The prosecutor came to work today and spent the day reviewing our case. She said it's a GO! So tomorrow our facilitator will try and find out if a judge has been assigned and then she'll get to work on a DATE!!! May is a holiday month for Ukraine so May 1st- May 4th all government business is closed. Darn it! So the absolute earliest we could have court (unless by some act of God it was granted this Friday the 30th of April) would be Wednesday, May 5th. So we'll be praying it's one of those two days!
We had our two visits with Sofia again today and we let her sleep for the first visit and we played at the second visit. The weekday orphanage staff is a bit more strict but still very kind with us. They've been putting even MORE layers on our little girl! You should see the stuff we find layered on her...socks on top of tights and then our little booties we brought from home on top of that. Hector and I just crack up at it! Today we changed her into an outfit from her Nana. So cute! (I also do not mean any disrespect to the way children are bundled up here in Ukraine compared to what we are used to back at home. We know this is a cultural difference and we totally respect it. I'm just lucky to get a jacket on my boys back at home when it's raining outside so it's just been fun for us to see this difference here.)
One of the main groupa staff tried to speak English to us today and it was really sweet. Another staff person, when they handed Sofia to us, smiled a huge smile and said in broken English..."you good people". This made our day. I think they actually might like us and to be honest we like them too...they've cared for our baby since birth. We are so grateful to them.
Hector and I are trying to learn as much Ukrainian culture as possible so we can share the stories with Sofia someday. Our landlady is the sweetest thing. She loves to take care of us and wants to make sure we are comfortable. Whenever she is home and sees us coming (she lives below us in the same house), she rushes out to greet us and chats away in Russian and we just nod our heads and say our one or two words back to her. It's clear she wants to make sure we're happy.
We still miss our boys like crazy. Mateo is having the most difficult time out of the three of them. My mom says he prays every night that we come home soon with Sofia. He's more quiet than usual and not eating as much. His teacher tells us the same, that he is not quick to smile at school and he tells her that he misses us at bedtime. I wish I could just hold him now. He needs us home soon. I'm sure Diego and Joaquin have the same feelings deep inside. Diego keeps his feelings very close to his heart and it takes a lot of encouragement from us to get him to open up. The fact that he says his prayers to himself speaks volumes to us. Joaquin...I can't imagine how he is feeling. Up until I left for Ukraine he was still night nursing...poor baby. He gets up every morning at 3 am and has trouble going back to sleep. Must be so confusing to him why his mama isn't around anymore. At least I know they are all in the loving hands of my parents (Nana and Grandpa). Gives us such peace of mind. We also have amazing friends that are making special visits and extra special efforts to comfort our boys while we are away. We are so grateful to all of you.