We blinked, the week went by, just like that.
Or so it seemed.
After saying goodbye to all six therapists in turn this week, we’re feeling celebratory about being done with therapy for the next three months, and are looking forward to all the adventures in store for us this summer!
>Because of the intense busy times ahead, if you email me over the next month, I can’t guarantee a reply.<
Who could resist such a lip…more fetching than any laundry pile I’ve ever seen…
Q: Are you really considering ending your “blogging era,” as you mentioned?
A: Not the end of blogging, just the end of the Heavy Duty Blogging era. We’ve been watching for this, and God is making it very clear on two fronts.
I can’t explain more until after we get our boy home, but it’s awesome to see what God is doing! I can hardly wait to be able to tell you the rest of the story! Those of you who have prayed and are praying for Pleven–God is answering! And friends, it is GOOD!
Q: How is Katie?
A: Suddenly making a burst of progress!
She’s now climbing up onto the furniture. She knows how to turn around and sit down, too, and slide off properly by herself.
This past week, she signed “more” for the first time!
We can now require her to sign “please” in order to get what she’s asking for, even though it can take many patient tries through her initial toddler-style resistance. I’ll have to try to get a photo of The Lip, ahem.
She is very motivated to stand alone, and also loves to fall over on purpose. But when she’s playing with her favorite toys, she’ll focus on them instead and can stand for an increasing length of time!
And most remarkable of all?
She actually held a crayon in her hand and colored a few strokes back and forth for the first time! Look at her!
She’s looking at what she’s doing, and coloring on the paper!
Q: I…hope your travel dates could be shared on the blog so we can pray specifically for your flights and time in ‘that country which shall remain nameless’ and getting Tommy home without any issues.
A: Our travel itinerary has us flying out of Philly on Friday, June 7th and arriving in Tommy’s country Saturday, June 8th…
…picking Tommy up from his orphanage on Monday, June 10th…
…flying back to Philly on Saturday, June 15th, to be picked up at the airport by our good friends Adam and Amy Boroughs…
…arriving home in the wee hours of Father’s Day…
…to be joined the next day by the rest of our family, all together for the first time.
Q: Will Tommy be able to come directly home without hospitalization like Katie needed??
A: We are prepared for anything, but from all we know and have observed, we don’t expect Tommy to need hospitalization.
So many of the older children coming out of his orphanage have had difficulty eating and drinking, partly because of the emotional trauma of transition. For that one pick-up week, the more critical need is hydration. In January, I observed that although he was eating pureed foods very well, Tommy was dehydrated and unable to drink water from an open cup.
Because we expect feeding and drinking challenges, we’re going prepared with an array of tools to try if necessary in order to keep Tommy hydrated–bottle, spoon and thickener, several varieties of cups, syringe, and even naso-gastric tube supplies.
His first appointment is with Dr. Strauss at the Clinic for Special Children on his first Wednesday home for the usual post-adoption check-up and bloodwork. He has several medical conditions that will be addressed soon after he’s here, including a DEXA scan to find out what his bone density is, an evaluation of his scoliosis and other orthopedic issues, and an EEG to determine whether he is indeed experiencing seizures. As well as any other issues that may arise or be discovered!
Q: Are you at all worried about taking an infant on an overseas trip? I barely took my babies to Grandma’s house in another city let alone out of the state?
A: Nope, not worried. I guess we tend to be pretty intrepid where our babies are concerned, as we’ve taken them all sorts of places and they have never come to harm as a result.
My plan is for Benjamin to spend a lot of the week tucked tightly inside the black Baby K’Tan that Verity passed down to him, something like this. He loves it and so do I.
After riding next to Benjamin in the van, James observed, “Ben is getting chubby. When the van went over bumps, his cheeks bounced.”
Our hearts are so full, not just with the magnitude of what God has done in bringing Tommy to us, but experiencing the kindness of so many of you. Every one of you who has prayed for us, offered practical assistance to our family, given to bring Tommy home or toward Katie and Tommy’s needs, and written notes of love and support–all of you have helped put courage into us during this journey. We owe you a debt of love.
We are praying for your trip. We know that the Lord has gone before you and He will order your steps. Though, I do hope it is in matching shoes this time. :)
~another adoptive mom friend
P. S. Want to see a miracle? Don’t miss reading about little Anna Rosencrants, who’s been in the hospital for almost two months–ever since coming to the United States from the Pleven orphanage.