Tuesday, December 7, 2010
The Story of Baby Andrew (JUST THE FACTS)
(for those of you who like all the emotional stuff, see following post)
On Thursday, December 2nd, I was at home, wondering what in the world I was going to do with my 4 and 2 year old that afternoon. Matt had been gone for a few days, and I was looking forward to him checking in that day… a little adult, ENGLISH conversation with your best friend goes a LONG ways!
When he called, the first thing he said was, “go check your email”. Being the ever-suspicious wife of a man who has a new idea every 5 minutes, I told him to tell my WHY first.
There was this little Dude Matt had fallen in love with at a foster home he was visiting. The child had turned 1 year old that day, but look more like a 7 or 8 month old. When Matt walked into the room, the little guy started waving, laughing and singing to Matt. After asking around, it turned out there was not really enough room for him at that foster home, and everyone would be thrilled if we could take him away for a few months and give him some extra attention and love.
We had been thinking about fostering for quite some time, and felt that when the time came, we would KNOW. It turns out, we did know. After giving me all the details, I told Matt I needed 10 minutes alone to talk to the Father.
And the next day, Matt hopped on a plane, and brought him home!
His English name is Andrew, and his little brain is perfect. He watches everything and is involved in everything going on around him. He has only 1 pinky on one hand, and the other hand is fine. His toes and legs need some attention, and later on, in his adoptive family, he will need some surgeries. Because he has spent so long in an institution, he cannot sit up, push up, or do most things a typical baby would do at 1 year.
Soon he will go on to be adopted internationally, and we are looking forward to him having his own family for keeps. But for now, we will be working on building his muscles and abilities, and giving him lots of love.
We are not able to adopt yet from China. For no other reason than that we both have to be 30 years old. And one of us is NOT yet 30 ☺ We know it will be hard to let him go later, but we DO understand how this works, and we do not have delusions about the end result.
He is the happiest baby I have ever met. He laughs, and sings, and smiles. He obviously does not appreciate a dirty diaper, or being hungry, but for the most part he never cries. We are blessed indeed.
You can pray that we all find joy in loving him, that we are united as a family, and that our girls have understanding beyond their years about this boy. We want them to have no fear or misunderstandings about what we are doing with Andrew. Pray that he grows healthy, and stronger than ever while he is with us.