Hosea was a baby who arrived at Starfish on August 5, 2008. He was very sick and the orphanage asked me if I would accept him. He had a bi-lateral cleft palate and was already 3 months old and boy did we battle with him. He was constantly in and out of the hospital. He missed a few surgery appointments because he landed up in the hospital with what the doctors though was pneumonia. Just this past week I found out that that they were not right. Is seems that there is a lung problem (atelectasis...small collapse of his lung). His nanny at the time is the reason why he survived and thrived with us. She took such good care of him.
In spite of all the initial problems, we did get him to grow and he did get his cleft and palate repaired, thanks to Rachel Smith, a British volunteer, who fell in love with him and raised funds for his surgeries. He was finally healthy enough to do the surgery in April 2009, when he was 11 months old. I loved seeing Hosea smile because his eyes would almost disappear. So many people just loved him because he was not a grumpy baby at all and loved the volunteers. Hosea loved playing outside and would not want to come home when he was outside no matter rain or snow. He loved being in the jumper and would jump in there until he fell asleep, refusing to be laid down in his crib.
We prepared his adoption dossier and then he learned that he had been matched with a family in Tennessee. Hosea's new name was going to be Aiden and he had an older brother and a sister who had also been adopted from China. Aiden's family came to get him in the early part of September 2009 and we were happy to see that he adapted well to his new family. It seemed like he especially liked his brother. I love hearing how well the kids are doing and if you would like to follow the family blog, here is the site: http://www.immeasurablymoreblessed.blogspot.com/
Life, love and laughter,