We have just under 24 hours remaining here in Moscow before we head home for the final time with Brayden. Ashton cannot wait. We have been fortunate enough to be able to talk to Ashton in the morning when he wakes up, and also again when he gets off the bus in the afternoon. The conversation with Ashton begins the same every time with him saying..."Where is my baby brother? Can I see him?"
Yesterday (Thursday) we had our immigration interview at the US embassy. There we met 3 other American families who just adopted from here as well. We were the only family who adopted from the Moscow area. One family adopted from southern Russia and the other two were from eastern Russia (Siberian Region). After the interview we were handed a large sealed envelope that is not to be opened until we go through immigration (passport control) back in the US; and if you forget these simple instructions, they are stamped all over the large envelope. For the time being, Brayden is still considered a Russian citizen; however once we land on US soil and his Russian passport is stamped by US immigration officials, Brayden will officially become a US citizen (he will also maintain him Russian citizenship as well - dual citizenship).
The only remaining item left to do here in Russia before we leave is to register Brayden with the Russian Consulate. This is a requirement for all adoptees from Russia. Until Brayden is 18 year old, we are required to submit yearly post-placement reports (updates, photos, etc.) to the Russian government so that they can see how "their children" are doing. This registration should be completed by 2pm this afternoon and then it is "packing time." We are not particularly looking forward to the 13+ hours flight home with a 10 month old; however we will get through it one way or another. Besides, chances are we will never see the people sitting around us on the plane again! :)