Hi! I am so sorry that this is late but I have been sick every afternoon and evening since I arrived back in Haiti! I think it is the way one of my cooks is cooking the food. Way to much oil and garlic is being used which is tearing up my stomach and making me very sick. Today, I did not even go downstairs and asked Vivianne to cook some things for me without using any oil. I feel better tonight. Hopefully, tomorrow I will be completely well. Vivianne will just have to cook for me for a few days until my stomach is used to being back in Haiti! :)
Of course, i get sick when I go to the States too. It just takes my stomach a little time to adjust to new foods.
I have been so busy since being home. I have gone through all of my emails, can you believe that? Of course, I did answer some while traveling. My desk is piled high! Some of the stuff was already on it when I arrived home and then I brought more with me. I just need to take time to go through it all and put it away!
I am working on adoption files and trying to get them moving through the system again. We are calling for biological families over the radio so that they can go to Parquet and then we can get the files finished in courts.
I am trying to get containers out of the customs. We have only received 2 out of 12 containers! I have decided to try and get them out faster by paying the import taxes on the containers instead of waiting for the franchise to be delivered through the Minister of Finance. People need these donations and I want to get them distributed while I have teams to help!
I am also trying to get the building of the houses started. I thought this would be done while I was gone but a plan could not be agreed upon so I am trying to get that finished now and some of the houses started in the next week or two. Nothing should be this difficult when the houses are needed so badly! I do not want to choose temporary wood houses because the people really want something more permanent.
We have so many volunteers here right now. A team of 10 from our hometown of Monticello, Illinois is here working hard. We also have 2 photographers here from Canada who are making a video for us to use for fundraising and promotion. We also have volunteers here to care for the children. It is nice having so many volunteers to help us keep the children well cared for.
But now for updates on some of the babies. Will do more tomorrow.
Clercineau arrived at GLA at 12 months old weighing under 6lbs! Now he doesn’t even look like the same baby!
Clercineau now weighs almost 13lbs! He is transitioning from Miss. Vicky’s room back to the nursery and stands for at least a half hour every day.
He still has the biggest smile of all our babies and has a wonderful personality! I am not sending him back to his parents until he’s walking on his own, which he can almost stand now, and he weighs 20 pounds.
Jerrensia had done wonderful in her time at GLA. She has gained weight steadily and is quite big now at 18lbs 4oz, some of our volunteers have taken to calling her tank because of her size!
Jerrensia is always happy and smiling and has recently moved from the NICU to the Big Nursery.
Ken has grown into such a sweet, happy little boy. He seems to have some problems with his vision but that doesn’t stop him from interacting well with his caregivers and giving them big, open mouth grins. Ken weighs 13lbs 6oz.
(We think Ken is blind but we are unable to tell if he is completely blind or just partially blind. We think maybe he can see shadows. )
Kerline is one of the most social babies in our NICU. If she catches you so much as looking at her from across the room she will break into a huge grin and when she hears her name she laughs and giggles. Kerline loves to be cuddled and held and is so sweet. Kerline has changed a lot from the withdrawn baby that was brought to us. Kerline now weighs 10lbs 10oz.
Kerline’s mother has put her two year old sister into an orphanage. I was told this when I arrived home. I do not know why she did not bring her sister here so that they could be together. The mother has not visited since I arrived home. Kerline is doing well but mother says that she cannot afford to take care of the children and we are not going to give Kerline back to her father since his “new” wife abused Kerline. So pray for Kerline and her mother’s situation.
Miloudrine is coming out of her shell. Slowly she is learning to trust the people around her and play more and more.
Miloudrine loves to come downstairs in the evenings and play with some of the other big kids. She also loves eating huge amounts of popcorn! Miloudrine weighs almost 26lbs!
Peterson continues to struggle with his health. He has several days of feeling well followed by fevers and coughs. Peterson is no longer on the NG tube but is still gaining weight fairly well by being fed with a modified “scoop” bottle. Peterson is a serious baby who watched everything that goes on around him.
He has been known to smile and even laugh a bit but he doesn’t give them away easily. Peterson is doing well but he has a long way to go before he will be ready to return home with his Mama.
(Mama is living here with Peterson. If you remember she is very young and her mother was pregnant when Peterson came to us. We have since found out that they gave Peterson an appetite stimulant with adult dosage and the pediatrician thinks that this might be why he is sick.
Junes came to GLA weighing only 3lbs 4oz and is now almost 7lbs! He is very intent on proving that he is “big” too. He always wants to be where he can see everyone and everything that is going on around him.
Junes loves to be held and has a very strong will for such a little baby. When I went to take the video of Junes the nannies all told me that if I woke him up it would be my job to get him back to sleep ;)
I have a couple of other babies to update you and will do that tomorrow since Rhyan did not put their photos on my memory stick when she prepared the photos for me yesterday. I will try to do them tomorrow morning.
Posted on Thu, June 17, 2010
by Dixie Bickel