The Pitman's Journey To Russia

Our journey to adopt three beautiful children from Vladivostok, Russia

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Finally Home

We are FINALLY HOME!!!!!!!!! It feels so good to say that. It was quite an eventful travel. We were late leaving Moscow which put us an hour late getting into Atlanta. The flight itself was not to bad after dosing the kids with Benadryl they slept almost the whole flight. We had about 8 other adopting families on the plane so that was really nice. The bad news was that none of the families, including us, made our connecting flights because of immigration. It was the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen, I did not know it was possible for people to move that slow. Eric and I were the last family into immigration and we waited for 2 hours! We just barely missed our flight and we were all tired and crabby. The kids were very good during those two hours though, which was really nice. My Dad called and told us that Air Tran had a flight leaving at 9:55 so we could make that. Of course their is always a catch though. In order to get our luggage to St. Louis we either had to wait the next Delta flight (on the 25th) or have them send our bags to the main terminal in Atlanta and we would have to go over there and pick them up and bring them to Air Tran to check them. I was furious. We had our luggage right there with us and their was no reason just because of Delta we could not take the bags with us. All the other families were having problems with Delta too. They should be happy that they are about the only airline left because by the time we left the airport I was not a happy camper. Eric had to make the trec back to the St. Louis airport on Christmas day just to pick up our luggage which was just sitting out for anyone to take. The kids are really adjusting good. They love their new family, especially their new cousins. It will be really nice when they start speaking some English so we can communicate better. I love the holidays but it is alot to just be coming home in the mist of them. I don't know if Olivia is just overwhelmed sometimes but she just goes into shutdown mode if something does not go her way and it does not matter what I do to make things better, it is like she needs to get over it on her own. It makes me so sad to see this because I know if we would have gotten her earlier in her life she would be a really happy little girl. It is amazing just the gender difference in their attitudes. The boys are pretty happy all the time and only have issues if they get in trouble (which on some days is alot) but almost daily Olivia has a shutdown about something. I hope everyone had a great Christmas and that all the other families made it home safe.

Tracey & Chuck you can email me at tarltonpitman@gmail.com. I would love to chat with you about your adoption in Vlad.

11 comments:

Joel and Clarion said...

Congratulations on being at home, guys! Sorry about your luggage troubles. We can't wait to see you guys. We hope to get together soon after we get home. We'll call you very soon. Have fun getting settled. There will certainly be challenges (as you've already experienced) but the joys far outweigh them! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to the Pitmans!

Bill and Myra said...

I am so glad you guys are home! I was very worried when I saw on the news that flights were delayed all over the place due to weather. I too remember waiting FOREVER in immigration in Atlanta (with our first adoption it was 30 minutes). They used to separate out adoptions and process those quickly - not any more! I remember Ruslan being so tired after the flight. And, we just wanted to get home. We live in Atlanta and didn't have to deal with connections - I cannot even imagine how frustrating it was!

Sorry Delta was such a pain. They are our "hometown" airline but lately, their customer service is on the decline!

Tracey and Chuck said...

We are so happy to hear that you made it home! I am sure it is wonderful to be home.
Thank you so much for your email address....we will definitly get in touch with you after the holidays and after you have had some timeto get settled. Please post some more pics of the kids when you can. They are all absolutely beautiful.

Tracey

Heather said...

We are so glad to know that you are home. We kept checking your blog to see exactly when you made it. We were feeling your frustration in the airport just reading the entry. While we are dreading making the trek again, we can not wait to go back and see Blake. We will continue to check in to hear about the kids' progress. We love to hear all the stories - especially the funny firt-time-parent ones!
~Justin and Heather

Carey and Norman said...

So glad you made it home. Sorry to hear that you missed your connecting flight. It is not easy when you have your little ones with you.

Merry Christmas!

Cindy said...

So glad to hear you're home. I just got back from my trip for Christmas and was catching up on blogs while Vika sleeps. I hear you on the airline issues. I just dispise the whole industry. It's miserable, expensive, uncomfortable and utter hell! Once Olivia begins to trust and feel secure, she may have her shutdowns less and less. Vika and I still have daily battles over things. She's mostly happy, but if she doesn't get her way on something she cries as if the world is ending for her. It's better when it's just us, but in a group setting like over the Holiday, it was REALLY hard to have any sense of discipline. Everyone wants to just give her what she wants and that's not HELPING! She needs to learn the boundaries and that I'm the one who sets them for her, and none of my relatives want to respect my wishes. They think I'm just an ogre. Tsk tsk. But I know my consistency with her and my love and affection will make a difference with our attachment eventually. I can't wait to see more pics of your new family! Congratulations again.

Jane said...

So happy you are all home safe and sound! Hope to see you soon.

Barb said...

Glad you made it back to your home, despite all the problems. I hear you on the girlie-meltdowns - we're going through the exact same thing here!
Barb

Barb said...

I guess you all must be so busy now with 3 little ones (we're exhausted with just one new one!). Anyways, I've nominated you for an award on my blog:)

Shane and Kathy Gebhardt said...

Your family is beautiful! (I apologize...I'm just now catching up on your blog.) Congratulations on your 3 new additions!

Heather said...

Thank you for the picture update. The kids look soooo happy!

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