After two months in Ukraine we are finally home- and as a family of 3!! Our trip home went remarkably well. Sveta did very well on our two flights and our long layover in Frankfurt. It felt SO good to walk off that plane in Portland all together! And Sveta got to meet her Grandma and Grandpa for the first time. Our first night home was a bit rough, but considering how much change Sveta has been through the last few weeks, along with the time change, we expected it. She fell asleep very quickly on our drive home and then woke up once we got off the freeway. It had gotten dark by that point and she panicked a bit and wanted out of her car seat. She screamed the rest of our way home. She was still a bit upset as we walked into our house together where our two cats greeted us. She was not a big fan of them at that moment so some more screaming ensued. We showed her around the house and eventually she began to calm down. We taught her how to pet the cats and play with them and she started to really enjoy that, as well as explore some of her new toys. We tried to go to bed since we were all exhausted but she wasn't having any of that until about 12:30 when she was finally willing to climb in her new bed with mama. Bedtime continues to be our biggest challenge but we know for her that is probably the scariest time of the day. She has never slept alone (which we still don't expect her to do) and we are still new to her. As attached and bonded as she is with us, she likely still thinks we will be gone some day.
Our first full day at home as a family was wonderful though! We were all so much happier being in a bigger space (compared to the small apartments we had in Ukraine) and Sveta had so much more she could do. We went to the park and she was doing so well with that we even decided to try going to the store and she was great there too. We know this adjustment won't be easy, though I'm not sure either of us had envisioned just how hard it would be, and appreciate your prayers as we transition. Pray that Sveta will feel safe here and begin to understand that this is home for the three of us. Pray that our bedtime routine will get easier and less stressful. And pray for her separation anxiety to lessen. Eric will be returning to work in a week and Sveta will be starting kindergarten in a few weeks. Right now mama can barely be out of sight at home for more than a couple minutes, let alone go anywhere without her. We are thankful she has attached and bonded to us so well but aren't exactly sure how to handle her separation anxiety yet. Our journey is far from over and we are beyond grateful for everyone's support to get us this far. We can't wait to see what comes next for our family!