• Posted by Ben on 01 Dec 2009

We’ve made it halfway home! The three of us are now sitting in our hotel in Amsterdam for the next 20 hours or so. We had a slight scare getting checked in because they had to try a few times to add Eden onto Meghan’s ticket. Eventually I think they just brought somebody over that was more competent and she got things done. We also had a scare trying to get into Holland. Apparently Kenyans need a visa to get in…so they wouldn’t let us out of the airport. Luckily theres a few hotels attached to AMS and one had vacancy. (Unfortunately the other room I booked via Priceline.com is non-refundable.)

Eden did very well on the plane. She was cranky for about 10 minutes before her nap, but then settled down and slept for 3 hours! The rest of the time she played with her toys, practiced her standing skills, or showed off for other passengers.

The flight was operated by Kenya Airways. I’ve never flown out of NBO in the morning and so never flown this leg on a KQ plane. The other times I’ve flown on KQ they’ve had amazing service…and this trip was no exception. The food was 100 times better than KLM’s, the attendants were nicer, and the plane was not as crowded. In fact, because the plane was so empty we were able to switch up to the bulkhead seats so Eden had some space to play and a bassinet to sleep in.

I took a quick video of Eden sitting nicely and eating her breakfast on the plane: http://blip.tv/file/2917189.

  • Posted by Meghan on 23 Sep 2009

Good news! I found a meal that I consider a success! I made Mac and Cheese last night with a slightly varied recipe because we could only find Parmesan cheese in the store, but it was really good. Ben says he liked the soup better, but I know that I am right. :-)

I have been very busy at the Sally Test Center. We go in the morning around 9 and I stay until Ben is done with work at 5. We dance with the kids from 10-11 and 2-3 each day. The rest of the time is spent playing, holding babies and planning lessons and dances. It’s really nice to be busy during the day and to be able to use my skills in a helpful way.

I have already completely fallen in love with one of the abandoned babies (I know, you’re all shocked). Her name is Eden and she is SO cute. They are guessing she’s about 10 months. She was found alone and brought to the hospital at the end of August because she was so malnourished. She is doing really well and is crawling some and will pull herself up on my legs to get me to pick her up. She likes to stick her tongue out at me so that I will stick mine out at her, then she tries to grab my tongue. The Sally Test Center closes at 4 but since Ben doesn’t finish work until 5, I sit in the waiting area in the peds wing and hold her. When the babies leave the STC at 4, they are put two to a “crib” in the wings. I will have to take a picture of the wings. They are shocking. No private rooms just rows of beds. And the cribs are like cages. One of the peds docs told me that during the night (from 4pm-8am) no one holds the babies and they rarely have diaper changes because the nurses are so busy. It’s really sad and when Ben comes and I have to put Eden back in her crib she cries and cries and I want to join her (but I’ve only done it once).

Anyway, I’m trying to come up with a great plan for a way to adopt her before we come home in December. Any great ideas? All suggestions are welcome! Hope you enjoy the new pictures!

 
 
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