We woke up to a rainy, dreary day and I'm so thankful that we haven't had to deal with many of these days. Griffin is definitely an outside kind of guy. We had to go upstairs to the indoor play area. However, there were a few groupas practicing a performance on the carpet. So we pulled up some chairs and watched them perform. It was so adorable! The different groupas had their own singing and dancing parts...some had speaking parts. Even the nannies were involved in some way or form. One of the songs appeared to have a gorilla (a nanny) and a baby gorilla (one of the cutest girls I have ever seen) and they stomped around and sang. We really enjoyed it but Griffin was kind of out of it today. He was pleasant, just not active. We gave him Giraffe Meat and he sat in our laps content on just chewing on it. After the groupas were finished with rehearsal, we were able to put him on the carpet and let him play. All he really wanted to do was chew on G.M. So we just had a relaxed visit with him.
The nanny surprised us with a glass of juice. She tried to get him to drink it and he did drink a bit but then started chewing on the glass. It is so obvious that he does not drink like this and that he uses a bottle. I am so thankful that he takes our sippy cup without a problem! She didn't force him to drink, she just kind of gave up, so I was actually thankful for that.
Afterwards, we decided to go to the grocery store and bought his groupa some animal crackers and bananas for a whopping $4.00. Hopefully, the children will actually get to enjoy these items. :-) We also bought another pack of Pampers, just in case. We are going to attempt to leave G.M. with him, along with a picture of us so that he can hopefully remember who we are and not quickly forget!
For the evening visit, we translated that "today is our last day to visit and that we have court tomorrow. We have to go back home but will return after the 10 day waiting period. May we please leave this photograph and toy for him to play with?" She nodded yes and took all of the items from us and that was that. I REALLY hope they will let the children have their treats! And I really hope they will show our picture to Griffin every day.
It had stopped raining outside so we were able to play outdoors this evening. Griffin was not his normal self and was a bit sluggish. Right at the very end, his nose started running, so I'm assuming he isn't feeling well. We tried to get him to walk and slide at the train and he just didn't feel up to it. So we headed to an empty play shed. The nanny walked by right as I stood Griffin up against the railing of the play shed and motioned that they had been painting. OOPS. I looked at our hands and we both had yellow paint on our palms. The nanny laughed, got a cloth and paint thinner, yes, paint thinner, and cleaned our hands off. Griffin giggled as she was wiping his hands, I guess it was tickling him. Too cute! The nanny got tickled too as he kept laughing. You can't help but laugh when Griffin laughs. It's contagious!
So once our visit was through, it pained me to have to take him back to the room for the last time. I really wish we didn't have to leave him but there's nothing we can do about that. We left Giraffe Meat with him and hopefully the nanny will let him have it to sleep with at night.
Please pray that Griffin remembers us and that the wait will go by so quickly! Also, please pray that we do well in court and that we say exactly what they want to hear! I'll let you know how it goes! Court is at 4:00pm our time and we are about 8 hours ahead of central time. Thank you!
Today's blog is about a practice here in the adoption process that I don't fully agree with, but I feel we need to comply and just shut up & go with the flow. It's the process of gifting. The gifts go a long way in 1, thanking people, and 2, getting things done. THEY ARE NOT BRIBES, and they are totally optional to give. Everyone gives the gifts though.
There are several people involved in the process outside of our facilitation team. There is the orphanage director, the head doctor, head nurse, judge, social worker, secretary & 4 nannies. Each of these people are expecting a gift since they "invested" time into our little dude or the adoption process. The kicker is that the whole time we were here, they said not to worry about the gifts and that our facilitator would help us out, and kind of show us what to get... yeah, then our facilitator leaves the region for an extended period of time and now we have court tomorrow... oh, she gets back in the morning, so no time to shop. It's all on us. I talked with her and we got the nannies worked out. The only advice she offered for the "executives" is that the item CANNOT look cheap. Um... that's a little subjective, huh? I mean, to me, cargo shorts & a Southern Miss t-shirt with leather sandals is actually acceptable for church, so my interpretation of cheap, I feel, is a little different than what theirs might me... in fact, my wife surely thinks I should not wear that outfit to church! LOL!
See ya'll tomorrow!