Therapy, Endoscopy, Birthday, Life

We are home from a productive trip. First, I have to thank my big guys who held down the fort and made a great effort to have the house clean when we got home. I know what a challenging task that is.

The trip over was easy with no snow on Snoqualmie Pass, which made it quick and less stressful. Monday brought good therapy appointments for both Dimples and Eby. I have some thoughts to share and hope to get them out of my head and on my blog soon.

I want to mention an upcoming event that those of you in the Northwest may find helpful.

Raising Resilient Rascals Takes Flight

This two day conference for adoptive and foster families will be fantastic. Deborah Gray, Julia Beldsoe MD and Julian Davies MD from the UW Center for Adoption Medicine, as well as other professionals and parents will be giving talks. Based solely on what I know about Deborah Gray and Dr. Bledsoe, I am sure this conference will be very helpful. I’ll also put this information in a separate post so it will be easy to find if you need to locate it later.

Eby’s Sensory appointment was not at all what we expected, but it was still good. I have a list of books to read and lots of ideas to implement which I will also get to in another post.

Monday night we celebrated my Mom’s 70th birthday. My parents, my sisters and their husbands, along with Russ and I went to a fun Asian restaurant and then returned to Laura’s for cake with a handful of grandkids. I only had two of mine, which seriously lowered the excitement and noise intenstity.

Tuesday morning we were back at Children’s by 6:15 AM for Dimples’ endoscopy. She was very anxious in the preceding days. When we arrived, I noticed that she seemed a little bit distant and even pulled away from me. It made me sad, but then I thought of the many painful things she endured in Ethiopia which she suffered through alone. I recognized that it is only natural for her to click into “survivor mode” when she is afraid. I spoke directly to her about it and told her that I am her Mommy and when children are scared, they can trust their mommies to help them. I assured her I would not leave her side until she was asleep and I would be there when she woke up.

Of course, it was all much easier than Dimples expected and once she was fully awake, she felt just fine….only hungry! The doctor didn’t see anything unusual, but it is possible something may show up in the biopsies. If not, we have to consider the option that her medications are upsetting her stomach, but changing meds is not something any of us want to do. There may be other strategies that could help. We also wonder if this could be an anxiety or stress reaction. We hope we can figure it out and bring the vomiting to an end.

Russ and I had some productive talking and planning time on the drive home. He has some significant work to accomplish in 2010 and we both have goals we want to achieve. We also want to find more time to take care of one another — we got off to a good start by running early this morning.

This week’s Tuesday Topic will be up shortly!

Thank you for reading and for leaving comments which I always find encouraging.


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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Laura
    January 6, 2010

    Love the picture of all of us. It almost looks like we talked about appropriate colors of clothes to wear. I guess we are all 'winters"!

  2. Mamita J
    January 7, 2010

    I'm glad Dimples procedure went smoothly. I hope you can find out what is causing her troubles.

    Looks like you had a wonderful time for your mom's birthday.


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