Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Please pray

Thanks again for all the congratulatory notes. Caleb is just a cutie-bug, there is no way around it. He has a great giggle, likes to tease and be tickled, and it's adorable the way he imitates me sometimes--like when I'm sitting with terrible posture on the couch and he sits exactly the same way. We got his passport pictures taken today.

My first concern has to do with getting him to eat and drink enough. I know other adoptive parents have faced this difficulty, too. I'm most concerned about liquids. When I give him a cup, he drinks a little but then either starts playing and spitting or just drowns his shirt. When I tried a cup with a sippy lid he holds the cups absolutely upside down and most of the liquid goes on his shirt. (The sippy cup I got is free-flowing) I tried just giving him a water bottle but he tried to put his mouth over the entire end of the bottle and ends of soaking himself or the floor. I finally got about a third of a cup of tea down him spoonful by spoonful. He liked the tea but that is such a slow method. I've got to ask what kind of cup he is used to. I wonder if he could use a straw? As far as food goes, he's had bananas, fruit loops, yogurt and bread and a cookie--wouldn't eat rice or potatoes or cheese or bologna. When Dima picked us up he was asking how Caleb had done, how he slept, how he was eating. He was insistent that he needs to have meat. Then he gave me the daily schedule from the orphanage with the list of kinds of foods he eats at what times and says he needs to eat more than bananas and yogurt. I said, 'Dima, I know that.' Probably if I weren't feeling so emotionally vulnerable right now, it wouldn't have been a big deal but I am just ready to be home where I can easily get the foods and supplies I want, where I can actually read the directions on labels for how to prepare foods (like the hot cereal that I bought) and where I'll be with my family and my friends and my supports. Do you know what I mean? I'm not usually such a basket case but tears kept rolling down my cheeks there in the back seat of the car and I kept trying to duck down and hide them.

And then Dima said we've run into a potential problem--well, he says he's pretty sure it WILL be a problem. On some vital computer form, Caleb's name is one letter too long to fit in the space (so it comes out Caleb Alexande, I guess) Without this problem, we would have Caleb's passport by Friday which I think would be just right for me to go home on Tuesday. With the problem, another government office has to get involved and Dima doesn't know how long it will take to resolve the problem. (I think Donna ran into a similar situation.) Please pray that either this won't turn out to be a big deal at all or that the Lord will give me strength and endurance to face a longer time away from home.

Thanks for your love and prayers.

8 comments:

Rita Andrews said...

We love you and know the Lord will fill you with His ever lasting strength. Keep your head high and be strong my sister....for God is with you.

Rita

teresa said...

dear mom ,
i love you. i am doing a state report in school .my state report on goregia. mom billy took a important paper off the teachers desk and shurded it.
lllllllllllllllllllooooooooooooooooooooovvvvvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeee yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyoooooooooooouuuuuuuuuuuuu teresa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11!1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WheresMyAngels said...

Big hugs and how fustrating. I hope you soon figure out something.

Prayers that you will be home soon!

Anonymous said...

Dear mommy,
I love u.
We just got Jade with grandma and grandpa.Her stiches look werd.It looks like the spray painted her.
Even her hair looks werd too. it looks boled they shaved her really good I mean her hair is gone on her belly.I got your email.Why is Caleb not eating or eating enough food.
Love,
Scheri or call me Little foot

kaylaglas said...

Hang in there. Yall will have each other figured out very quickly. I would try the straw - even if he isn't used to it he would probably pick it up very quickly.

Kayla

Anonymous said...

Yes my son with Down SYndrome learned to drink from a straw (he couldn't drink from a bottle or sippy cup) around the age of 18-24 months. Even if you have to feed him through the straw, it's quicker than the spoon method. Plus, if you can get fruit (regular or baby food) down him, it has lots of water in it. The yogurt gives him some liquid also. Good luck.

Jan

Shelley said...

Joy,
The exact same thing happened to Donna! I will call her tomorrow and get her to come to your blog and tell you what they had to do.
Don't worry about Caleb not drinking. As long as he's eating and going to the bathroom, he's fine. Xander still doesn't drink a lot of liquids and we've been working on it for 6 months!

kevin said...

Hi honey Im sorry Im so far away I wish I could help I think the straw Idea is Great it my just be finding one you could take the front and back off of a pen.
If you are needing something for more nutrition that pharmacy might have some pedasure or something like that.
I hope that the paperwork can be resolved I will be praying to that end so you guys can come home on the 26th love you kevin