. citizen! Praise God!



He is the cutest!!!

11 comments:

Denise and Mike said...

How exciting to finally be traveling home. I saw a family in first class with two children on our flight and I thought at that time, "we should try to get an upgrade" when we come home that third trip. I hope you get the upgrade, it will be so nice. It's good that you have enough miles. Have a happy last day and a great trip home!

Tiger & Kar said...

Congratulations on your last day in Moscow! I'm sure you're very excited to finally be heading home w/ Eli. We'll pray for safe, uneventful and peaceful journey tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

I've been reading your blog from afar. On top of all of the changes, could Eli be cutting any teeth? That could explain no naps/fussing. I find that when kids are busy, they do not notice the pain of teeth until they actually stop to sleep, then they recognize the pain. Just a thought. It will be great for you to get him home!
Deb in Baltimore

Ainsley Wiles said...

I can't wait to meet the little guy. It could be teeth, if he's drooling and chewing/bitting that's probably it. When you guys are up for visitors, let me know.

Gracie said...

Hey Ana and Russ,
I can't wait for you to come home. Just 1 more day and you will be back! I'll be thinking and praying that you will get home safely! I love you and Russ lots!

Gracie said...

This one is for Eli.- Tell Eli I said hey and that I can't wait to see him and hold him! Also tell him that I love him very much!

Becky and Keith said...

Good luck coming home!! I'll be praying for an uneventful flight for you - and for an upgrade. I know you're more than ready to sleep in your own bed!

Joy said...

He looks so sweet holding his blanket and sucking his thumb. I will pray that you have an uneventful trip home.
Joy

Antoine & Lori said...

I hope you have a safe trip home! I'm so excited that you're finally going to get to start "real life" as a family! Lori

jeneflower said...

Congratulations! He is a sweetie!

Teresa & Kevin said...

Hi Ana,
It is so wonderful that you guys will finally be bringing Eli home!!! Have a safe and Fun trip!! Congratulations! We are so happy for you all!!