It turned out that court was not all that exciting. It was a long wait (that week) and that day, however. So long, that Meaza actually fell and bumped her head at one point. You know head “injuries” – they always look so much worse than they are.
I was thinking two things: 1) I’m such a great mom: I let her out of my sight for five seconds and she got hurt; 2) What will the court think?
By the time we went to the window, it was all about the paperwork. We had proven ourselves well before ever getting to this point. This was just a formality. We celebrated that night, nevertheless. Meaza was officially ours. We would be returning home tomorrow!
A few things I learned while waiting (that week and day):
- Whatever money/cash you bring overseas, bring more. Much more. We completely ran out with paying for meals, purchasing a few “souvenirs,” and buying items that were sold along the side of the street: we were told not to give money as handouts, but to purchase items being sold to support those who were selling.
- Call your credit card company to share with them you are going overseas. Otherwise, they will freeze your account and access to money where credit cards are accepted.
- Don’t be too proud to accept help, even financial, when it is offered. We had the money at home, although it was doing us no good there. A very kind family who was also adopting fronted us funds. We were extremely grateful and repaid them (plus) as soon as we got home.
- My father once asked me why we didn’t want to help a child in America. It’s hard to explain that even American poverty cannot compare to poverty and difficulties experienced in other countries. Maybe I will expand upon this in a future post.
Things we learned about Meaza while we waited:
- She wanted to eat all of the time. Considering her situation, this was completely understandable.
- Eating restaurant food is exceptionally upsetting to a baby/toddler’s stomach when this stomach was used to eating oatmeal most of the time.
- While she was an amazing sleeper at night, she did not love to take naps. Do you remember my post about napping? We are a napping family, living in a napping house. We were exhausted and a bit frazzled.
- While Meaza preferred Mike (my husband), she was starting to tolerate me a little bit. He is funnier than I am, at least to her.
- Babies/toddlers do not love touring their country and taking in the sights.
- This time together was necessary for parents’ and child’s sake. It was strategically planned and a world of help.
Welcome to our family, Meaza!