October 31, 2005 at 6:14 am Leave a comment

Because I just don’t have a lot of extra time right now while getting adjusted to having a sweet, wonderful toddler right now; I am posting something I wrote to the people of the Angelman’s list-serve that I joined. It is a group for paren’t of children with Angelman’s Syndrome, a big group that has tons of wonderful experience to offer. Anyhow, this has a lot of info about Joshua that I have been wanting to share here, but just haven’t done it yet.

Hello everyone, I have been sort of “listening in” to y’all for the past few days, and thought it time to introduce our family to you.

My name Adrienne and my hubby is Kevin, we have a daughter who will be 13 on Friday, and only a week ago Saturday we brought home Joshua Paul to join our family. Joshua is going to be 2 on January the 20th and he has a clinical diagnosis of Angelman’s Syndrome. We have adopted him through our state’s (Texas) foster care system. He was taken at birth from his birth mother because she was “mentally retarded” and had already had two children taken from her because she just couldn’t care for them properly, although she tried, she just couldn’t do it, and his father died of diabetic complications before he was born.

We first saw Joshua on the TARE website, that is the Texas Adoption Resource Exchange, it’s where they post pictures of kid’s who are up for adoption, and I just fell in love with him right away. We submitted our homestudy and were chosen to be his forever family. They chose us because I have a nephew named Eli who is undiagnosed but has very similar things to Joshua, so we already have experience with special kids. :-) So I can say that Eli helped us to get our son! They sent us his files and that’s when we found out about the Angleman’s diagnosis. So the research began….I was given the name of Teresa J by a friend and she e-mailed me and was so kind and answered some of my questions. Well…we just knew that Joshua was meant to be a part of our family!

It has only been a little over a week, but already I am head over heels IN LOVE with our little guy!!!! It just feels right, and I know that God meant him for our family all along. He is a joy to be around, and I already don’t know what I would do without him, I feel SO blessed to have been chosen to be his Mommy and Daddy and sister feel the same way.

In was with a wonderful foster family near Austin, Texas and got lots of love while he was there, I am so grateful to them for caring for my son the way that they did. He seems to be bonding very well with our family, like I said it’s as if he is just meant to be here. :-)

The foster family didn’t think it would be hard for him to transition to a new home, he didn’t SEEM to mind leaving with us, but I believe that it did affect him in ways that just aren’t seen. His tummy was upset, reflux that he had not had a problem with in a very long time reappeared, so now he is on Zantac for time and then we’ll see how he is. He does seem to have more stranger anxiety than they thought that he had, he wants me back after someone else takes him from me, and it a lot quieter around new people than normal. He usually makes a lot of happy sounds. He seems to be getting more and more comfortable here every single day, and I think he feels very safe with us now.

Some things we’ve learned about him:

He only eats mushy food so far, nothing that has to be chewed.

He sleeps very well, goes down by himself at 10:00 and doesn’t wake up until 9:00 in the morning, and takes an hour to two hour nap during the day.

He mouths everything, grinds his teeth if not chewing on something else.

Loves bath time!

Has an awesome sense of humor!

It’s exhausting dressing him, I feel as if I have run a mile after his bath and putting on his diaper and jammies.

He hated brushing his teeth, his foster mom would only attempt it every other day. We since have gotten him and electric toothbrush, and he plays with a Bumble ball during the day and the input from that has already helped so much, it did take two of us to brush his teeth and now he willingly opens his mouth for the electric toothbrush!

He loves shopping, but not too long.

He gets pretty fussy whenever his schedule is too disrupted, poor guy has entered the most non-scheduled family, so we are working hard to accomodate him!! :-)

When he first came to us, he played for very long periods of time by himself with toys, and did the same as his foster home, but now…I don’t know if we just play with him too much, or that’s he getting more bonded, but when I leave the room he really fusses! I hope it’s because he is bonding well! :-)

Well, that’s probably more than any of y’all wanted to know. :-) I am honored to be a part of your group and, I am so blessed to have my own Angel. I hope to learn a lot to be able to help him be the very best that he can be! I love reading all of the posts, what great kids you all have!



Entry filed under: Journey to Joshua, My "Pooh Bear" Joshua.

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