Saturday, December 25, 2010


Sorry for being a bad blogger, we've just been busy! 

The train ride was a lot different than I anticipated.  I expected Sawyer to have a fit and keep the entire passenger car awake and Kenzie to be a little upset but kind of in a shocked state.  What I got was the complete opposite!  They both did fine for the first couple of hours, we had some snacks and they played with all the little train gadgets they could find.  I could tell they were getting tired and it was past their normal bedtime so I got them into PJ's and started to talk about going to sleep and that's when she flipped!  Screaming, tears, the works.  I held her and tried to comfort her but she wasn't interested, and then Sawyer started to whimper and point to the door and mumble something.  I'm not sure what he was saying, but it's the same thing he would say at the baby house when he didn't want to come with with me.  So I held them both for about an hour and then Kenzie wanted down and Sawyer followed soon after.  At this point she wanted nothing to do with me, Sawyer, or her toys, so I played with Sawyer for a while and then decided to lay down and maybe they would see that it was ok.  Kenzie sat straight up on the opposit bench for over an hour fighting to stay awake until she finally passed out, Sawyer was content to play until almost midnight and then fell asleep standing up with his head laying on the bench.  It was a restless night for all 3 of us but we did manage to get a little rest and made it to Kiev safely.  Nico picked us up and got us settled into an apartment to wait for the arrival of my parents.

The kids were shy at first, Kenzie especially, but they are coming around.  Sawyer is fine with both my parents now, but he still comes to me for most of his needs which I am happy about.  Kenzie won't really have much to do with either of them, but she will at least let them look at her now without turning her head.  She is still adjusting and has moments throughout the day and night when she just starts crying and wants to be held.  I am encouraged that she usually calms down quickly and she wants to be comforted.  Now if we could just get her to eat!  She is existing on bananas, juice and baby food.  She would never take food from me at the baby house so I asked the nannies how she ate.  Apparently not very well!  I finally asked what she WOULD  eat!  I know I am not fixing things the way she is used to it, but we have tried everything that she likes and she refuses.  The only reason we tried baby food is because the nannies put a jar of it in their things, and I'm glad they did!  Hopefully once we get settled at home she will do a little better.  Sawyer on the other hand is a human garbage disposal!  I think we will have to lock the pantry......seriously.  
We have been busy with Embassy appointments, Medical appointments and an afternoon of sightseeing.  The kids have done really well at all of them.  We have one more Embassy appointment on Monday to get their visas and then we head home on Tuesday.  We are all more than ready!
Today we mostly stayed at the apartment, Mom and Dad went to the store to get a few groceries and got to experience some Ukrainian customer service!  The kids opened their gifts and enjoyed playing with their new toys.  The weather isn't too bad, it is raining now and has been foggy, we weren't able to get pictures the other day because of the fog.  Well, I hope everyone on the other side of the world has a wonderful day  and a very Merry Christmas!!


  1. merry christmas!!! so happy you are on the end of this journey!!! It will get better as they get used to you :) Hugs!!!

  2. Sammantha,
    Hey we really missed you here with the family, we kept Jon under control and did a little babysitting for you. Triny said she loves and misses you and is so excited that she will be here when you come home. We would have saved food but didn't think that it would last that long, all the kids are super excited and your kids will have lots of love and friends when they get home. Truley sammantha we really have missed you and are super excited for your arrival home. I hope that you have had a Merry Christmas with your kids and parents. Tell them all hi and give them hugs and kisses!!!! We all love you, Marba & Chad, Roger & Jenn, Triny & Tim, Gale & Teresa, Jill & Mark & Becy. & Kids!

  3. I'm so glad things are going well! I know you are so ready to be home and having to wait out the weekend really stinks, but only a couple more days!

  4. Merry Christmas!! Glad your parents got there safe. YOur almost HOME, have a safe trip!


  5. Hello, I just found your blog. We have two boys from ukraine. they are 7 and 12 but were 2 & 10 when we adopted them. When we first got Matthew from his baby house we couldn't get him to eat anything but bananas & juice either. He was over two but he would eat baby food. So we stocked up and slowly he started eating reg food. Now at 7 he eats almost everything-if he is hungry-he won't touch anything if he isn't. Cara

  6. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!! Glad to hear everything is going good. Have a safe trip home.

  7. Hope you are home!!! we need some updated pictures!!! Hugs!

  8. Hello from Reece’s Rainbow!

    I have recently started serving Reece’s Rainbow as the Post-Adoption Care Coordinator. Some adopted children slide right into the family but most will have some struggles and some may have a very hard time. My role is to help keep families connected after they come home and to provide support and a listening ear as well as access to helpful resources and a listening ear. You are not alone!

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    Blessings ,
    Rachel Whitmire
    Post-Adoption Care Coordinator
    Reece’s Rainbow Down Syndrome Adoption Ministry