When I first met all of “my” babies in Ukraine, two of them already had families coming for them while the rest were waiting in one capacity or another. Waiting for a family to choose them, waiting to be listed, waiting to become available… Since meeting my babies and holding them in my arms for the first time, six of them have had families commit to them. Over the past year or so however, one of those babies went to be with Jesus, one became unavailable at the request of his biological parents (although he is now once again available for adoption!) and two more lost their families when they were taken to an orphanage that does not allow international adoption. One other little one’s family is still working hard to bring him home. Nineteen months since they first captured my heart, nineteen months of hoping and praying and advocating for these precious little ones and, aside from the two who already had families committed to them when I met them, I still hadn’t seen any of my kids go home to their forever families. Honestly, it’s one of the reasons I’ve become such a horrible blogger… I’ve grown weary… oh, how I needed this:
On January 18th Andrey met his parents for the first time. It was so exciting but, after all that has happened, I refused to allow myself to get all the way excited until he was officially home. On March 2 Andrey finally arrived “home” on American soil and I couldn’t have been happier for my teddy bear and his new family!
|At the orphanage while visiting with his new parents|
|After gotcha day... hanging out in Kiev waiting to go HOME|
Andrey was taken straight to the hospital where he was admitted with severe malnutrition with possible refeeding syndrome, dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, hypothyroidism, hypoglycemia, acute renal failure, bowel obstruction, h. pylori, and giardia. I am happy to report that poor little guy was feeling much better fairly quickly and aside from that, he has been doing very well and surprising everyone just like I knew he would! Just a few days after his mama busted him out of the orphanage, Andrey was scooting across the room, pulling himself up on the couch and holding his hands out to be picked up. Just a week after his gotcha day, before he even made it home, Andrey had already learned to sign "more" when eating and to say "Momma" and "hi" to whoever they were talking to on Skype! Smart cookie indeed :) I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… you, little man, are going to CHANGE THE WORLD!
|Andrey and his Pappa at the orphanage...|
|Andrey in Kiev with his Mommy!|
|Andrey (far right) going for a ride with his new brothers :)|
|Andrey, now Cooper, 2.5 weeks home!!!|