From the last few weeks, some good stuff we've read that relates to adoption from China and/or parenting a special needs child from China.
As always, if you are a traveling family, or have posted something, or read something, that you'd like to share here on No Hands But Ours, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the news:
From the Nanfang Insider, a heart-breaking story of a 3-year HIV+ old boy,
who was abandoned at birth and found to be HIV+ a year later. He was
separated from the other children and now lives a life of solitude, with
hopes of being adopted one day.
In China, a daring few challenge one-child limit (APNews) by Alexa Olesen who tells the stories of several families in China who are trying to change the one-child policy. One desperate mother shares, "I don't think I've committed any crime. A crime is something that hurts other people or society or that infringes on other people's rights. I don't think having a baby is any kind of crime."
Amy and Benjamin Root adopted baby Maisy from China with a special need of hairy nevus birthmark. They just celebrated the one year anniversary of the life-saving surgery she underwent to remove the potentially cancerous mark - and she has made an amazing recovery.
And an article from The Washington Post about Guangzhou,
the stopping place for all adoptive families before they exit China.
Lots to learn about this beautiful city, the third largest in all of
From the bloggy world:
Sara, who blogs at Football and Fried Rice, just came home with her second little one from China. And she shares what it really looks like when you get home from an adoption trip.
Our very own Wife of the Prez shares about her littlest guy, and his new BAHA hearing aid. Adopted from China with a heart defect and cleft lip and palate, his hearing deficiency was an unknown need... but with the help of his BAHA, he can now hear in both ears.
Rachel, who blogs at Kittens and Ladybugs, recounts her new son Jaidin's recent cleft lip and palate surgery - just weeks after coming home from China.
Maia, who blogs at Une Envie de Sel, recently shared a very profound conversation with daughter Q, who came home from China with cleft lip and palate.
Kelley, who blogs at Gazing Upward, recently celebrated six months home and a major breakthrough with her daughter, Caroline LiYun, 13.
Our beloved Tonggu Momma answers some very pointed questions in her post "Am I Angry?" regarding her new daughter, Squirt, and her recent medical scares. Although Squirt came home as a non-special needs child, she has since suffered from several unexplained seizures.
Branda, who blogs at Days Made of Now, shares a red-letter day in the life of parenting a child who was adopted as an 'older child'. Her daughter, ManYu, has made a big step in accepting her new family, and calls her mamma for the very first time.
Liz, who blogs at Learning Patience, recently came home with two little ones from China. She offers up her candid thoughts for anyone considering adopting two children at once.
And lastly, if you're like all of us around here, you'll want to take a
few moments (or hours!) and travel vicariously with these families
currently in China to bring home their kids.