Thursday, February 26, 2009
Last week I read- At Your Word Lord and I was delighted when I read this: "Children who are adopted often need special prayers and visualization.... A child who has lost his or her mother, though rejection or death, often suffers deep wounds that need to be healed, no matter how happy they are in their adopted family." I felt as though the author was speaking directly to me. I felt hope wash over me. The author offers a suggestion on how to pray for adopted children who are hurting. Many of you know our precious little boy and have being praying for him. I ask that you would join us in praying for Igor in a very specific way. Pray/ask Jesus to heal Igor's memories from conception, birth, separation from his birth mother and any perceived rejection on Igor's behalf. Ask Jesus to heal any hurts from his time in the orphanage.
Mark 9:23 (NIV) ......Everything is possible for him who believes.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I have talked to the insurance company more than I would like to admit. I finally spoke with a woman who really wanted to help me sort the situation out. She spoke with several departments and supervisors but we still do not have a resolution to the situation. She said they have 30 days to review the documents. So we wait....
Monday, February 16, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
When I was changing Henry's diaper this evening Igor came in the bathroom and threw up on the bathroom floor. This is unusual for Igor because he has only thrown up when car sick. Before Igor went to bed last night he said he thought he had bugs in his tummy... hmmmm.... He was fine when he got up this morning for school. I called the pediatrician's office right before they closed (I'm pretty sure they recognize my voice when I say hello). They are going to test Igor for giardia and also for norovirus which is making the rounds in our town. Igor said he felt better after he got sick so I'm not sure what's going on with Igor's tummy. He will sleep with a trash can next to his bed just in case.... I will be bleaching doorknobs, handles, knobs and counter tops after everyone is asleep....
Oh, and the last big thing that happened in the last 24 hours- Our Health Insurance company wrote us a letter to say they canceled our policy. heavy sigh... Of course it's a terrible mix up. I hand carried paperwork to the insurance company today hoping to get it straightened out. They informed me that they can take up to 30 days to review the paperwork and reinstate our policy.... Uh, 30 days really doesn't work for our family. I plan on calling them everyday for a status until this is resolved. I know it sounds a little over the top but we really cannot be in limbo land for 30 days.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
thank you for my bugs. I like them but so does Henry so I have hid them so no one can see them.
I really like Henry's birthday present (cars). When Henry wasn't looking I took his cars and hid them in my room because I like cars more than him... plus I'm 6 1/2 yrs old and I like to hide things. Don't tell Henry because I don't want him to play with race cars, he's too little.
Thank you for my races cars. I play with them while Igor is at school. He doesn't know that I found them in his bed! I like to lay in his bed when he's not home and play. Don't tell him because mommy says it's a secret. Igor got some very cool bugs. I like to look at them but Igor hid them from me. I am still looking for them. I hope to find them soon!
Henry loves to play with the wagon while Igor is at school. When Igor got off the bus and saw the wagon was out he said, "I've got an idea, I'll pull Henry in the wagon."
Igor took Henry around the block! Here's Igor pulling Henry up the hill. If you listen closely (don't mind the wind) you can hear Henry saying - WOW!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Rob and I were a little shocked by the drop in percentile but when I look back on the last few days it makes sense. I'm not a doctor but I still think something is wrong with Henry's tummy.
Henry was eating 6 meals a day. You read that correctly- 6 meals a day! I was so concerned about the amount he was eating I consulted with the doctor. She said to feed him if he was hungry. We wanted to make sure he knew we would meet his need if he was hungry.
The last few days Henry has limited the amount he will eat to 2 or 3 small meals a day. Tonight he didn't eat his dinner, a meal he has previously inhaled. Henry has even refused his bottle the last two nights.... hmmmm. I hope the test results will help us understand what is going on with Henry.
Igor's tongue is on the mend but it's still painful. It is going to take more than the 7-10 days the dentist quoted me but I do see improvement!
Today was a particularly bad day for Igor. In previous posts I have written about the dust bunny in our house but today a different analogy hit me- wounding. Igor has some deep wounds as a result of being in an orphanage. Over time these wounds have healed but one wound scabs up but never quite heals. Today, the scab of that wound was ripped off and we had to deal with the consequences. It was not pretty. This afternoon I prayed with Igor for the wound to heal. Igor said, in a defeated way, that it will never go away.... my heart was so heavy. I told Igor I would never stop praying for him and we would continue to work with him and do everything possible for the wound to finally heal. I want my precious little boy to know hope and healing!
Monday, February 9, 2009
On Friday an Ethiopian exchange student, Muli, came over to play with Henry and listen to him talk. Of course, our little chatter box was silent for the first half hour, then gradually started to talk. Muli said that Henry only spoke one word in Amharic, the rest was baby talk. Henry has excellent receptive skills, he did almost everything Muli asked him to do in Amharic.
Muli explained that Henry's double shoulder shrug means "no" or "I don't want to". This makes sense because when I tell Henry not to go in the road he looks me right in the eye, he gives me the double shoulder shrug then he heads for the street. Now I know he is being defiant... hmmmm... Henry understands several phrases in English such as:
1. go get your shoes
2. go see Igor/Daddy/Mommy
3. give this to Igor/Daddy/Mommy
4. It's time to go
5. Come here
Henry's English has been limited to one word - MAMA - but in the last few days he has added Mommy, gbye (good bye), and Wow. Tonight at dinner I put a biscuit on his plate and he said, "WOOOW!" Igor thought Henry learning "wow" was very cool. I wonder what he will learn next?
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Who do you call with a tongue injury??? The pediatrician or the dentist?? I called the dentist first because they opened at 8AM and the pediatrician opened at 8:30. It turns out dentists deal with tongues. The dentist asked if I had the part of the tongue that had been bitten off. We didn't so she said there was probably very little she could do without it but offered us an appointment to make sure the area wasn't infected. The good news is - no infection and it should heal in 7-10 days. Igor has a special rinse to help the tongue heal but otherwise it has to heal on its own.
Igor likes to hide his toys. Before Henry arrived he hid special toys under his bed. Now that Henry is here Igor wanted to put his special toys out of Henry's reach so Igor put them on the top bunk. Igor knew Henry climbed the bunk bed ladder but stopped at the second rung so he assumed the toys would be safe. The other day Henry saw the special toys on the top bunk and that's all the incentive he needed to climb the ladder to the top. I've never seen Henry so determined to get some where! Igor is now searching for a new hiding place.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Henry enjoyed eating the frosting more than the cake