Happy Gotcha Day

It’s hard to believe that it has been one year since we met Radu and Ezra at JFK. Radu, our agency director, escorted Ezra from Ethiopia. We met on a sunny day at the international pickup area of JFK. Radu was wearing Ezra in a Baby Bjorn and he was much tinier than I imagined. He was very watchful and seemed to not be alarmed by all of the strangers (soon to be family) that kept holding him.

At nine months old, Ezra was unable to hold any weight at all on his legs while I held him. He couldn’t sit up and he had no strength in his back or legs. He was very small and the back of his head was very flat from lying on his back so much. Frankly, and I still believe this, Ezra seemed to be much younger than nine months. We fed him some baby cereal and it seemed to me that this was his first time eating from a spoon. I have seen (via blogland) many babies that have come home at the same age since then and they are all stronger, bigger and healthier than Ezra was.

Ezra has continued to develop late in most areas. That is what we expected and I’m not too worried. He still doesn’t say much in real language – but he’s a great babbler. Some other things we’ve learned about him is that he has an extremely high pain tolerance – normal for babies with his background. He has a strong temper as well. However, his tantrums do not seem to go on and on like other children with RAD. I wonder how much of his behavior is attributed to RAD and how much is just plain toddler behavior.

Ezra is happy with almost everyone and has the greatest smile in the world! (We did the official ‘greatest smile’ test and it’s confirmed) He is running, jumping, and thankfully, not climbing. His sister and brother love him and overall we have all adjusted pretty well. He is a real blessing from God and even on the hard days with him, I wouldn’t change anything. We know that God has a plan for each of our children and is sanctifying all of us every day!

Here is a video from this morning. You’ll see that Ezra has tons of strength in his legs now!

And for more about parenting…here is a link (bottom of paragraph) to a sermon by Russell Moore that we’ve enjoyed recently. It’s about disciplining children. I was convicted when he says regarding ‘over-discipline’ that we shouldn’t discipline for things that annoy us! And that good discipline or over/under discipline is teaching our children and others things about God and the Gospel. This is from the man who also believes (if I understood him correctly in a different sermon) that teens don’t need cell-phones (*gasp*) and has an answer to parents who say ‘but it’s for their safety’. Check him out sometime!

Russell Moore Links…

If you’re interested in reading more about our adoption, click on the adoption tab at the bottom of this post.
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