Mia at just over 2 months old 😭 this actually doesn't seem real haha. Look at those skinny little legs! What I would do for a cuddle with tiny Mia, looking at this picture I can almost smell her little new smell that she had 😍
Don't mess with a mama bear and a papa bear! We have never really had to fight for Liam's rights before, but apparently now is our time. Without going into too much detail, what our school district promised us for Liam's year in Kindergarten has completely changed, and his rights are being challenged. Apparently they changed Least Restrictive Environment to MOST Restrictive Environment, and went back approximately 30 years. Their "groundbreaking" special education plan should alternately be titled segregation. I'm always laid back and kind, and I don't create conflict unless necessary. But tomorrow morning, I am unleashing my fury. Liam will get to be in an inclusive classroom with an aide as we were promised, and as recommended by his current team. Yes, he will be with "kids of his kind." And by "kids of his kind" I mean human beings who are 5 and 6 years old. IF they refuse to give us that, they will be paying to send him to a school district that can. I love our district, so this is truly heartbreaking. Thankfully, we have an incredible army on our side. 💙💛
“Adoption was a busy and somewhat frightening process. People sometimes say we are courageous or special for adopting a baby boy with Down syndrome from across the world, but the truth is, there is really nothing special about us. We just had faith, but sadly even that was weak at times, with moments of anxiousness and thoughts of ‘what are we doing?,’ just like anyone else would. The moment we walked into the orphanage and held Nic for the first time, we knew all of those moments of fears didn’t matter. Nic was our son.
As the first visitors he had ever had, he cuddled into my arms with the muscle tone of a newborn baby due to the first year of his life being spent alone in the orphanage crib. He didn’t know how to make eye contact. His head shook back and forth, a habit formed as a mechanism for soothing and stimulation. He was frightened by the sound of his own giggle the first time we tickled him. But for the first time, he was shown love, and we knew he was going to learn just how loved he really was.
In January of 2017 we walked out the doors of that orphanage where he spent almost the first year of his life. Not a single person was there to say goodbye, but he arrived home to be greeted with the hugs, kisses and love of cousins, grandparents, aunts, uncles and siblings!
We celebrated his first birthday one week later. The first year of his life was spent alone in an orphanage crib, but he celebrated his first birthday surrounded by a mom, dad and six siblings! What a beautiful day!”
I have heard that adoption is hard and the wait is exhausting, but it is SO worth it. Just take a look at Nic before knowing love and after being loved for one and half years. The transformation is beautiful. He was shy, reserved and quite overwhelmed by his surroundings. Now Nic is social, active and he radiates joy and happiness. All because of LOVE! ❤️