Saturday, August 20, 2011

Details!!!



God is good, we were able to meet our sweet boy on Friday in the hospital! First we had a meeting with the orphanage director and pediatrician and some of the staff with our lawyer Natasha and translator Kate...they gave us his medical history (he had chicken pox a few months ago and pneumonia in the past as well)...they said all his caregivers love him, he knows who they are and who are strangers and he understands what they tell him...they said he loves toys and is very "active" (which should fit in very well with my other 6 children!)....they were so very glad he was going to have a family and a chance at a good life, one nurse asked if it is really true that doctors here in America could help him walk someday, we explained through the interpreter what the orthopedic doc told us about treatment and she welled up with tears, Kate said she was so happy we could get him help.... we were then allowed to go visit him at the nearby hospital with a nurse from the orphanage...

we went into a hospital (older brick buildings, we would not even considering someplace that looks like that for our medical treatment here in the US) and it was clean and sunny inside...in a small room with one bench by a window and one small changing table they brought him in...he was awakened to see us and was clearly a bit upset, making "mewing" kinds of sounds...


he had a pacifier in....and the biggest grey-blue eyes (very like my oldest son's!) I have ever seen, they take up his whole face!! He is so very tiny, probably only about 10 pounds (he just turned 1 on July 24)...he can roll over but he cannot sit up...he can grab things with his hands (like my hair!) and takes his pacifier out and holds it and then tries to put it back in....he blows raspberries and he smiled and giggled a bit when I blew them on his neck...his eyes tracked everything but it seemed to tire him out...he got very overstimulated after a bit and instead of snuggling into me he wanted to be put down...he had sores on his right thumb (looks like he sucks on it for comfort) and 2 teeth on the top and 4 on the bottom...he needed to lay and look at the wall for a bit to calm down...then after a while he looked back at me and would make eye contact and I rewarded him with kisses on his cheeks, which he seemed to like...


his legs/hips are VERY affected by the arthrogryposis, he can move them but they "flail" about...his chest muscles are probably also involved as it is like he is permanently arching back (although that could also be because of his larger head on the tiny body and lack of muscle tone)...his fingers and hands are also involved but not as severely as he can reach and grab VERY well and seems to have very good hand-eye coordination...


I am in love.


10 comments:

  1. Look at those eyes! He's gorgeous!! You look beautiful in the picture too, so happy to be holding your new baby!

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  2. Hi, new to commenting on your blog, I just wanted to say what an amazing gift you and your family are giving to this child. I will keep following this story. God Bless you.

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  3. I am so glad you posted details. Praise God he can grasp and his elbows work!! That is major!! He's going to go far in life!! I am so glad you went to get him. My eyes are swimming!

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  4. I am so happy for both you and Paul! He is gorgeous, like all of your children! Words cannot really express my happiness for you! Thanks be to God that he is yours!

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  5. Oh, Carla, he is so beautiful! So happy he has been well cared for and loved. Praying that everything moves swiftly and smoothly for you guys!

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  6. How sweet he is! I am sure he is in love too! Praying for you!
    Blessings,
    Amy

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  7. Those eyes! I latched immediately onto the fact that he was GRIPPING his pacifier - so good to see. Can't wait to hear more details and watch this little one blossom. Prayers.

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  8. Oh so precious - the both of you! Congratulations again - I am in awe...

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  9. My heart is swelling! I am so happy for you!!! He is gorgeous and I love the details! What a blessed boy!!!

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