Thursday, February 27, 2014

7 Post in 7 Days.... Day 4

Leo Maximus.

Probably our biggest "surprise" of this adoption.

We had the benefit of "meeting" (over the internet) two families who had adopted from Leo's baby house and had seen/met our little guy.

We were told he was VERY anxious, nervous, sensitive, often crying, and did NOT like strangers...



In fact I have a short video from another boy's dad a few months before we met him where the dad (who had been visiting his son every day and saw Leo every day also because they were in the same groupa) tries to say "hello" to Leo and Leo would have NONE of it...

Well we have had some sensitive boys in this house so we were ready...

And then Leo met his Daddy...



It was immediate.

When Daddy had to go back home while we had to wait for our court decree, Leo kept asking for him and we kept saying "papa home and we go on airplane and he will get us with car"

Leo repeated this (in Russian) at least 10 times a day before we left....

In between being introduced to fries (which he loves with major ketchup)...


Leo eats well, sleeps well, speaks well...

But most important,

He LOVES well.

He LOVES his papa, then me, then his brothers and sisters...

He LOVES talking to his grandparents on the phone or looking at pictures with them...

He LOVES reading books and tries to repeat all the words after (or during!) you read them to him...

He truly has a smile on his face about 98% of the time...



Leo has a little surgery coming up this summer to fix up his cleft lip repair and then will have another surgery about age 10...

But a lip is an easy fix... 

We are so blessed that his heart is healing in our family and that it shows on his face every single day.





7 comments:

  1. Such a sweet boy! I love that he was immediately at ease with you all:)

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  2. Hi Carla,

    I've been following Henry's story and now your most recent children. Thank you so much for the updates. They really encourage me to keep advocating for orphans. It's hard when families come home and the updates stop and I'm left to wonder how things are going. I understand how busy you must be with such a large family so thank you for taking the time to share. I truly appreciate it.

    Sue - your neighbor to the north in Wisconsin

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  3. This is the best update ever! Yeah for little Leo!

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  4. Beautiful, just beautiful..he is exactly where God meant him to be!!

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  5. First time to your blog! What a beautiful family you have! I am captivated by little Leo--you can see the joy and happiness in his eyes. You are truly doing God's work with these little blessings! What a gift you all are to each other!

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