"We are all handmade people created by a God who is not safe or small." Rend Collective Experiment

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Update On Wee Babe~

Wee Baby Boy has been with us for 3 months today!!!

He is so incredibly sweet and fun! He is becoming quite the busy little boy! He can now sit up on his own, he crawls, pulls up, and climbs! He babbles and is a happy boy.

He is attaching SO well and definitely knows who his Mama is :o). The week we spent in Addis was such a blessing and a great jumpstart on the bonding process. I know many are getting ready to travel and leave their little ones at home to go to Ethiopia and it is so hard but it is so worth it. Meeting our Wee Babe in Addis and seeing how his caregivers interacted with him was incredibly helpful. Remember this as you get ready to go Pookebear (Jen) and Mary Poppins! It will be o.k.!!

Wee Babe has now had all of his Dr. appts~ due to his prematurity~ and some minor issues. Bless his heart he does not like Dr.'s and he had to see a ton! He has checked out healthy save for not being able to see. Thankfully, very strong glasses are all he needs. He has had them since Saturday and amazingly he leaves them on. They have helped him SO much! He is much more interested in everything including EATING which is HUGE. He LOVES, LOVES, LOVES his bottle but has resisted solids.

It was so awesome to be able to witness him seeing himself in the mirror for the first time. He face lights up when looking in our faces. It's a whole new world for our little guy!

We are so humbled and thankful for this little blessing. God is so good and He does amazing work when He knits these little ones together!


Shana said...

He is such a sweet little boy! And those glasses look really cute on him!

Alison said...

Hi Renee,
I have followed your blog for a couple months and love your sweet nature that shines through all your writing. Your children are delightful--those glasses are the cutest things ever! How lucky they are to have you for their mama.

Thankfulmom said...

Your little guy is just adorable and his glasses are too cute! It takes so much faith to walk this road, but your blog reminds me of the sweet rewards. Blessings on your family.

MP2 said...

Yes, your trip has been one of my inspirations!

The Barr Family said...

I love the photos...I will pray he starts the solids soon...we know he needs to get to that at some point - so that is what i will pay for - he is beautiful- all of your kids are!

darci said...

I have just discovered your blog off of the SL forum..it is so exciting for me to read as we are in the middle of prayer re. our own hopeful adoption of some little ones from Ethiopia..the land of my husband's birth. Your family is beautiful and it has been wonderful to read and be encouraged so much in this journey of motherhood. God bless you and all of yours..
ps GREAT glasses!!

shells said...

he looks adorable! that is great he likes wearing them! my boys were premiees and it is amazing how resiliant kids are.

5KidMom said...

Oh Renee,

Wee Babe has always been one of my favorites, but those glasses are just the icing on the cake!! So glad to hear he is enjoying his new "sighted" world!

Sophie said...

oh, sweet little baby john! Merrily just emailed me today, asking about some ideas for keeping itty-bitty guys at wanna...and your little one started it all! what a blessing he is....and the glasses! absolutely precious!

Marian said...

Oh, thank you for sharing those pictures! It is such a blessing to see him growing and thriving. And he could not be more precious-looking than in those glasses!

Anonymous said...

I cannot believe how much Baby John has grown! I am so happy to see him smiling and healthy. The glasses are adorable...I will check out the blog more often. You are doing wonderful things.
Tiffany Budke-the Nurse who took care of him in Ethiopia when he was an itty bitty 2 pounds.

Anonymous said...

I am also amazed at how wonderful Baby Jon looks. He is absolutely gorgeous. I feel so blessed to be a part of his life and I'm so thankful that God put him into such a great family.
Kjelsi Tootell- the other nurse in Ethiopis

Ruth said...

What a darling...I love the glasses on him!!

richlisad said...

Song is our 9 year old home from China in January, who we expected to be completely blind. He has some vision through his left eye, and with the glasses he got in March he suddenly could see some detail. The same "new world" for him - he went around counting everything. Bless the Wee Babe and his family.


