Julia was one of the heart babies that we got on April1, 2009. She was already four months old and looked good for a heart baby She was almost six kg (14pounds) and was eating very well. The first echo showed some abnormality with her heart, and the surprise came when we did the second echo to prepare for heart surgery some months later and it showed that the heart had healed. So Julia was to be adopted ad a NSN (Non Special Needs) child. I knew that she could be adopted to any place in the world and that we would most likely not have any contact with the family before hand. All of our NSN babies all went to Europe.
Julia was so interesting to watch as she grew. Her hair which was so short in the beginning began to curl, which is so unusual for a Chinese child. She and the other gang of girls learned to walk almost at the same time and played with each other so well. One by one they all got adopted and soon there was no one left.
After being at Starfish for 18 months she was adopted. We had no idea where she was going. On September 5th, 2010, the day of her adoption, we found out that Julia was going to the dreaded S country. We called it that because all of the babies who went to Spain had families who did not want to have anything to do with us. This was no different. Since the adoption we have not heard any from the family so we have no idea how Maria de Carmen is doing. I thought is so interesting that she got the name of one of her best friends Carmen. We hope that she is well and that she has attached well to her family and loving her new environment by now. It is kind of sad considering just how many people loved her at Starfish and how many would have loved some news. Some things cannot be controlled, no matter how hard you try.