I caught Kaden giving his brother a kiss on the forehead and singing him songs this morning...Isaac loves the other kids!
There is no explaining in words or pictures how precious little Isaac is. Before we met him, we had lots of information and photos of him...but, nothing could have prepared us for the preciousness of this little guy. His huge brown eyes and sweet, sweet smile are radiating. His thick brown eyelashes and hair are gorgeous. He reflects light and joy. I was preparing myself for the unlikely event that we would just sort of fall in love with him at first sight....like the kind of love that develops and grows over time. That kind of experience hadn't been ours for a quite awhile, so I figured that I should be prepared for the possibility. I just wasn't expecting the connection that we found from the day we met him.
He has somewhat of a rough start here at home. He has lots of gagging and coughing that made him miserable. He has had a tough time sleeping...we are a bit tired! Yesterday, we were able to have a G-J tube placed so that his feedings would enter his intestines rather than his very sensitive stomach. It seems to be working very well. He has not had any wretching since the tube was placed. We are trying to follow all that advice we learned from his foster mom (who has taken care of 124 foster babies!) while also incorporating what we know about kids with special needs that we have cared for over the years.
When Isaac's tummy is not bothering him, he is content and happy. The other kids are really enjoying him but get really worried when he cries. We haven't heard a baby cry around here for awhile and they are not used to it. Kaden worries a lot about Isaac and is so gentle with him. They have a very special bond already. Isaac listens for Kaden's voice and smiles big when he hears it.
Isaac is able to track voices really well. He turns his head to voices and can often track visually. He is very high tone but it varies from day to day. He loves his range of motion exercises and loves to listen to music. In some ways, he is like an 18 pound newborn. He is absolutely breathtaking to his parents...
His name is so perfect for him...the name Isaac implies laughter. I think God has given us a bit to laugh about. We were told this baby was Caucasian and African American. That is always been where our heart is and God has always lead us to African American children...and we have welcomed that leading. Our little "African American/Caucasian baby" is most likely our little Hispanic or Native American baby. He sure has the look of a baby of that decent...but we will never know for sure and that is okay with us. Again, God reminds us that He is the one in control of all things and He can direct our path in unexpected ways.