My heart is filled with joy. Our whole family is together and the Lord continues to bond and strengthen us in ways that only He can. Nolan and Oliver are transitioning nicely as if they feel it in their bones that they are home. Yes... they are home.
After a few days home I got out the few souvenirs I bought for the kids. I passed themout after dinner one evening. Dennis was super excited to get his big animal balloon.
Nolan couldn't wait to get his either.
Some friends of our came over to visit. They were and are extremely supportive of our adoption. Here is Julia pulling the wagon with Nolan and our friend John.
When Nolan first got home he was very scared of all our animals. After 4 or 5 days he began to warm up to them. Now the kitties have to run away to avoid being lovingly Nolan-handled.
Bless Dennis' heart. He is taking his big brother role seriously. I am so proud of him. After shots at the doctor the other day, Oliver was very cranky in the evening. As I rocked him he kept up the fussy crying until Dennis came over to him and began singing. "I love you so much. You don't have to cry. Mom is holding you. You were a brave boy with the shots. It won't hurt in the morning. I used to get shots. God loves you in this family. It is time to go to sleep. Hush baby Oliver. It is time to go to sleep."
Dennis' heart was full when he saw that Oliver finally closed his eyes and went to sleep.
Alex loves to watch Oliver. He is very gentle with him. I love this sweet picture of the two of them.
William has probably taken the longest to warm up to Nolan and Oliver. Little by little I see him spending more time with them. We were in the middle of cooking dinner and Oliver was getting hungry. When William passed through the kitchen I asked him if he would be a great big helper and hold Oliver for a few minutes while I made up his food. William said yes and here he is. William is not one to ask to hold any baby so this was a wonderful way to get him involved.
Caleb has been hanging out with Oliver more and more. It is pretty sweet.
Today we went to church for the second Sunday with the boys. A few of our older kids help out with childcare and would be with the boys but John and I took them into the main service with us again. The boys just sit in our laps. Afterwards we stayed and had lunch. Our church has activities planned every Sunday after church during summer to promote community.
Now that we are home Nolan seems a bit more bonded to the kids than to me at this moment. I think he sees me as the one who puts him to bed, the one who tells him no, the one who reminds him to go potty before bed. He sees the kids as the ones who he has fun with and nothing else. Of course I notice this so John and I are taking steps to ensure bonding. When we get ready for church Nolan is in our room with us. Dennis loves to be in our big bathroom racing cars across the floor when we are getting ready. He also loves to pretend to shave and put on deodorant with Daddy. Nolan is learning to pretend too. The other day he actually wanted to be in the bathroom with us when we were getting ready. We also have him sit next to us at meals and I tend to help him with cutting up his foods or scraping up the last bite. Throughout the day I call out Nolan's name to come over to me just so I can give him a kiss. He is a sweetheart and I just want him to know without a doubt that we think he is one precious little boy.
After lunch the kids played in the water. They all had so much fun!
Mr. Blue Eyes
Before we got out of the van I told all the kids what the plan was with all the wet clothes and towels.
As an example John also put his wet clothes out here. :)
Nolan and Oliver went to a new pediatrician for their physicals. I say new because I had not taken any of the other kids to see her.
Nolan is 36 inches tall. He weighs 28 pounds.
Oliver is 30 1/2 inches tall. He weighs 20.9 pounds. His head circumference is 18 inches.
They both got three shots each. Nolan went first so he would not freak out after watching Oliver get his shots. He cried but did not carry on for long after they were done. Oliver didn't cry with the first shot. But his feelings were sure hurt after the 2nd. Bless both their little hearts.
Both boys have mildly gunky eyes-- not pink eye-- but definitely something that she thinks warrants eye drops. Oliver might have a slightly clogged tear duct I told her but the medical report didn't mention it.
The doctor doesn't want to do anything with Oliver's reflux right now. She wants to see if it will improve now that he is home. She suggested that we keep him in his high chair after eating till his food settles. She has ordered a barium swallow. I will take Oliver back in 6 weeks to see how he is doing. We will discuss things like the frequency of his spitting up and his weight gain. She was impressed with our translated medical records that we gave her from the baby house. She did not refer us to see a geneticist to confirm his DS. I have heard from other Moms that this needs to be done so I would love any of you to chime in. She did not refer us to a cardiologist because the report says his heart is fine and when she listened it sounded great to her. Yay! His congestion has gotten much better since we have been home.
As for Nolan I told her about the ENT appointment I already made and the consult with the plastic surgeon coming up to fix his cleft palate. He is already getting plugged into the craniofacial team clinic too. Nolan's official diagnosis is EEC Syndrome according to the medical reports from the baby house and since it was diagnosed by a geneticist there she doesn't see the need to refer him to a geneticist right now.
For being in an orphanage for all of their lives she was very impressed with how healthy both the boys are.
Praise the Lord!