Baby Carolina Comes Home, Part 2

Teesa Klear continues her story of bring her adopted daughter, Carolina home from China.  Click here to read the first part of the story

She couldn’t roll over, walk, crawl or do anything at all the first two days. She just lay where we put her, even if it was on her face. After day two, she began to roll over. On day three, she started to crawl. Day four brought with it small steps. By the end of the first week, she was running, albeit clumsily.fam

Carolina has been home with us and her big brother for five months now. She is working with an Easter Seals representative through our local Child Development Services Agency (CDSA) once a week. She is now saying three-word sentences and communicates with sign language and verbal words. She can understand about 80% of what we say and responds well to direction. She is absolutely brilliant.

She has been well-below the growth charts at negative 15th percentile for weight and even negative 30th for height. Her hug on beachstatistics from before we brought her home showed an average height and weight when she was born, but it rapidly declined after being placed in the orphanage (immediately).

Today, she is actually ON the American charts at the 5th percentile for weight and 3rd for height for the first time in her life.

She is a blessing from God for our family. She is the perfect fit in every way and her big brother absolutely adores her. We are not without our trials (sleep is hard), but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. The last five months have been a sweet blessing.

For anyone who is thinking of adopting or fostering a child or youth, I just want to say that though times may be difficult, your life will never be the same in a really wonderful way. As the theme says this year, “you don’t have to be perfect to be a perfect parent.” That’s exactly what I’ve learned about myself and Carolina is the proof.

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  1. What a sweet story and a blessing to share with others how you have given life to this child!

  2. What a great story. It took me back to when my husband and I adopted our little boy. We experienced some of the same things when we adopted Jordi. I remember being so happy when he finally managed to get on the grwoth chart.