Mina is a precious little girl recently rescued from an orphanage in Eastern Europe who is now finally home with her forever family! She had been without a mother or father to love her & care for her each day. No one to rock her, kiss her gently or tell her she's loved. She is blessed with an extra chromosome known as Down syndrome, which for her that meant a life of being viewed as worthless in the country she was born into & a life without hope. Because of this her parents gave her up at the age of 6 months when they found out the diagnosis & from there her life progressivly went down hill. We are the Gower family residing in OKC who recently adopted this little angel. She was extremely malnourished and unable to do just about anything when we first met her. She will be 2 in January & is the size of a 3-6 month old weighing 14lbs. She continues to amaze us at how quickly she is progressing with love and nutrition. She has learned to sit up, roll over, feed herself finger foods, hold her own bottle and loves to interact with toys and other children. Her life has changed so much in such a short period of time and will forever be changed! Thank you Lord for putting a burden on our hearts to rescue this little blessing and making her apart of our family!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Morning visit, supermarket & chocolate!!

We went to the supermarket today after our morning visit because Marina called me and said that the orphanage nurse called her and told her that we need to bring Mina diapers. So they said we could either buy a bag to bring for her or bring 2 diapers a day. So that tells me her diaper gets changed twice a day. Probably why our girl is always so dehydrated and downs the bottle and wants it right away when we pick her up. She had this blue stuff all over her bottom and upper legs today. I am assuming its what they use for diaper rash cream. She has a terrible terrible rash. Can't wait to use some of our diaper rash cream and change her diaper more often to make that go away. No wonder she doesn't want to sit up. Ouch! Find it kind of funny that they need us to bring her diapers and that they can't provide them for her anymore... oh well we'll go buy some.

Aww.... getting off topic. So we went to the supermarket today to pick up diapers, a few groceries, more bottled water and some chocolates. We bought a big box of chocolates to take the caregivers this afternoon and some champagne we will take them probably the day we take Mina out of the orphanage. There are 5 caregivers in her group and 5 nurses.

The chocolate here is AMAZING!!! I haven't tried a single one yet that wasn't absolutely wonderful! I seriously want to buy a lifetime supply of chocolate while we are here. Family don't worry we will be bringing back lots for everyone to try :)

So when we brought Mina back to her room today Rostik talked to one of the caregivers for us to find out how many are in Mina's groupa so that we can buy them gifts to take. While she was talking to Rostik the same little boy came up to the door. I knelt down and he just reached out and grabbed ahold of both my hands. He just stood there looking at me holding my hands for a minute before they came and pushed him out of the way. He is soooo precious!! Poor boy! I want to find him a family so badly! He is so sweet and precious! Anyone back home thinking about adopting~ I've picked out the perfect little boy for you :) I also saw Toby today (little boy listed on RR who is waiting for a family to adopt him) He has DS and he is absolutely adorable. He was sitting in the little walker. I figured Mina pretty much spends a lot of her time laying down because you can tell from her inability to sit up and her bald back of her head so as soon as we brought her in the room sure enough they took her and laid her directly down in the playpen. I really wish they sold bumbos here. That would help so many kids learn to sit up and I would buy several of them to take to the orphanage. We went to a baby shop the other day to see if we could find anything like that and no luck. All there baby stuff here is sooo expensive. Way more expensive than back home. Rostik was saying it's because if you have a baby they just expect you to have enough money. Strollers where around $250. Ride on toys that are around $30 back home where $70 and a little floor playmate that back home sells around $35 was $75. So for them this stuff is extremely expensive because they make so much less than we do. Rostik said an average income for a good worker is around $200-$250 a month. That's why they are all so skinny and don't eat very often. Most Americans spend the amount they make a month on groceries alone if not more.

Sorry I know I am jumping all over the place.

We are still not sure on our Court date yet. It is still supposed to be tomorrow or Wednesday but Marina says she doesn't know for sure yet so we are still waiting to hear. It kinda stinks because regardless the 10 day wait will be up over a weekend which means we will have to wait 3-4 days extra to get her birth certificate because the office is closed on Monday. So either day the court date is set it won't make a bit of difference on speeding up the process to get us back to Kiev to finish up everything.

On the way to the orphanage this morning

Love the many facial expressions

Hope she doesn't enjoy this new found freedom of no seat belts too much because that freedom will be taken away from her very soon once we're back to the US and oh how thankful I will be for that freedom to be over with. Then she'll have to stay in her seat and we won't have to tell her 50 times :)

YouTube Video

Play time!

She loves this vibrating toy. She always wants it in her mouth on her gums. We brought her 2 different vibrating teethers but she can't apply enough pressure to get either one of them to work yet.

We couldn't get Myla to join us in the pic... she was to busy playing on the slide.

That is Mina's foot in her mouth. She is quite flexible. LOL

So a couple more things about Mina. She always watches Myla everytime she eats and wants to eat what she has so badly. She will reach and squirm every way she can to try to get to it but of course we can't let her have any because we would get in trouble. I keep telling her soon very soon we will feed her some yummy food. She always seems so hungry. Mina is also getting more and more spoiled each visit she want's daddy more than mommy and she hates it when you go from standing to sitting down. The ergo baby carrier will really be wonderful once she is out of the orphanage. I'm not sure if it would be okay to use that there because other families have been told that the baby carriers hurt the babies and they don't want you to use them. So we haven't tried it.

Ok I think that's all I can think of now. Sorry this post is so jumbled and jumping all over the place :) Thank you all for your continued sweet comments! We are glad you are enjoying the pics and videos! Tell you more soon!


Julia said...

Jumping is fine.... I enjoy reading every word!! Thanks for posting. I hope your court is smooth sailing! So far you seem to be progressing well. Praying as always...

Sarah said...

Your posts bring back so many familiar memories! We had to buy diapers too and thought the same thing...they probably ask because they know we will do it and it will save them money. Zoya only used 2 diapers a day too and she was always dry as a bone, she only had like 4 ounces to drink with lunch. Also thinking about how you say Mina is so tired...Zoya was the same way...she is just now (3 months being home) starting to sleep less--a normal amount. But their little bodies are so malnurished with poor quality food they just have no energy. I really can't wait to see how Mina blossoms when home with her family!! She is coming alive from one post to the next!!

Melissa said...

I noticed that Mina has what looks like blood in her nose in a few pics. Is everything ok?

It's so sweet that Mina is all about Jim.

Jamie said...

You can't feed her! Oh that is just horrible! Praying for lots of yummy stuff in Mina and all the other orphan's future!