It sure seems like a lot of my posts are about birthdays, but with 8 kids, birthdays happen pretty often. And I hope it’s a good way for you to get a closer look at each of these wonderful kids as we celebrate them!
I first met J at an orphanage in Port Au Prince during my first go-around with COTP. The orphanage was closing and while IBESR (Haitian social services) was able to find placements for all the “regular” kids, nobody would take the kids with special needs. I went down to meet him and see if we could care for him at COTP. Um, YES! All I remember was an adorable boy scooting all over the place on his bottom, and the rest is history 🙂
The rest is actually a wonderful story of love and progress and potential and milestones. J turned 5 last month and we celebrated by taking him to a nearby hotel for swimming and lunch. How grown-up he seems now! We still love snuggling and he likes to be held, but J walked all by himself from the truck to the pool. At lunch, we didn’t have to spoon-feed him and he didn’t eat pureed food. With some encouragement along the way, J ate the same food we were eating, putting it in his own mouth and chewing it. We felt like such proud parents!
Playtime in the water was really fun with J. He was a little unsure at first, but gradually loosened his grip on me and Wilson and soon his eyes were sparkling and he was getting more adventurous. It was a really warm day, but being in the water made his little teeth chatter uncontrollably. If J wasn’t cute enough to begin with, chattering J is over-the-top adorable!
His birthday was rounded out with a gift from my parents, a little tikes tricycle! He hasn’t gotten the hang of the pedals yet, but likes to cruise around on it and it is great balance practice for him.
We are incredibly blessed by each of the kids we are privileged to care for. J is no exception and we hope that you are blessed by him in some way as well.