Whatever Wednesdays

Each Wednesday we post links from the previous week that touch on special needs adoption. Our hope is that these small snapshots provide you with a glimpse of life after adopting through China’s waiting child program… both the long-term blessings and the challenges that come with parenting a child with special needs. We also hope to raise awareness about a variety of special needs.

It is hard to believe…adoptive momma (China) Sandra at The Daily Grind… on her daughter Jazzie’s last day of first grade

A Great Check-Up!!!
adoptive parents (China) Aaron and Erica at Praying for You You… on their daughter’s recent visit to the cardiologist

The reality checks you get about your special needs kidmomma to a son with cerebral palsy Ellen at To The Max… thoughts about their recent family vacation

touchy toysadoptive momma (China) mama d at zarfing sunshine… a creative way to deal with her daughter’s tactile needs during meal time

The Real Gotcha Day Postadoptive momma (China) Monica at Journey with Reese… two years together and the progress her daughter has made

CIT Completeadoptive momma (China) Cheri at Infinite Love… her daughter’s constraint-induced therapy completed for the summer!

Next Door Neighbor
foster parents (China) Jacob and Carrie at Signs of Hope… a recently abandoned eight-year-old undergoes heart surgery

On the Road Againmomma to a son with hydrocephalus Heather at The Extraordinary Ordinary... it’s okay to admit that it’s been hard

I’m gonna try to talk about it againadoptive momma (Haiti) Christine at welcome to my brain… describing recent progress with her daughter’s reactive attachment disorder (RAD)

Whatever Wednesdays

Each Wednesday we post links from the previous week that touch on special needs adoption. Our hope is that these small snapshots provide you with a glimpse of life after adopting through China’s waiting child program… both the long-term blessings and the challenges that come with parenting a child with special needs. We also hope to raise awareness about a variety of special needs.

Researching Our Options
— adoptive parents (China) the Straights at “Straight” Talk… upcoming surgery – do they choose the sphincter pharyngoplasty or the p-flap?

Eye Doctor! — adoptive momma Sharie at Mostly Amelia… a recent eye exam leads to tears, then smiles

Try This Tuesday #45, Shoe Shopping — momma to a child with autism, Trish at 5 Minutes for Special Needs… on taking her autistic son shoe shopping

Update — adoptive momma (China) Cara at Seeking Our Silas… attachment therapy and just getting through the days

New Letter From Da Xin
— adoptive momma (China) Michelle at Born In Our Hearts… sharing a letter they received from Da Xin, the older child whom they will soon adopt

"Portrait of a Family"

Click here to watch an incredibly sweet video about a family that adopted a boy from China. And not a minute too soon.

Whatever Wednesdays

Each Wednesday we post links from the previous week that touch on special needs adoption. Our hope is that these small snapshots provide you with a glimpse of life after adopting through China’s waiting child program… both the long-term blessings and the challenges that come with parenting a child with special needs. We also hope to raise awareness about a variety of special needs.

16-year-old fashion model has prosthetic arm
adoptive momma (domestic, transracial) Mary Dell at Torrefaction… photos and links to this news story

new mode of transportation adoptive momma (China) Sally at Bryson Makes 8!… a new walker and an update on his hips

Silas’ Final Medical Tests (Hopefully)adoptive momma (China) at Seeking Our Silas… great news after some medical tests

changing and adaptingmomma to a child with special needs Good Fountain… changing a sensory diet to meet her daughter’s changing sensory needs

Celebrating International Vascular Birthmark Awareness Day with a Giveawaymomma to a child with special needs Child Life at In the Life of a Child… information about vascular birthmarks and a children’s book that helps explain it

Turning a corneradoptive momma (Haiti) Christine at welcome to my brain… her daughter turns a corner with attachment struggles

Three months laterfounder of Starfish Children’s Services Amanda at the Starfish Cleft Home blog… an update on eight of the children, including Tina, the child we co-sponsor (she is adorable!)

babiesadoptive momma (China) Stefanie of Ni Hao Y’all… shares some of the children who stole her heart during a recent volunteer visit to the Chinese foster home An Orphan’s Wish

Around the Blogosphere: Special Needs Edition
Tammy and Parker at 5 Minutes for Special Needs… announcing a blog carnival that will focus on blogs pertaining to special needs, especially parenting children with special needs

1 in 12
adoptive momma (China) Beach Mama at Life’s a Beach 4 Us!… informative post with links on World Hepatitis Day

Whatever Wednesdays

Each Wednesday we post links from the previous week that touch on special needs adoption. Our hope is that these small snapshots provide you with a glimpse of life after adopting through China’s waiting child program… both the long-term blessings and the challenges that come with parenting a child with special needs. We also hope to raise awareness about a variety of special needs.

