Jadon is two years old. However, in many ways, he is much younger. Babies with cardiac defects are delayed in development, due to low oxygen available to their bodies - so all milestones are usually met later: crawling, walking, talking, growth etc... Babies in orphanages are also delayed, oftentimes significantly. Studies have shown that a child raised in an orphanage loses 1 month's growth (height) for every 3 months in an orphanage. Developmental delays, while much more difficult to measure, follow much the same trajectory. This means that due to being in an orphanage, 26 month-old Jadon is developmentally around 18 months old. However, due to his significant heart problems, he is even less than that! His eating and sleep patterns are those of a child somewhere between 6 months to 1 year.
In behaviour and speech, Jadon appears to be slightly older than one. He is tiny, his neck is somewhat wobbly, he is still unsteady as he stands and he can only say a few words. However, it is amazing to see how much he has progressed in the few days he has been with us. He is babbling on and on already. He is starting to choose walking over crawling to move from one place to the next. He is showing increased muscle tone and is absolutely curious and wondering and observing the world around him. He is definitely learning so much so quickly!
|Jadon is almost always grinning, which means he is almost always up to some mischief!|
So, for lunch we went to a restaurant called Wrap and Roll. You can order either pre-wrapped rolls (like spring rolls, sushi type rolls, etc...) or wrap-your own. Here is a sampling of our lunch.
|Wrap your own pork, vegetables and vermicelli noodle|
|Pre-wrapped Saigon Platter|
|Once again enjoying the pool - the four males in the family!|
|Pizza and Quesadillas from the poolside restaurant|
The kids are absolutely loving having a new younger brother. For the most part things are going pretty well. Li Lin really likes Jadon but she was coughing some today so we asked her to keep her distance from Jadon to minimize the chance of him catching any bug she might have. That made her sense more keenly her lost place as the 'baby' of the family and her behaviour showed it today. Sara had a good heart to heart with her at nap time and that seemed to help. Rykauna in particular is also working hard on maintaining her sister-sister bond with Li Lin and even let Li Lin hop into bed to sleep tonight! We have great kids! Here are a few group 'selfies'. Jadon seems to know when to smile for the cell-phone cameras!
|Seflie edited by Rykauna|
|Kids having fun|
|Hudson and Jadon wearing matching shirts!|