happy birthday Elias and Cora B. Ludwig

The twin’s turned  2 today. Here are a couple highlights from the day:

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Elias feeds Cora some pancake at Prunes.

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Family boda-boda ride to dinner. Note the irony: for Owen’s bday we rode horses. For the twins’ we rode bodas. Seemed like a good way to embrace and immerse ourselves in the twins’ culture while having a little fun. The kids LOVED it. (That’s Adam riding backwards with the go-pro to fully capture the experience. Footage will be used for our full-length adoption documentary, ha)

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This, probably the best moment of the day (though it was hard to capture on film because we were outside in the dark). The expressions on Cora and Elias’ faces while we sang Happy Birthday to them were priceless to say the least. They are starting to get a taste for how loved they are.

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Everything is running out… dish soap, conditioner, malaria pills, jungle oats, chocolate syrup, anit-itch cream, catsup (for pretty much all of Tyra’s meals and for Macy’s hair), diapers, my patience… it’s time to come home. #workingonit

a different kind of progress

We might not have had success at the Embassy this week, but we have had some very encouraging progress on the home-front. Elias and Cora have learned to sign the word “more.” This is a huge deal because, before they had a way of communicating their need peacefully, their requests for more food were continual, anxious, incredibly loud shrieks and cries (keep in mind they feed in a frenzy, thinking that they have to eat as fast as possible to get more food and to fill their bellies before the food runs out and they go hungry. Hence the continual whining). It made mealtime not very fun for any of us.

This tool has given the twins an easy way to communicate with us, and has lowered the stress level at meals for the family as a whole. It is such a relief to be making progress on the food and mealtime issues so quickly. I can’t even begin to tell you how big of a stressor this was for both the kids and for us just a few weeks ago. It’s good news.

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Elias, demonstrating his new skill and thoroughly enjoying the reaction from the crowd when he does it.

hurry up and wait

This week it feels like we basically stood still when it comes to getting ourselves back home. We did get an Embassy appointment much faster than we thought and we were super excited/encouraged by that. But when we got there and turned in all of our documents, two errors were discovered- one on the passports (the passports again?! ugh) and another on the probation letter. This means a few days of setbacks and waiting while our lawyer is trying to get those documents updated so that the Embassy has what it needs (note: the embassy did give me props on the thoroughness and quality of the paperwork I had filled out, which I was excited about until they told me the news of the things that need to be corrected before we can move forward).

If it weren’t for these setbacks, we would have for sure been able to make our scheduled plane flight home. Now, it is looking very doubtful we will make our flight as we are pushed back several days in the process. I keep reminding myself that it’s just days, and that after being here for so long it’s not that big of a deal, but it feels like a big deal, and I’m not thrilled about it. I was really hoping to avoid spending the money to change the plane flights, and really hoping to get the kids back in school ASAP. I was also hoping for a chai from Starbucks…

So, now we keep waiting, and we see what happens. It drives me slightly crazy that I have no control over this process, and that I can’t figure out if we should pay to change tickets, or leave them as-is in hopes of some unlikely surprise in timing. I know we are in good company as so many stories I’ve heard from families that have gone before us here have ended the same way with the visa process, and I also know that it will work out to be no big deal in the grand scheme of things. Here’s to (at least) one more “crazy” to embrace before heading home.