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Diagnosis: Drama Queen

That is what the doctor diagnosed Dagny as. I think Craig and I are in trouble. :-)

Yesterday morning, Dr. B came to give Dagny a physical which is needed for the US Embassy. Dr. B is a really nice guy, you can tell he loves children. He was really great with Dagny as she showed off her screaming abilities; she’s a champ at that (hence the diagnosis). Dr. B told us that Dagny is right on mark, she is proportional and that she has a Buddha belly (we totally agree). These are all great things to hear. But, the best thing he said was that he can tell that she was one of the favorites at the orphanage. We agree with him on this, just by what we witness while we were in orphanage. We saw how the caregivers looked at her with smiles on their faces, how they held her and made her laugh and most importantly they had given her a nickname, Pumpkin. All of that shows that they were attached to Dagny. As adoptive parents you want to hear and see things like this because it means she was loved and well taken care of while we were not with her. It gives us that peace of mind.

Shortly after the Doctor, Craig met up with our Driver to go and pick up Dagny’s passport and original birth certificate and adoption decree. While Craig was out Dagny and I went for a walk on Old Arbat Street while our apartment was being cleaned. It has definitely gotten colder here, so Dagny is bundled up and we have been using the plastic shield on the stroller to keep Dagny out of the wind and snow (yes, it started to snow here). When we met up with Craig again not only did he bring all the paperwork with him but the two cameras we left behind at the orphanage. And the best thing, it seems that one of the cameras was totally used up and the other one has 19 shots taken out of 36. I am hoping they have taken some on Dagny’s birthday. We can’t wait to develop them.

Craig came back with all sorts of goodies. I think the best bit he came back was actually some news. Craig found out how lucky we were in having Dagny during our 10 day wait. The Orphanage Director was on vacation when we came for court, so actually the Deputy Director was at court representing the Orphanage. She is a wonderful lady I just want to say that. Apparently, she was under the impression that it was normal for the parent’s to have custody once the court session had completed. Soon after our court session she found out that she had a choice. After learning this she was actually up all night worried about what she had done. With the Director on vacation and she was in charge, and, if ANYTHING would of happened to Dagny she would of been responsible. I feel horrible that she had felt so bad. She is such a nice lady and when she said good-bye to Dagny, it was so obvious that she cared about her. We were very lucky to have her for those 10 days. We’re sorry for the mix up, but we’re also happy that it happened.

To top off the day, we had made a dinner date with another family here from our agency. We meet up for an early dinner because of Dagny’s schedule, they were so sweet to work around that. We met at 4 at TGI Fridays with Nichole, Ryan and their beautiful 5 year old daughter, Kiara. They just had court last Friday and are now parents to a baby girl named Vera. What makes it even more special is that Vera and Dagny are from the same orphanage. In some respects Dagny and Vera are like sisters. It would of been so great if Vera was with us last night but as I stated above the Deputy Director wasn’t giving up custody of the children during the 10 days. The good news is that the Director just got back from vacation so maybe they can pick up Vera early. We have our fingers crossed.

Dagny and Kiara
TGIF

So, because this post is soooooo long, I will post LOTS of photos of who else, but Little Dagny.

Mommy and Dagny being silly
Dagny
Little Dagny

Laundry with Dagny

OK, time to do it.
Hmmmm…
Mama, I can’t open it

4 comments to Diagnosis: Drama Queen

  • laura glasner

    Craig and Barbara,

    How wonderful!!!!!

    I had not checked your website before, bor had actaully trid to leave you a few phone messages this week. When I didn’t hear back back from you, it occurred to me that yoj might actually be in Russia. Dagny is just beautiful.

    I will be int eh office on Tuesday and
    Wednesday next week (12/23 an 12/24). Then I will be off until the first week of January. So hopefully we can speak on the phone, and arrange a time for me to come visit the Three of you!!!!!

    Best wishes to you all for a safe journey home.

    Laura

  • Nichole

    We had a great time with you guys. I am so glad we got to meet. We have been eating dinner at that time since that is when we get back from the orphanage, so it worked out perfect for us!

  • If you happen to see Nichole & Ryan again – tell them hello from Shari & Les (waiting family for UZ adoption).

    Glad your trip is going so very well!

  • maria

    Drama Queen, huh? We’ll have to introduce her to my Godson (the actor) – perhaps they can swap professional secrets :)

    Just want you to know that I’m counting down the hours until your departure.

    As always, many thanks for your story and pictures. And don’t forget, we want pictures of Dagny with the proud grandparents when you get home!