From the last few weeks, some good stuff we've read that relates to adoption and/or parenting a special needs child.
As always, if you are a traveling family, or have posted something, or read something, that you'd like to share here on No Hands But Ours, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the blog world:
Please keep the Wife of the Prez and her new daughter, Sallie, in your thoughts and prayers. At last, Sallie is in their arms, but she is having a hard time and grieving terribly, which is made worse by her very complex heart condition.
Our very own Tonggu Momma shares about her therapy equipment (aka toys!) for children - like her daughter, Squirt - with gross motor delays.
Yvette, who blogs at Bringing Home Holland, has a biological child with dwarfism and an adopted child with dwarfism. And she shares her heart on adopting a child with dwarfism.
La Dolce Vida shares how she created very special lifebooks that tell the adoption story of her daughters.
Mary Beth, at Letters to Maggie, shares about her daughter Maggie's time in a spica cast and now how she is learning to walk since having the cast removed.
Danielle at Westhaven Kids takes a very honest look back at her son's gotcha day, and shudders at the thought of what it would have been like if she had been totally unprepared.
Jen, at Love Laugh Learn and Grow, takes a look back at her son Johnathan's adoption, who has now been home 100 days.
Kelley from Gazing Upward shares her thoughts on being honest on a public blog and answers a question she often hears regarding adopting an older child.
And our newest NHBO contributor, Nancy from Ordinary Miracles and the Crazy 9, takes a look back at her daughter's attachment journey, and recognizes that, for children like her Tess, it's a marathon, not a sprint.
From the news:
From the Courier-Journal, Babies Read Our Lips More That We Thought. A fascinating read about how and when babies read lips, and then, at a year, move back to focusing on our eyes. But, if confronted with a foreign language,
they go back to lip reading. Adoptive parents would be wise to read
this and consider it when communicating with their newly adopted
And lastly, if you're like all of us around here, you'll want to take a
few moments (or hours!) and travel vicariously with these families
currently in China to bring home their kids.