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.