I Heart Bishkek

March 11, 2007 at 12:31 am 3 comments

isabel12.jpgIt is Sunday afternoon and we have had the day ‘off’ from going to the orphanage.  I would have much rather gone and seen Isabel, but the coordinator and translators get to have a day off too.  I spend a lot of time wondering what Isabel is doing and if she is being held or if she’s sleeping and if she likes the special formula we brought her.  I am wondering how I am going to cope with getting on a plane without her in my arms. 

Yesterday when we arrived at the Tokmok orphanage, we had a brief meeting with the director of the orphanage again to discuss any questions we might have about the latest medical reports.  I had some follow-up questions from the adoption doctors in Seattle and then we were done.  I walked with Zannie over to Isabel’s little room that she shares with two other babies and when we get there, she is receiving her daily massage!  They use Swiss apple-seed oil on her and they knead her muscles and pull on her legs and arms.  They take her arms and wrap them around her like she’s hugging herself tightly.  That made her laugh and smile.  Then, she is briskly turned over and karate-chopped all over her back.  She starts to coo and the hand-chopping makes it reverberate and it is very funny.  We got it on videotape and they asked us to commit to doing it for her when we bring her home.  We nodded and said, of course!  Our interpreter was talking to the nurse in Russian and told me that she said that the nurses all saw how much we already loved her and that they were glad that she was getting a home very soon.  Also, she said that Isabel was everyone’s favorite and that they loved holding her and feeding her.  YAY!!!! 

We brought fresh bananas and apples to the toddlers and we played with Sergey and Rita (being adopted by the folks over at silk road blog…on my blogroll…) and Sergey ate two bananas in a row.  They are DARLING children and we told them that their new mama and papa were so lucky to be getting such wonderful, nice children.  They beamed. 

We’ve been exploring when we have time and energy.  I am loving the local felt crafts and plan to fill a suitcase full of it probably on the next trip to Bishkek.  If you are wealthy, there is a place here where you can have a felt rug made to your specifications with whatever colors and sizes you prefer.  There are affordable felt rugs and other little things like baby booties, ornaments in the shapes of horses, yurts, donkeys, hats, etc.  I love them all.  I really want one of the wooden hand-held thingamajig that you use to prick the naan bread before baking it.  I love buying baking things from other countries. 

Alright.  I think it’s time for me to sit awhile and gather my thoughts, feelings and energy.  We may go out tonight for a quick dinner.  Tomorrow we go back to Tokmok.  Thank Goodness.  


Entry filed under: adopting, Adoption, Children, International Adoption, Kyrgyzstan, Travel.

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  • 1. Amira  |  March 11, 2007 at 6:49 am

    I’m glad things are going well! The name of the bread stamps is called chekich and you can get them in Osh Bazaar. From the NE corner of the bazaar, continue west down Chuy till you come to a sidewalk going into the bazaar lined with fortune-tellers tents. Go down that sidewalk past the fortune tellers to the kitchen supplies section of the bazaar and you’ll find a few people selling chekichs with different designs. My chekich is one of my favorite things I brought back from Kyrgyzstan.

  • 2. kim.kim  |  March 11, 2007 at 11:31 am

    I think my card will be waiting for you when you get home?

  • 3. Moe's Mommy  |  March 11, 2007 at 7:45 pm

    Your descriptions are great! We won’t get the time at the orphanage you are getting, so it will be great to pass some of your descriptions on to Moe (the daily massage – priceless!) when he’s old enough! Isabel is beautiful – your right about her eyes – they’d melt an iceberg! Blessings to you!


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