Let me mention at this time that the kids have very strong opinions about their wardrobe. They have turned up their noses at quite a few outfits I brought for them. I'm finding that laying out three choices and letting them pick their outfit for the day results in happiness. Ajay likes for me to put the clothes on him, but Smita insists on dressing herself, so I hand her each garment and she puts them on herself. They LOVE shoes and sunglasses.
Upon arrival at the hotel, we were greeted in the entrance with flowered leis and red dots. That was a surprise! The kids flash a lot of hand gestures and signs...some are good, some are not. They have flashed this one several times...not sure if it's the okay sign, the eye of India, or something Illuminati... ha ha and hmmmmm. Well....after that we went to the room, washed our faces and then went to the hotel restaurant to eat lunch.
Our medical appointment was at 3:00 PM at Max Medcentre. The cost of the medical appointments has increased to 2200 rupees. We were expecting to see the doctor today, but he was not in. Ajay has been fighting a cough since we got him. It sounds like Alaina does when she is struggling with her seasonal allergies and has not taken her meds. His cough becomes worse when we are outside or when he has physical activity. The director told us that he did not need meds for his cough, so we do not know if this is allergies, a chronic cough, or a cold. We have told him over the course of a few days to cover his mouth when he coughs. He did not like Jeff enforcing that new rule, and at one point, he gave Jeff a gesture which is the Indian equivalent of flipping the bird. We won't be tolerating that for long! Haha! But ultimately, Ajay is very eager to please and as a result, he now remembers to cough into his arm just as we taught him. At Max Med, they took the kids height and weight, and did the TB skin test. It was interesting to see how the kids handled injections and pain. No tears, no wimpering, no crying...they grimaced, but toughed it out. Because the doctor was not there, Ajay was not examined for his cough. We return to the doctor in two days to have the TB tests read and will meet with him then. Ajay will have to tough it out for a few more days. We have been assured that we will receive the medical report necessary for U.S. Immigration on the same day.
We headed back to the hotel, ordered room service for the kids, then got ready for bed. I hit an emotional and physical wall at 5 PM. I decided to soak in the bathtub, and just couldn't stop crying in the bathroom. In hindsight, it was from pure exhaustion and from all of the emotions built up from getting the kids and visiting the orphanage, but I scared the mess out of Jeff. I fell asleep three times in the tub while trying to bathe. Crazy! I made it to the bed at 6 PM. I felt horribly guilty for being in such a state and tried to hide my tears from the kids, but Smita saw. She ran to Jeff and said, "Daddy Daddy, Mommy cry!" And about that time I fell asleep. Jeff got the kids ready for bed and we all slept for over 12 hours that night. All things are new in the morning and I woke up bright and early feeling much better and happier!!! Jeff was so relieved.
I haven't mentioned much about language yet, but we are communicating very well with the children. Not only is Gujarati their first language, but they are fluent in Hindi. They have been able to communicate with all of the drivers, servers, guides, and hotel staff in Hindi. Every day they surprise us with their English. They'll say, Mommy, then start naming all of their body parts and pointing out numerous animals in English. They'll even speak English sentences when we're not expecting it!
As far as clothing goes, Smita is a wearing size 5 or 6 because they are dresses and can fit loosely. Ajay is wearing primarily 6 as well due to his height, but Ajay's underwear is size 4/5. His jeans have to be seriously belted because they are inches too big in the waist. They have no meat on their bodies at all.
Demeanor: These kids are the sweetest most affectionate children I've ever met. It's tricky to determine what is sincere and what is a result of being institutionalized, but we get more hugs and kisses than we've ever gotten in our lives. They are not trying to do that to anyone else, which is a great sign! They smile, chatter, sing, and laugh all day long. Even though I've mentioned some of Ajay's naughty behavior, those are the only incidents so far and they are minor in the big scheme of things. He is a lover... They both like both of us, but Ajay has especially taken to me and Smita to Jeff. That's a little weird (but maybe not)...we are just trying to do a lot of observing to determine motives behind behaviors, but they want to be held and hugged and kissed so bonding is going GREAT! They also allow us to feed them, so we are taking them back as young as they'll let us. We really are amazed at how well things are going...especially after getting rested.