Here is such good news from China. The Yulin orphanage brought Coco to us a few days before her second birthday. She has so developmentally delayed because she had so may special needs. TOF( four specific problems with the heart that can go from getting repaired in one surgery to needing four surgeries),anal atresia (the stomach is not connected to the anal passage and it takes two surgeries if not more to repair), and a radius missing, a bone in your forearm which makes you hand stand at a weird angle.
She could not do anything, but boy did she learn fast. In the first week she learned how to hold her bottle, with her hand and all. We found out that in spite of the strange angle she was able to use her hand very well. She turned out to be so smart. She was so observant and through watching others her skills improved so much. One area that was lagging behind was her eating kills. She did not know what to do with food. She could eat when you fed her but she was unable to feed herself or eat anything you put in her mouth. She just sat there, not knowing what do do with solid food. This started changing when we moved her out of the baby room to the toddler room. I think she just watched the others and learned.
She captured so many people's hearts. Love can heal so many issues and I think Coco just became the sweetest little thing. She is so willing to share her toys and food with her fellow Starfishes. After many tries and much waiting a family from the US finally got to sign the paperwork and be matched with her. They sound to be the perfect match. I am so happy about this.
This morning I got video that Coco finally is walking independently. I would like to share this with you. Coco will be three at the end of the month and she has finally conquered this gross motor skill. I am so proud of her!!! She is one of those children who can teach you about being tenacious.
I loved looking at her determined little face in the video:
NOW onto three Starfish princesses...
And a link to JACK'S adoption photos:
Last but not least, here is a link to a sweet video that some of the Starfish alums made for Amanda on her birthday: