Last nights sleep went pretty well. Jonathon rolled out onto Joes mattress (the twin mattress on the one side of the bed) but was unphased so he left him there. It's only about a 6 inch drop from mattress to mattress. Of course 45 minutes later he was uncomfortable so Joe put him back up on the bed and he was asleep in no time (why isnt it this easy all the time!) Happened one more time during the night, about about 1am but again a quick plop to the middle of the king bed and he was out. Madison rolled onto Myras mattress about 430am and she was also unphased so Myra let her stay there until she started kicking Myra in the head for a while as she squirmed. They both stayed asleep until about 7am...not bad!
Again they played for awhile when they woke up and then we went out in the living room. We went for scrambled eggs again since they were a hit, but this time we made some for us too. They did pretty well allowing us to have some bites for ourselves. Again, Madison didnt finish hers but Jonathon cleaned the plate, minus the jarred strawberries that neither of them liked. And of course no meal is complete without lots of bread.
Madison played by the bathtub with Myra again, throwing things into the tub, Jonathon however hugs the hallway on the side to avoid the bathroom altogether. We've decided to put off bathing for one night....
The kids played for a bit and Jonathon occasionally led Joe back into the kitchen, so he eventually finished Madison's plate and had some more bread. Petko called about 10:45am and said he would be by at 1:30pm to take us to the US Embassy for the visa interview. Of course, right in the middle of naptime, we improvised. We fed them some macaroni and cheese, peaches, and ....bread around 11:15 to suffice for lunch and then tried for naptime. After an hour rocking, chasing, and listening to Jonathon scream we gave up and said no nap for him. Madison was asleep after lots and lots of screaming in about 45 minutes which at least gave Myra a chance to shower and grab some bread and cheese to eat for lunch. Joe got ready then and dressed Jonathon while Myra woke Madison up at 1:15pm (she wasn't exactly thrilled about that). Petko came and they both did well on the ride to the Embassy and in the waiting area. Since Madison seemed so scared yesterday Myra had kept her tightly strapped to her in the Ergobaby carrier the whole car ride (no, there are no car seats here) – this seemed to do the trick!
When we first entered the waiting area, Jonathon happily pointed to a picture of President Obama and shouted “BEBE!” (of course many pictures of a people get labeled as 'Bebe', but we got a laugh out of it). Jonathon loved swinging a velvet rope at one end of the long room (the opposite end of where Myra and Madison were sitting). Madison knew it looked like fun and after a bit of coaxing came running down to Joe to take a swing. So great to see her smiling face come to him. He usually only gets to see if from afar while she is playing with Myra! Joe has fed her a couple times, but she only gets halfway through and then needs Myra. So there is still lots of progress to make, we just have to wonder how long that will take, will she attach to him?
The wait was really good as Jonathon walked Joe around the place. He is really starting to pick up some speed but not confident enough to walk around without support unless its 5 steps or so from Myra to Joe. MAJOR improvement over where he was just 4 months ago when we visited. He has come a LONG way in those 4 months and we are so proud of him and thankful to the caretakers.
They got a little fussy but again Cheerios to the rescue. We got called into the interview room ("The Long FAMILY"... that has a nice ring to it)! And this is really where the only trouble was. Myra forgot to close to Madison's bag of cheerios (and Madison has to be independent and carry it herself) and so cheerios went everywhere. Which meant Myra scuffling to the interview room with Madison with her hands full to say we're sorry but we'll be there in a minute and Joe and Jonathon try to pick up the Cheerios. Not the scavenger hunt we were looking to have! A nice man came over to help and get cleaned up so we could go get interviewed for the kids visa's! They have bulgarian passports and a visa to enter the US, but they will immediately be US citizens when we land in DC on Saturday (yikes, that plane ride is only two days away...). The "interview" was really just a guy congratulating us.
The ride back was uneventful and we got back to the apartment around 330pm. We gave the kids some yogurt, bread, and peaches for a snack, this time Madison finishing hers and Jonathon (when distracted, not finishing his. Definite improvement but a lot of other times as soon as the food is gone (ie cheerios, mac and cheese, etc) he goes into a tantrum. We're very afraid of the plane ride when we may not be able to distract when the food is gone, and that NEITHER of them is going to sleep.
The kids were playing and eventually walked/crawled into the bedroom to play around. Myra and Madison left at one point and while messing around in the kitchen they decided to walk up the road a block to the pharmacy to get some medicine (Myra has come down with a bad head cold). Before they were back (less than 10 minutes), Jonathon was asleep...tired boy!
Joe went down the street to get some food for dinner and by the time he came back, Madison had dragged Myra into the kitchen to each two more bowls of yogurt and some bread. Hungry girl! Then she had a piece of pizza on top of that. She played for a bit and then the usual screaming bedtime with the girl asleep about 45 minutes later (7:45pm). We agonized over whether to wake Jonathon up. he's been sleeping since about 5:00pm....will he make it through the night? Joe went in to see how sound asleep he was (caressing his head, kissing his forehead, etc) and he didn't flinch at all so we let him sleep. We may be in for a disaster come 3am but he went to sleep so easily we hardly wanted to pass this up.
They were both in bed so early that we are finally sitting down to drink that anniversary wine. Just peeked in on them – it's amazing how they can start in the center and so quickly end up on the edge of the bed – certain to fall on us again!