Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Today was similar to yesterday. More doctor visits, but by the end of the 2 days we had all 8 signatures. We went to a notary to draft up the adoption paperwork and to the bank to transfer money for the visa invitation letter. After a few more trips back and forth between the notary, the ministry of education and the ministry of foreign affairs, everything was completed. Now that we have applied for adoption, Hannah can not be adopted by a Russian family, only by her birth family, but everyone has relinquished rights, so we should be in the clear.
We had completed all the “official” business by 1 pm which left us time to drive around the town to see more of the city. We walked along the lake front and saw a statue of Peter the Great (who the town is named after) and visited a souvenir shop.
At 4pm, we went to visit Hannah again and stayed for 2 hours. We spent some time in the gym and outside. It rained a little, so keeping her under the covered area was difficult because all she wanted to do was walk around, but she was happy on Marc’s shoulders. After it stopped raining, we played peekabo in the play house and she laughed a LOT. We said our farewells at 6pm and headed for the train. We slept better on the ride home – partly from exhaustion (although all we did was sit in a car for 2 days), part from knowing it was all over and we could relax, and part from the enjoyment of finally meeting Hannah.