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We are currently a very happy family of 3 making the exciting and fulfilling journey to soon be 4!
We welcome you all to join with us and to be apart of this amazing experience together...

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"Adopting one child won't change the world; but for that child, the world will change!"


Brayden Heading Home (12 Hour Flight)!

Brayden and Mommy in Red Square!

Brayden and Daddy!

Brayden playing with Mommy!

"Gotcha Day" - 10/12/2009

New Family Photo - September 28, 2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

We Are Bonding...

Today starts the 2nd full day that we have had Brayden with us in our apartment, and things could not have gone any better. He is adapting great to "normal" life with us. The first night Brayden went to sleep without any issues, but woke up 2 hours later crying. This was the first time in all of our visits that we actually heard him cry. Typically, babies from orphanages do not cry very much because their cries usually go unanswered. We think he woke up briefly and realized that he was in a new crib in a completely new environment and it may have scared him a little. After about 5 minutes of rocking and re-assuring, he fell back to sleep and slept through the night, waking up at 7:30am the next morning.

The first full day together (Tuesday) started with a medical checkup for the US Embassy. In order to file immigration paperwork, a medical exam must be done on the baby with an Embassy approved pediatrician. After the medical exam we returned to the apartment to fill out the 6 page immigration application, with our adoption agency, which we are submitting this morning to the US Embassy here in Moscow. The weather yesterday was sunny and approx 55 degrees, so we tried out the new stroller and walked around the city with him for the first time. He had a chance to do a lot of "people watching" and to take all of the new sights and sounds all in.

Last night Brayden went to bed at 8:15pm and slept straight through the night, waking up at 8am this morning. He appears to be a sleeper! As we type this, we are looking out from our 22nd story apartment, watching a spectacular sunrise over the Kremlin walls, and realize how fortunate we are to have been able to do this for our family. We certainly have not taken this entire experience for granted.

On the agenda for today is to submit Brayden's immigration paperwork to the US Embassy first thing this morning and to just relax for the rest of the day, bonding with Brayden. He is taking to the two of us very well, and we know he will do the same with Ashton. The weather today is expected to be sunny and 64 degrees. We plan to take him to Red Square and to the Kremlin to take some pictures with him for his scrapbook.

On a side note...Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's motorcade passed in front out our apartment building last night around 7:30pm. We were able to take a few pictures of her limo from our apartment.


  1. Congratulations to all of you, he looks like a very happy little guy!! Sounds like he is adjusting beautifully-and I bet his big brother can't wait until he gets home.
    Have a safe trip back.

    Beth, Michael and the boys

  2. Congratulations. What a journey you've all been on. I've truly enjoyed sharing it with you through your postings.

    By the way, have you noticed he looks like the both of you?

    David D.

  3. Congratulations you guys! So happy it has finally all come together! He looks so happy with you, can't wait to meet him! Have a great week and a safe trip home!

    Love Denise

  4. Grandpa & Grandma Wyllie in FloridaOctober 14, 2009 at 7:37 PM

    HI Barry & Nancy; Sooooooo great to have talked to you both and Brayden this morning. Amazing to have done that AND see you all on the at its finest. So happy only 2 1/2 days left to be in Russia and then HOME.... Glad to hear that ALL is coming to fruition with the adoption ,visa's etc. Can't wait to meet and give Grandma hugs & kisses to Brayden and Ashton ---- soon we hope. Love you, G&G.

  5. Wow, everytime I see pictures it just continues to amaze me at how comfortable Brayden is with his forever family :) Can't wait to see you all!! Have fun and see you soon!