Today we picked up Brayden from the orphanage! We woke up early and were picked up in front of our apartment today at 10am by Tonya (our translator) and Vladamir (driver) and drove out to the orphanage for the LAST time (thank goodness). The weather here today was rainy, windy and about 45 degrees. The drive took about 2.5 hours... but it could have taken 5....we didn't care!
We were met by the orphanage doctor and she went over Brayden's daily schedule with us (napping times, eating times, types of food, etc.) while one of the nurses grabbed the clothes that we had brought to change him into it. After about 15 minutes, Brayden was brought in to the room (and not wearing purple :). This was a moment that both of us have been waiting for for a very long time.
We quickly snatched him up and headed back to our apartment here in the city of Moscow. On the way we made a "pit stop" to a grocery store to load up on the same foods that he is currently eating (this will prevent any issues this week until we get home). The visit to the store was amazing. He was so amazed at the new sights and sounds of normal life. For the past 10 months all he has seen are four white walls and the bars of a crib. We are able to see him experience new sights and sounds for the first time. It is great.
Next on the agenda is for him to receive him medical exam from the US Embassy. This is scheduled for tomorrow at 10:30am. We will keep you posted.