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.

A Different Seizureadoptive momma Cheri (China) at Infinite Love… about her daughter’s recent, probable Atypical Absence Seizure

i’m glad i didn’t know
adoptive momma (China) Julia at say you will love me forever… so grateful that she didn’t know what she was signing up for!

Gao Meimomma waiting on TA (China) Kris at Tell Her This… the story of how she came to find her future daughter

Bringing Home a Child with Special Needs
an article written by contributing writer Lisa Belkin and new adoptive momma (China) Jenny Staff Johnson in Motherlode section of the New York Times Magazine

What to do?waiting to adopt (China) Jennifer at My Three Sons… and a Little China Girl… thoughts (and a request for advice) while filling out the special needs checklist

Why I Haven’t Been Bloggingadoptive momma (India and Guatemala) Leslie at Recovering Noah… Discovering Me… about the alienation she feels while dealing with attachment issues and autism

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.

Plan B and Testing, Phase I adoptive momma (China) Wuxi Mommy at Our Wuxi Girl… evaluating another option for SuSu’s medical treatment

Show Hope Press ReleaseStacie Vining, president and owner of Vining Media Relations, at Mary Beth Chapman’s blog… the press release for Maria’s Big House of Hope, created in honor of little Maria Chapman

Another Convincing Opinionadoptive momma (China) Sally at Bryson Makes 8!… another doctor, another opinion

Cuddling an older child! adoptive momma (China) Jean at There’s no place like home… a wonderful list of ideas for attachment activities geared for an older child

If it’s not one thing, it’s another
adoptive momma (China) MississippiZen… a catheter accident leads to a trip to the emergency room

My Learning Curve: Humilityadoptive momma (Ethiopia) Thankfulmom at A Bushel and a Peck… a heartfelt letter of advice to families who wish to (or already have) adopted an older child

Just Try It! It Won’t Kill You!momma to a child with Asperger’s Syndrome Shash at 5 Minutes for Special Needs, though she regularly blogs at Diary of a Crazed Mommy… a description of and the rules for the tasting plate, a method they use to improve feeding issues and oral defensiveness

Charlie’s New Arm: Test Fittingadoptive momma (domestic, transracial Asian-American) Mary Dell at Torrefaction… video of Charlie testing out his prosthetic arm for the first time

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.

Therapy Thursday: Listening Activitiesadoptive momma (Korea) and speech pathologist CC at If Only I Had Super Powers… great links to listening games that promote language acquisition when learning a foreign (or new!) language

Changeadoptive parents (China) the Straights at Straight Talk… how her daughter’s early life experiences shape how she deals with changes now

A Bill of Rights for Parents of Children with Special Needsmomma to a child with cerebral palsy Ellen, who regularly blogs at To The Max, at 5 Minutes for Special Needs… a poignant and funny list of rights

Surgery Day: June 16th and Day 1 and 2adoptive momma (China) Tina at Faith, Hope and Love… their son Reed’s cleft lip surgery and first days of recovery

Maylee Updateadoptive momma (China) Rebecca at Living in a Rainbow World… planning for an unanticipated detether surgery (spina bifida)

More Hurdles to Jump
adoptive momma (China) Sally at Bryson Makes 8!… more castings and information about Bryson’s upcoming hip surgery

What Kind of Momadoptive momma (domestic) Dorothy at Urban Servant… a powerful post that is a must read for those moms struggling through tough times

We’ve Got Our Girl!!!adoptive momma (Russia and China) Michelle at Born in Our Hearts… the adoption day of an older child

The Binderadoptive momma (China) Cheri at Infinite Love… a helpful description and purpose of a medical binder

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.

Hepatitis B and International Adoption
adoptive momma (Russia) Ingrid at the group adoption blog Grown In My Heart… questions to ask and living with Hepatitis B

16 Already??? & Raegan Day 4 and Post-Op Day Five: Pain and Playadoptive momma (China) Margie at MississippiZen… about the special need cloaca and the importance of being able to roll with the punches when one adopts a child with special needs; plus a progress report and remarks about pain tolerance

Swimsuits and Staresadoptive momma (China) Robin at Tea For Two… requesting advice on dealing with stares and comments in regard to her daughter’s limb difference

Banishing Worry and Guiltadoptive momma (domestic) Deborah, who regularly blogs at Pipecleaner Dreams, at 5 Minutes for Special Needs… after years of worry, finding peace and reassurance that her birth son was NOT negatively effected by her choice to adopt three children, all of whom have significant special needs

Oral dyspraxiamomma to preemie twins Tertia at So Close… conversations with her husband and her son’s occupational therapist about his oral dyspraxia

Feeling Frustrated
adoptive momma (China) Wuxi Mommy at Our Wuxi Girl… insurance issues once home

I’m having a better week now… — adoptive momma (China) Milinda at The Adventures of Maggie and Ella… a mom investigates the world of sensory issues

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.

Omega 3 6 9
adoptive momma (China) Cheri at Infinite Love… her family’s recent success using omegas to improve her daughter’s speech and stabilize her moods

Sleeping Beauty
an adoptive momma (China) at MississippiZen… a photo after her daughter Raegan’s successful surgery

“The 30″ List
adoptive momma (China) Lisa Milbrand at The Mamahood… the 30 agencies that are reported to be included in the new online WC system

Who Wants to Learn About Shunts?momma Heather at The Extraordinary Ordinary… a detailed description of a shunt, with photos of her little boy Asher, who has hydrocephalus

A Pile of Puppies & Art
adoptive momma (China) Wendy at Adoption & Fire… tactile defensiveness and art

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