About Me

My photo
My husband and I, the Dynamic Duo, have been married since 2003. We've weathered the storm of chronic disease (diagnosis 2006), infertility (diagnosis 2007), turning 30 (2006/2007 respectively) a first adoption (2009) of a tender hearted, compassionate Ukrainian BIG boy (born 2006), who has told us he'd like a baby sister, baby brother, big brother, and REALLY big sister. We recently completed our second Ukrainian adoption journey, which brought us a daughter (born 2005). We'll see what else God brings our way!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

March 27, 2009

One year ago today, we met our son. It doesn't feel like it was that long ago already! He's grown 3 inches, gained 3 pounds and two shoe sizes. He's been to more doctors in the last year than I'm sure he'd seen his entire life before. And he's got lots of friends. He's a confident, sweet boy with lots of compassion. And he's a quick learner. He knows his ABC's, and can count to 10. He can walk and run, almost hop, though we're going to start working more on that with the trampoline my aunt bought in another week or so (when the 30 days are up from the time he got circumcised) and I'm sure he's going to LOVE it. He is really good with his hand-eye coordination, although his reflex time is a little lagging.

I don't think I've posted this before, but this was the picture we saw at the SDA appointment on March 25, 2009. This is the picture I was drawn to for some reason. He almost looks like he had red hair at one time!

Here are some thoughts I had of our first encounter:
"We got to the orphanage around 11:30am, and got to hang with this little fella for about 20 mins before he had to go to lunch. My first impression wasn’t bad, but wasn’t good either. I didn’t really feel a connection with him at first. He was exhibiting good signs, like not wanting us to pick him up, and running back to his classroom. He has a healthy connection to his caregiver. But he didn’t want much to do with the cute stuffed dog we brought for him to play with. The orphanage appears to be well kept, and well run. The workers we ran in to seem to genuinely care about these children, which makes a big difference. She showed us how smart he is by asking him to pick the biggest of the objects on the table, and put the red circle in the right spot on the puzzle. I compared him to my friend Lindsay’s 2 year old, and he seems to be just a little past that. He’s smart, focused and obedient.After our meeting, we talked with the doctors about his diagnoses, which aren’t as bad as I initially thought. His feet will require some orthopedic care, but not surgery. And his heart condition is something that’s diagnosed in many orphanage children. The doctors seemed very up front about everything and answered our questions patiently.
We went to our visit at 4pm and this boy was a different child. He was engaging and fun, and I even got a few chuckles out of him! He is so much like Dave, it isn’t funny. He thought it was a hoot that Dave would give him jumbo legos, which he stacked right away. He was determined to stack each one, and wouldn’t stop until he reached his goal. He also loves his cars, and even showed us how he pushes himself about on a 3 wheeler. He’s on the track to being potty trained. He and I played with a roller for quite some time. I would take the roller apart, and GASP, give them to the boy, who would gasp back, smile and very absorbedly put it back together (there were only two pieces).After seeing his personality shine through a bit, we looked at each other and just laughed. I’m not sure a biological child would fit in much better. We told Igor that we didn’t need a doctor’s opinion, this is our son. Igor thought we were joking at first. He advised us to sleep on the decision; we’ll visit our boy again tomorrow and then go to the notary if we still want to proceed."

A side by side comparison...same child? Yep. That's how much he's changed in a year!


Conethia and Jim Bob said...

What a beautiful reflection!! Our 1 Year was the 25th. It's completely amazing how the Lord works!! Why are we surprised at the wonder that is the Lord!!! One year down, a lifetime to go!! Blessings to you all!!

Chris and Celeste said...

Amazing, he looks soo much older. A year does make a huge difference. We keep thinking we will up our age but when I see this it is a huge difference.