Friday, August 15, 2008
Our new blog is located at http://www.lwbblog.com/ You will need to RE-REGISTER if you wish to have LWB news arrive directly into your inbox each day. Simply enter your email address into the right hand box and then confirm your subscription. It is that easy! Then every day any updates on our programs and children will simply arrive via email. We have combined all of our blogs into one, so one subscription will give you all of our news. Our new blog gives you the ability to search for stories by program area, and it also will highlight our cleft healing home.
Thanks for taking the step to register! We have also placed a banner on our page that says "LWB BLOG" that you are more than welcome to copy and post on your own blog and website to get even more people interested in helping children in China. We will soon have one for our main website as well.
Thanks everyone! Happy reading! http://www.lwbblog.com
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Jack is getting stronger, and heavier each week--which is a great thing! But it seems that he's only putting on weight horizontally, as he hasn't gotten any taller! He "takes much nutrition, but it only builds him up horizontally, not vertically!"
Jack showing us just how WIDE he has gotten!
He is apparently shorter than many of the younger babies, and the nannies say that "He will be a good weight-lifting player when he grows up"
Practicing barbells in his sleep?
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Thank you to everyone who have remembered these children in your thoughts. As you can see, Tyler is swimming in his clothing. We put the word out that we could use some tiny premie clothing for him and you overwhelmed us with your generosity. Thank you!
Look at those big feet. I predict he will be the next Yao Ming basketball star some day.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Little Dawn doesn't know quite what to expect...
...but she quickly decides she doesn't like this one bit!
We know children are never happy to receive their shots, but we also know that this little bit of discomfort now will be very valuable to their health later! (We also know, thankfully, that babies have very short memories!)
Millie, a one-month-old baby girl, loves being around people, whether she's awake or asleep. Her nannies say that she can sense when they enter or leave the room, and she does not like it when they leave! Even if she's soundly asleep, if they try to leave the room for a few minutes, she immediately starts crying for her "mum."
If you look carefully at the above pictures, you may recognize the living room rug. Because she likes being around people (and noise!) so much, the nannies often let her nap in the living room, instead of her bed, where she may become lonely!
When she's awake, the presence of other babies or adults around her lulls her to sleep! The nannies say that she just has a sense of comfort when surrounded by others and is afraid of being by herself. Luckily, at the cleft home, there are usually plenty of babies and adults around to keep her company.
As long as I'm with people, I'm a happy baby!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Please join me in welcoming the newest members of the cleft home family--Hunter and Lance, newborn baby boys!
Hunter sleeping soundly in his new home
Lance doesn't seem so sure about this...
...but after seeking comfort in his fingers,
he looks a little happier!
Matthew is about two months old,
which makes him the youngest of the three...
But we are happy to say that he is one alert little baby!
Louis is almost six months old...and greatly enjoys sucking his thumb!
(That will be a hard habit to break when it's time for surgery!)
We thank you for your continued support, which enables us to provide babies like Tyler, Matthew, and Louis with the specialized, individualized, care they need to survive. Please keep these babies, especially Tyler, in your thoughts and prayers.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Jenna left this week for foster care in her home province. Like always, her departure brings a mix of emotions. Together with her nannies, we are sad to see her leave the home, as we have greatly enjoyed getting to "know" her these past few months...but we are very excited that she is healthy enough to enter foster care!
"I'm not so sure about this..."
We know that her new foster family will take wonderful care of her, and trust that she will continue to grow and thrive in her new environment. We know how important a family environment is for a child's growth and development, and are very happy that Jenna can now experience this as well. (Many thanks to all of our supporters whose sponsorship of the LWB foster care program make these family-like experiences possible!).
Jenna is actually joining the same family as Shannon (who left the home a few weeks ago)...so we hope this familiar face will make her transition even smoother!
Goodbye, Jenna! We'll miss you!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
For example, Nick's life philosophy is to cry. You remember the post a while back, showing mouth open so wide you could see his tonsils? Well, he still likes to cry...but we're happy to report that he seems to be settling down a little bit. He has replaced some of his screaming with babbling, and that's a welcome change. He's not smiling in these pictures, but at least he's not crying!
Jack's life philosophy is eating...and that's one about which we are very happy! As long as the nannies strictly adhere to his eating schedule (every two hours!) he's a happy camper...but if his bottle is late, he let's everyone know about it!
Jack...taking a rare break from eating!
Dawn's life philosophy is smiling! And boy, do we have the pictures to prove it!
Regardless of what their philosophy is, we are so pleased that each of our children has the opportunity to be unique in his or her own way, and so grateful that our nannies take the time to get to know each of them. It's such a gift to share in the development of each of these babies, as they continue to establish who they are. And we can't wait to see who they will be in the years to come!
Kyle and Becca still reside at the cleft home while we search for some more foster families. While they were never tiny by any means, they still have grown so much! Both physically and developmentally.
Even though neither could support their head when they first arrived, they are now both standing (though Kyle's a bit wobbly), and Becca seems to be helping Simba (the house manager's son) with his homework already ready!
Thank you for your continued support, which enables us to provide these children the physical, medical, emotional, and developmental support and care they deserve.
Priceless picutres of Kyle learning to recieve...and give...kisses
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
now has some chipmunk cheeks!
There she is, bright-eyed, and beautiful, ready for a grand adventure...
...or maybe a nap
Friday, July 4, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
[The Chinese name of one of our little girls means flower] "So every time I see her, I feel that I am in a garden of early summer. Here we have fresh air, comfortable temperature. The little twigs are growing into branches, and are budding. They’re enjoying the nurturing of summer sun and rain. Dawn is just like a beautiful flower in this garden. She grows quietly. Only two months, we can see and feel her various emotions, happy, blue.."
Pretty beautiful (and happy!) flower, wouldn't you agree?
Many thanks for your support, which helps us help our "twigs" grow into
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Alex with his family and a few babies!
For his Eagle Scout project, Alex went door-to-door raising money to buy cleft bottles. He raised enough money to buy 17 cases of bottles, and brought five of these boxes to the cleft home!
Look at all those wonderful supplies! Five cases of bottles,
and 30 bottles of vitamins (Thanks to Tanner!)
Alex also brought over vitamins that were collected by another Eagle Scout, Tanner. He brought enough vitamins to last the cleft home for the entire year. We are very thankful for Tanner's hard work and generous donation, and know that these vitamins will be very important for our babies in the year to come
Alex smiles with satisfaction--as he should!
The babies (and LWB) say THANK YOU!
Friday, June 27, 2008
Becca with Paddy's daughter
"Hello, and Good-bye!"
Looks like she's ready to walk on off the couch!
Here comes trouble!
It's amazing to look back on how far she has come in just four months. When she first arrived at the home, she could barely hold up her head. It has been a joy to watch her grow stronger, learn to sit up, and then learn to stand!
We are so thankful for the generosity of all of our sponsors whose donations help make these milestones happen. We look forward to the day when all children will know the love and support of a forever family, but until that day comes, we are so grateful for your support which enables us to provide these children with the care and attention they so desperately need, and deserve.