For some reason Andres woke up quite early this morning – just after 3:45am, yelling for his food. He did go back to sleep for a while – we were worried that this would upset his entire routine for the day, but we managed to stretch things out a little bit so it wasn’t too bad.
We originally had a meeting with ICBF (Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar, roughly translated as the Colombian Family Welfare Institute) scheduled for this morning to finalise the administrative phase of the adoption process so that it could move to the legal phase. However, we got a call from Magnolia around breakfast time telling us that they had rescheduled until 2pm.
This meant that we could spend the morning relaxing and napping (and doing some work), and Leanne also took Andres for a wander around the hotel in the Ergo for a while.
We went to lunch thinking that we may have to feed Andres, so went prepared with water in a bottle and formula pre-measured in a little container. Sure enough, he started yelling half way through lunch – but was happy again as soon as we got the bottle to him. After feeding and a couple of burps, he typically gets very chatty – making noise and gurgling. This is a great time to be with him, he is so cute and happy.
Magnolia came to pick us up straight after lunch and we drove around to the ICBF offices. We waited for no more than about 5 minutes to be seen and then the interview (with Magnolia acting as an interpreter) lasted no more than about 10 minutes. The social worker was happy for us to proceed and so our lawyer was given the go-ahead to lodge our file with the courts. Our lawyer Judith also speaks no English, but Magnolia tells us she is very good at what she does.
Judith was going to try and lodge the files this afternoon to at least get them into the system, otherwise it would be Tuesday before they could be lodged as Monday is a public holiday here.
We were originally planning on having Magnolia drive us to one of the shopping centres after the meeting, but because it was a bit late, we decided to head straight back to the hotel. The plan was to get Andres ready for having a video chat with both sets of grand parents – it would be early Saturday morning in Australia and late Friday afternoon here in Colombia. Unfortunately, not long after we got back, the internet dropped out and didn’t come back. I checked with the front desk and they said there was a problem with the router and it would not be fixed until tomorrow. This was frustrating since not only were we planning on doing a video chat, I also had quite a bit of work to get done online.
So instead, we fed and bathed Andres and got him ready for bed, then watched some shows on the laptop that
We heard after dinner that Magnolia had called to let us know we had been assigned court 4, which hasn’t been too bad of late, so hopefully things will go smoothly. We probably won’t hear anything more for at least a week – the lawyers don’t like us calling every day for updates.
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