Lucky day for those not so subtle hints I’ve been receiving requesting pictures. As I mentioned, we left the device in Kyiv to transfer photos to the computer. We also neglected to bring the battery charger. Oops. I ran out of camera power on about Tuesday morning. Major bummer. The cell phone camera isn’t great with such a lag before the “snap” so they weren’t the first pictures I wanted to use to introduce you to the kids. But, my friend along on part of the journey, was kind enough to leave her camera in our care when she left today. Also, in case the spelling is important to you, I will mention two mistakes I made yesterday. Chris fell asleep before I published Day 7 so he corrected me this morning. It is Denis with one N (not Dennis), and Eduard with a U (not Edward). These spellings are apparently more true to their Ukrainian translation and we want that. Not complete without Edik, of course, but since he is more than two hours away we can’t be together yet. We have those group shots on the inaccessible camera. Edik-had the hardest time capturing him on the slow phone camera. He complies with a glance toward the camera, but it takes too long to snap, and then he’s back to the business of playing.
Ana-she doesn’t pose a natural smile for the camera, but smiles a lot now that we are getting to know one another. She may be self conscious because of a retainer that makes it difficult to speak. After a hug greeting for me today she was quick to ask “Where’s papa?” He was crouching behind a desk at the back of the classroom hoping for a good “Boo!”, but I think his steam was stolen when the teacher came in seconds behind her and he wasn’t feeling quite so bold with a stranger in the room. Denis-smiles a ton. Seems the most confident. We had another good visit at the orphanage this afternoon. It wasn’t nearly as long as yesterday, only about 1 1/2 hours. The kids had medical exams this morning related to this whole adoption process. When we asked how it went at the Dr. they both pulled up a sleeve to show blood draw marks on the upper forearm/inner elbow crease. I showed sympathy and asked if they cried. I think I got a proud “no” type response from both kids.
The big kids remember Edik, especially Denis asks about him and when they can see him. It is so sad that they have this distance separating them, for more than a year, from what I understand. They were very interested both times that we had photos of Edik on the cameras to show them. Denis was especially proud and wanting to show his little brother to other kids and teachers in our vicinity. We don’t think Edik remembers them. It will be a milestone when they are reunited!