Teaching all of us about compassion and unconditional love. Jesse and Judah helping take care of Andrew who have only been home 2 plus months love on Andrew by helping to cream him up for bedtime.
They seem to really care about him and are concerned when he is upset. He is loud, and often very disruptive but they don't seem to mind. They roll with the flow. When they think he needs something they come running to one us to tell us :)
I love his sneaky smile...Andrew kept trying to turn himself around and by having Abe hold his hand he couldn't.
Sometimes it is hard to have such a significant special needs child but it is the times in these photos that encourage us . Andrew has been home now for 2 yrs and 7 and a half months. He has changed so much and we are grateful for this. We still can't easily travel with him when we all go out because he can be very disruptive. We rotate one of the adults in our family to stay home when we go to church. He still will do some auto aggressive behaviors but they are way less than before. He can be cuddly when he wants to be and he sleeps thru the nite about 2/3 of the month. We keep a journal of his life so we can accurately share what he eats, how he sleeps and his behaviors with his doctors. Overall we have seen a significant improvement in his behaviors and sleep. He also does not vomit at all . We had a time in April he had started to spit up some ( not as much as before) so we went over his diet in the journal and could trace our additon of hamburger meat we would give for one meal a day...maybe the extra fat in it caused a blockage of the pyloric valve which was constricted by the parasite H Pyloria that he had for yrs...anyway we noticed he was burping and I suggested that we up his acid reflux meds. and we did and that took care of it . We also removed the hamburger from his diet. He only eats chicken now as his meat and occasionally a hotdog or turkey. He gets a multiple vitatmin plus iron daily and his blood wk is great for the B vitamins he does not get by not eating red meat. He is scheduled 9/11 for a follow up endoscope at Johns Hopkins.
We have been asked many times, " How do we take care of such a special needs child?"- to be honest it is alot to take care of this precious little guy who is sometimes embarassing and often challenging but it is a priviledge to love on him and share life with a child who no one wanted, and most likely would have been dead by now if we had not brought him home. He came home Christmas eve. 2009 with Gracie from Bulgaria...I have always thought it was special that he came home on a very significant day for Christians. He was also born on my birthday :) I love how the Lord gives us special reminders that He knows our heart and what we do and our struggles as well as our joys. The past few months have been filled with many joys watching Andrew gain more peace and contentment in his soul. He has a simple life filled with many who love him.