Susy Q said...

Oh my goodness what a cutie!! My family is currently waiting for the referral of an infant from Ethiopia (my blog is http://bigsisdiaries.blogspot.com) I hope that my little brother/sister turns out to be as well-adjusted (and adorable!) as your little one.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I've been reading your blog for several months and enjoy your family so much. I was curious about how you plan out bedrooms. I assume your kids must share rooms? This is a consideration when we think about having more children. (We have six now.)

Beckie said...

Hi Renee, I can't tell you how much joy it gives me to read your blog. Noah is a sweetie pie and my, oh my, he looks HAPPY!!! It's such a miracle! I remember those first photos of him in Ethiopia. It's be an honor to know you and your incredible family. What a testimony of God's faithfulness! Love you dear friend, Beckie

Sandra said...

Hi Renee,
I have been enjoying your blog and pictures. I am adopting a sibling group from Ethiopia, and the oldest (or both children) may have been at Sele Enat when you visited. The oldest is a 13 yr old boy, and he has a 4 yr old sister. Any chance you may have met or photographed my children?
Please e-mail me. Sandra

darci said...

Hi! I am so excited. I have just been cruising thru the sonlight forum looking up 'adoption' and saw your post of bringing your wee baby boy home! what a thrill. i have so loved to read your post as we are just starting the process of adopting from ethiopia, and now to see you are a sonlight mom is so fun! :) just to let you know what a BLESSING you have been to me and to my family as we have read. thanks! darci

PastorMac's Ann said...


Look at that smile! Your little guy is such a cutie. I just can't get over the pictures of him now when I think back to the picture of him as a tiny tiny little baby.

Thought you might like to read part 2 of our adoption adventure. It's a little shorter than the first but it's posted.



PS: It's interesting what you said in your comment about how our stories are similiar as far as considering China and then Sierra Leone and then finally being led to Ethiopia - Last winter when I was worrying over whether to add more kids to our family, I came across your blog and when I saw your five children (we also have 5) and then read that you had adopted two little guys from Ethiopia - God really used you to give me courage and to firm my conviction that it could be done and that we should do it!

Praying for you upcoming Christmas gift. ;-)

Anonymous said...

Hi Renee,

I have been following your blog for awhile. You have such a lovely family. God is certainly using you in the lives of these dc. I hope all is well with the little one you are carrying. (I am due with no. 5 in Jan :-)

Noelle (from long ago on the SL board)

Raskell Party of 8 said...

You babes are beautiful and truly a gift from God. Being a mother is the best thing in the world. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, fears, loves, and life. In His Glory, Sandra

Shana said...

Renee - praying for you and your family. I hope all is well.


dkt said...

Miss hearing from you--your updates have been encouraging both in the adoption realm and spiritually. Hope all is well with your beautiful family.

(mother of three biological children and two on the way from Liberia)

Solomon & Malachi said...

Y'alL OK over there? Haven't heard from you in a while...

Ruth said...

Checking in to see how things are going...we continue to pray for your family.

gina said...

Hi There,

I hope all is well with you and your lovely family. Please update us when you have the opportunity.


Anonymous said...

Dear Renee

I went to Sele Enat in march, 2006. I think I have a photo from Wee Babe in his orphanat.

Where can I send it to you?

I am very glad to know that the baby is completely fine now and is found a family.

You can write to me to blanca@gmx.li



fosterheartsathome said...

I feel like I have known you all of my life..we both have the same passion for orphans...we are foster parents and have adopted one and hopefully another(waiting on the court)soon. We have two bio boys and are looking for a larger home...need to widen the tent pegs!
Your family is beautiful and many blessings to you. God's love is amazing, especially his love for his little ones!
check me out at
many blessings,

Tracy said...

Does anyone know why Renee hasn't posted in so long??? Just wondering......miss reading her posts.