BB’s cold is not getting any better but we had a good visit today. He was very playful and there were a couple of firsts. Every time he took off, he would go a few feet, turn around then look back at me to make sure I was right behind him, then he would laugh, smile and do it again. The other thing he did was climb up on my lap a few times; I think he’s actually starting to like me!
I’m still waiting for that big bright smile and all the excitement that he gives his caretakers when they come in the room; I know I’ll get it at some point. It is very obvious that he loves his caretakers, that they love him and that he is very well taken care of. He is fortunate to be in this baby house, that’s not to say that others aren’t as good, I’m just grateful that he gets such good care here.
After BB’s visit I did a little tourist stuff. I took a walk over to Republic Square then I took a different path back to the hotel passing some Kazakh casinos. When I got near the hotel, I went to the top of Kok Tobe Mountain. Kok Tobe can be seen from my hotel room. It was a somewhat clear day so I had a pretty good view of Almaty. One thing I found out when I got to the top, if you want a ride down you have to buy another ticket, the local walk down, I bought another ticket. As you are coming down the mountain you see some new construction, big houses with big driveways and a great view of the city.
Didn’t make it to TsUM today, I’m going tomorrow afternoon with Welby and a translator.
Tonight I went out to dinner with another adoptive family, Sara and Julian from Toronto; we had a really good time and they are very nice people. I feel very fortunate to be a member of this adoptive community. Everyone I have met here at all different stages of the process are so friendly and so helpful to the new arrivals. There is a true bond between the families and I’m grateful to be a part of it. That’s it for now, have a good night/day. Chris