Category adoption

Another Woman’s Child

A child born to another woman calls me mommy. The magnitude of that tragedy and the depth of that privilege are not lost on me. – Jody Landers Today is the 12th anniversary of meeting the baby who became my son.  It is our family birthday. Twelve years ago I waited outside the office of […]

Merry Christmas

Week 5

Officially a parent – funny, it doesn’t feel any different! Radio silence has been due to lack of internet connection not anything else. Today was the day that the court decision becomes final and I am officially a mummy, at least in Kazakhstan, so we went out to the usual place, the Maslenitsa (remember the […]

The Birthday (and the rest of week 4)

The boy’s birthday went well – I managed to negotiate cake buying in Russian as our translator had gone off to get a copy of our passports notarised again (I think she is wallpapering her living room with them, we have stopped asking what they are for), and my mum had brought proper birthday candles […]

Week 3 after court

We have a new Coordinator!  We were unhappy with our old co-ordinator who turned up for the first few days then disappeared leaving our poor translator to shrug a lot saying “I don’t know”.  The advantage to using an established agency is that you have someone to complain to back home when things are not going […]

Week 3

The Baby-Free Post The rugby scores are getting to me courtesy of a well trained accountant back in the office who adds them to the end of the management accounts when he emails then.  Not the same as watching it though.  Being with the Irish has its advantages as we can be smug together about […]

Week 2 continues

Ground Hog Day Monday 13 November Today was a lovely day. In the Groundhog day of Ust-Kamenogorsk, days are gauged by whether we all had good visits to the baby-house. Junior and I got to know each other a little better and the biscuits help stave off his pre lunch grizzles for 15 minutes until […]