March 4, 2009

Whatever Wednesdays

Each Wednesday we post links from the previous week that touch on special needs adoption. Our hope is that these small snapshots provide you with a glimpse of life after adopting through China's waiting child program... both the long-term blessings and the challenges that come with parenting a child with special needs. We also hope to raise awareness about a variety of special needs.

Heart Catheterization Update
-- adoptive daddy (China) Aaron at Praying for YouYou... a description of his daughter's recent heart catheterization - the whys and hows of it all (SN: heart condition - VSD)

Lucy's GI Visit -- adoptive momma (China) Jill at The Hutchinson Family... a recent check-up (SN: HepB+)

H Pylori, The Second Time Around; More Prevalent Than You May Think -- adoptive momma (Russia and Guatemala) Marcie at A Child Chosen... describing both of her son's H Pylori infections

Scared? -- adoptive momma (China) snowflowers mum at Growing Snowflowers... her reaction to the British public's reaction to a children's TV host who has a limb difference

The different schools of attachment therapy
-- adoptive momma (Haiti) Christine at welcome to my brain... her thoughts as she navigates the confusing world of attachment therapies (SN: two children diagnosed with RAD)

Cleft Home Three Weeks Later
-- Amanda, founder of Starfish Children's Services at Starfish Cleft Home... a progress report on the nine children who just joined the Starfish foster family (SN: cleft lip/ cleft palate)

Hey baby, what's your sign?
-- Early Childhood Educator JVS at Standing Tall Through Everything... describing her personal struggles to label children as special needs when she herself does not want to label others, since she's been on the receiving end all too often

We Are Home!!! -- adoptive momma (China) Sally at Bryson Makes 8!... discussing her son's recent surgery and release from the hospital (SN: club foot)

On A Roll -- foster momma (China) Carrie at Love Grows Here: The New Day Foster Home Blog... little Phillip, getting around in his wheelchair (SN: severe hydrocephalus and spina bifida)

61/365 -- adoptive momma (Vietnam) Kelly at Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds... a description of her daughter's visit with the occupational therapist (gross motor delays typical of an international adoptee)

I'll Take a Double... NOT! -- adoptive momma (China) Ohilda at A Bouquet of Blessings... an ear infection becomes more challenging when you have certain special needs (SN: velopharyngeal insufficiency or VPI)

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