ER Visit
adoptive momma (China) Cara at Seeking Our Silas… a recent trip to the ER after *someone* removed the batteries from his BAHA (a hearing aid)

CIT Week 1
adoptive momma (China) Cheri at Infinite Love… describing the progress made after one week of constraint induced therapy

World AIDS Orphan Day
adoptive momma (Ethiopia) Jenny at Real Mama… a great informational post about the 15 million children orphaned by AIDS

She Knowsadoptive parents (China) the Straights at “Straight” Talk… a recent trip to the speech therapist reveals that Shelby knows she “looks different”

A Special (ed) Announcement adoptive momma (China) Mary Ellen at A Beautiful Mess… an informative post about state programs for early intervention

Milestones…..adoptive momma (China) Traci at Our Little Asian Sensation… a big milestone for a little boy after palate surgery

A Master of Disguiseadoptive momma (China) Lisa Milbrand at The Mamahood… a decision reached after considering their options about what to do cosmetically for microtia

day twoadoptive momma (China) Stefanie of Ni Hao, Y’all… day two of her visit to An Orphan’s Wish in China

Prakash’s Hands Before Surgeryfoster momma (India) Sarah Bess, co-founder of India Christian Ministries, at Sarah’s Covenant Homesclose-up hand photographs of a child with Apert syndrome

Whatever Wednesdays

Each Wednesday we post links from the previous week that touch on special needs adoption. Our hope is that these small snapshots provide you with a glimpse of life after adopting through China’s waiting child program… both the long-term blessings and the challenges that come with parenting a child with special needs. We also hope to raise awareness about a variety of special needs.

First Dr. Visit and a Little Update
adoptive momma (China) Wuxi Mommy at Our Wuxi Girl… first doctor’s visit in the United States for an older adoptee

Medical Trip: Beijingfoster parents (China) the Lauries at The Lauries Go to China… a medical trip with several children from their foster home, facilitated by Bethel Training Center for the Blind

New Shoes!!!! and It’s a Matter of Hips!adoptive momma (China) Sally: That Girl! at Bryson Makes 8!… updates about her son Bryson, who recently completed his final casting for club foot

You Go, Girlan adoptive momma (China) at Our Ladybug Adventure… her daughter’s progress several years after adoption

Adopting an Underweight Babyadoptive momma (Russia) Ingrid at Grown in My Heart… her experiences in adopting two children, both underweight

Constraint-Induced Therapy
adoptive momma (China ) Cheri at Infinite Love… describing constraint-induced therapy and her daughter’s most recent casting

Blogging Against Disablism Day 2009
the annual links list of those Blogging Against Disablism at Diary of a Goldfish… definitely check it out for some great resources and information

Great Things for Sensory Integration and Preschoolers
momma to a child with special needs Katrina at Roots and Wings… wonderful “games” to do with children ages three to five who struggle with sensory issues

Announcement from the CCAA

Here is an announcement from the CCAA regarding the current outbreak of swine flu, released today.

Article in TIME

Why Americans Are Adopting Fewer Chinese Kids Interesting read… I was very pleased to see the SN program mentioned as an alternative to the NSN program.

Whatever Wednesdays – a day late

Each Wednesday we post links from the previous week that touch on special needs adoption. Our hope is that these small snapshots provide you with a glimpse of life after adopting through China’s waiting child program… both the long-term blessings and the challenges that come with parenting a child with special needs. We also hope to raise awareness about a variety of special needs.

A Day in Hell and Please God, Let These Antibiotics Workadoptive momma (China) Heather at Dragons & Elephants… describing their recent medical experiences

The story to our fourth blessingadoptive momma (China) Amy at My Four Blessings… the journey to find their fourth child, an older girl living with arthrogryposis

Curious Neighbors momma to a child with autism, LauraS, at 5 Minutes for Special Needs… how life changed after she connected with her neighbors

Derrick’s Momone of my imaginary friends, The Happy Geek… a beautiful post written about the momma of a special needs child

Isaiah’s First Casting: To Greeley, CO and Back
adoptive momma (Korea, China and Uganda) Linny at A Place Called Simplicity… about her son Isaiah’s first casting for his arthrogryposis

Umm… O.Kayfoster momma (India) Sarah Bess, co-founder of India Christian Ministries, at Sarah’s Covenant Homesamusing post about those Google searches we make when researching various medical conditions

The Spectrum of Sensory Integration Disorder adoptive momma (China, Guatemala) Judy at the group adoption blog Grown in My Heart, but who regularly blogs at The International Mom’s Blog… a brief description of sensory integration dysfunction, also known as sensory processing disorder

Babies Can’t Wait adoptive parents (China) The Straights at “Straight” Talk… their daughter’s recent evaluation with their state’s Infants and Toddlers program

Fine Line Between Researching and Parentingmomma to a special needs child Carrie at 5 Minutes for Special Needs, though she regularly blogs at Little Miss Hannah… do they allow more medical tests for research purposes that might help their daughter and others? or do they put a stop to the poking and prodding?

A Special Need
momma to a special needs child Heather at The Extraordinary Ordinary… about her son’s hydrocephalus

8:45 AM Update: Monday and 2:15 PM Update: Mondayadoptive momma (China) Karin at Our Treasures From Afar… about her daughter Kate’s chest tube and medical tests

And They Are Off!!! and Standing: Before and Afteradoptive momma (China) Sally That Girl! at Bryson Makes 8!… her son’s final casts come off

Noseadoptive momma (China) Amy at Finally a Family of Five… learn something new about cleft lip/ cleft palate

New list at Small World

Small World has a new list of 19 children that need to find forever families. Visit the Small World site to learn more about them!