The Bradys in Kazakhstan

Join Michael, Eileen and Owen as they travel to Astana, Kazakhstan to find the newest member of the Brady family.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Update from Almaty

Sunday, June 25

We made to Almaty and are settled in our apartment. The internet connection worked right away - yippee!

The apartment really nice, very modern and well decorated. I think it's a bit of a step up from my huge Soviet style apt even though it's smaller. There's a much better view - the snow covered mountains right from the balcony that wraps around the living room, kitchen and our bedroom.

Jonathan is having a harder time today. Maybe it's hitting him that his whole world is being turned upside down. He's been a bit fussy and unhappy although he really loved his second bath. Just so you don't think he never has a sad face, here he is.

But not to worry, he was plenty happy later on.

I really feel like we're on the home stretch now. I am thinking this little boy is really going home with me!

Monday, June 26

I didn't get to post last night. Today we went to the clinic to get Jonathan's check up. You'll be happy to know his spleen, liver and spine all get a thumbs up. He's 19 1/2 lbs and 27 inches. The doctor went over the vaccinations that he received here and we'll do additional ones at home.

Cindy and I found a terrific restaurant one block from our home with an English menu, and outside seating. We used the stroller Murat is lending us and enjoyed a tasty lunch. Jonathan fell asleep and is now napping. Happy Monday, everyone!


  • At 4:10 AM, Blogger Theresa said…


    Congratulations on your momentous day. You are on the home stretch now.

    I was beginning to wonder whether Jonathan was ever unhappy. It should be interesting to see how he transitions to being away from the orphanage. In time his only memory will be being a Brady.

    Keep posting.


  • At 10:30 AM, Blogger Elly said…

    Well now that I've seen that face, I'm convinced he is normal. At least now I know that you will get to practice some real mothering. In all the other pictures, he looked too perfect. I thought that you would have this second perfect child and not only would you have the web site, but you would probably start writing a novel or start your own business.
    Take care and I hope that he adjusts well on the way home.

  • At 8:30 PM, Blogger Eileen said…

    Hi Theresa,

    I figured people would wonder if he was ever unhappy. We think also that he's teething so we tried some Motrin tonight and bedtime went smoother. We are so ready to get home - only 3 more days.

  • At 8:33 PM, Blogger Eileen said…

    Hi Elly, Yes, he's normal. I knew people would think otherwise, but he can cry. Mostly in the evenings and I think he's teething.

    Hmmm, write a novel? That's a good one. How about a couple adopting a baby and living in another country for two months??


  • At 11:51 PM, Anonymous Mom/Nana said…

    It's getting close. Can't wait to see you and meet Jonathan. I know another little boy who is doing fine, but will be thrilled to see his Mom.

  • At 6:52 AM, Blogger Eileen said…

    Hi Nana,

    I can't wait to meet you. Mom has told me a lot about you. She said you know a lot about babies. I hope you like to go for walks because I really like my stroller.



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