Saturday, September 6, 2014

Here we go again!

Sergei and Crosby continue to grow and are such a blessing to our household! Crosby is almost ready to start walking! and Sergei gets a bit stronger each day! The kids all love them so much! This week we will get our paperwork going again for round two! Ready, set, go! No particular child or children picked out at the moment. Still praying for guidance on that. Although Brian really would like to add a little girl in since the boys out number the girls now!!! 6 boys and 3 girls. Well I think he better get ready to bring home 3 girls!!!! The more the merrier! Who is ready to join us on this adventure?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A million steps FOR Sergei

Wow! Sergei is making progress but he has a million steps to go on a long, hard road! Sergei has gained nearly 9 pounds since the end of March and has grown almost 3 inches!! He used to scream when you would stop feeding him, even though he was full, thinking he wouldn't get to eat again for a long time! He panics and had a look of terror when he got his diaper changed. Now he is usually ok but once in awhile he still panics.he doesn't scream anymore at the end of his meal! He had dental surgery. He had rotten teeth and a lot of infection in his mouth. He has to sleep with the light on. He hates the dark! His right hip is completely dislocated and has been for quite some time. He will need to have complete reconstruction surgery on his hips. The doctor is waiting until he adds some more weight due to the intense surgery and long recovery. When he first came out of the orphanage he could not lift his head at all. This is the result of laying in a crib for over 6 years. Sergei can now hold his head up here and there for about 12 seconds. He has therapy quite a few times a week. I pray for him to be able to hold up his head and eventually sit. Despite all his years of suffering and neglect, he is a very happy boy! He loves movement and loves to be outside! We are praying about adopting again! These kids need homes! Do you have room for one more?
 First meeting of Sergei....newborn diapers...less than 17 pounds. Love at first site!
 Little Crosby....Soooooo cute!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

All Home

Crosby made it to the USA. He was quite wiggly on the plane but did well considering! He is a feisty boy with all his own ideas of how things should go. At first he avoided eye contact but is making progress now. He will have a sedated echo to check his heart next week. He possibly has a hearing issue so hopefully we can get that checked out soon as well! He does sleep all night which we are so thankful for since Sergei does not sleep well. The two boys are complete opposites!! Sergei started therapy and we are trying to get weight on him still. Thank you to all who helped us get these boys home so they can be part of a family and get medical care.

Monday, May 5, 2014

More than Blessed

We are more than blessed! Crosby finally had court!! The nannies thought we might not come back to get him since there were so many delays with court! But he is ours now. His name is Crosby Anatoliy. I can't wait to meet him. They are on the train tonight to Kiev and hoping to fly home on Thursday. We pray that he is a good sleeper. Tonight is his first night out of the orphanage and off schedule. He is so cute. Sergei has been in the hospital 3 times this past week due to shunt issues. We learn something new each time. Sergei still does not sleep well. Only 3 hours last night and a one hour nap today! He hasnt gained much wait this past week. He lost his appetite when he was sick. Yet we are so blessed with these two little boys! Praying for orphans in Ukraine and for Ukraine and protection from Russia. Please consider donating to Reece's rainbow or Maya's hope to help these children that are in desperate need. Thank you.

Monday, April 21, 2014

One month out of the orphanage

Sergei has been out of the orphanage for one month now. He has gained 50% of his weight! He was about 17 pounds and now weighs 25 pounds! He has gone from a newborn diaper to almost size 3 diaper. He cannot hold his head up yet or sit or use his hands purposefully but he is still very underweight. He will start therapy soon! His vision is not good and he is not verbal but his hearing is fine. We are praying for healing for this sweet boy! He does not sleep well so I am really tired but that will come too. He has an MRI this week and a check up with GI and neurosurgery. We will find out on Friday if there will be court for Crosby. If so it will be Brian off for his third trip! It will be wonderful to have both boys home! I will update when I can!! Thank you for all the support!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A New Shunt

Sergei needs to have a new shunt put in so I am waiting at the hospital right now. Surgery will probably take 2 hours. He wasn't allowed to eat after midnight and this is difficult since he is so thin already. He ate about 9 pm but then he was so tired that he didn't eat again. Surgery was supposed to be at 10:30 but the the child ahead must of been having some difficulty so they did not get him until 12:40. I am adding the hours that have gone by since his last feeding. Yet he never cried even though I knew and could tell he wanted food. His little lips were moving and he was biting his bottom lip pretty hard. I know he has a 100 angels by his side. He has survived the unthinkable...neglect and almost to the point of starvation so I know he gave up a long time ago crying out for food or comfort. If I think about his past too long I become very sad that I wasn't able to help him earlier. I will update as soon as I can after surgery.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Admitted to the hospital

On Wednesday we went right to Childrens Hospital. The doctor took one look at Sergei's starved thin, frail body and told us that he was going to admit him. The biggest concern was refeeding syndrome, which can be fatal. As we increase calories into his tiny body, they will check his blood every 8 hours to monitor lots of different things that can go haywire once the body starts to get nutrition after starvation. So far his blood work has been great!! His poor tiny arms have so many bruises now after several days of multiple blood draws. We have a team of many doctors checking on  all his medical needs. His vision is quite damaged due to his shunt not working at some point in his life. His hearing seems good. He will have to have surgery to put in a new shunt. The doctors are giving it a few days so we can get his body condition in a little bit better shape. The physical therapists were very excited about his range of motion. We will be excited to get started but we have to wait until he is in better shape. Sergei has to save as many calories as possible right now. After just 2 weeks out of the orphanage, Sergei had gained 5 pounds!! He was below 20 pounds at the orphanage. So sad that other children are stuck in Crimea and now funding is not getting to the orphanages or the children. Plus kids like Sergei are starving to death and now cannot be adopted. We thank Jesus for getting our son out and will continue to pray for all the other children.

In the meantime, we are still waiting for news on court for Crosby! We know God has that plan already in place. Now we just have to wait. We are thankful that Crosby is in a place where he is fed but still needs a family to give him all those things that just don't happen at orphanages. Thanks for prayers and support!