Saturday, October 10, 2009

Our Newest Little Ones!!!

So how should I let's see...this has been the longest, most filled half a week since I have arrived. Kids have been sick, 3 new kids have arrived, and there was tons of other paperwork/daily work to be completed. Not to mention I'm suppose to be training Aleya. Needless to say that has not really happened.
Anyway, let me introduce you to our newest little ones!
On Wednesday Neto arrived...
He has been biting his lip since he got here. :( I've learned that kids don't do so great for the first few days after they get here, but then they slowly warm up. He was covered in witch doctor charms...but after a little loving he will be just fine. As for his story, his father has been taking care of him since his mother left (I believe) and doesn't have any female relatives to help out. He is 20 months old and pretty tiny. He's not terribly malnourished and after a few days seems to be figuring out life in the Baby House isn't all that bad. I can't wait until he is smiling and playing!
The next arrivals came Thursday. I had been in the nursery for over 3 hours thanks to some spoiled little ones and wanting to help out at least a little bit. Chris and I had finally escaped to get some lunch when we ran into our newest arrivals.
Meet Wesley, who the tias lovingly refer to as Weesley (they can't seem to say Wesley).
Anyway he is 6 months old and healthy as you can see, weighing in a 8.34kg. His mother died not too long ago. His father has done a great job so far raising him. He has even been weighed in a clinic every month since birth and is up to date on his immunizations! He has come to live with us because again there are no female relatives around to help care for him. His father dropped him off and he seemed just fine. Then about an hour later he started crying. He cried all night and most of the next morning. Seriously Chris and I even put him in a car seat and swung him around because in motion he would stop crying.'s a picture of the end result of all the crying...
He would only stop crying tied to someone's back in a capulana. So to give the tias a break, some of the girls in the clinic tied him on me, and I spent about 4 hours on Friday feeling like a real African mom. I got a bunch of work done, but it's hard work and my whole upper body hurts today. But for 4 hours there was NO crying! And he seems to be doing much better today!
Lastly, Alfiado arrived Thursday as well.
He is 18 months old and only weighs 8.56kg. You can definitely see in his hair condition and weigh that he is malnourished. We are working on that at the moment and I can't wait for him to smile. At least he has stopped chewing on his clothes at the moment...for the first 36 hours all he did was chew on whatever he was wearing. But he is adorable and I'm sure will be doing great in no time. He is with us because his mother died and his 8 year old sister (also living with us now) was his primary care giver. She has come up to see him every day and I'm sure will continue to!
Ok...well those are our 3 new boys! They are fantastic and I can't wait for their personalities to shine. Just to show the transition these kids go is Clotide (who we are now calling Mae because that was her "home" name) and Augustinho, the two who arrived about 2 weeks ago.
Mae is now playing with everyone and her skin looks gorgeous!And Augustinho is a bundle of laughs and so curious it almost drives me crazy because you can't put anything down unless he can have it!


  1. Thanks so much for filling us in on how they arrive! What is a typical length stay and what are some reasons they transition out? Is it more of a short term place to provide immediate medical help and nourishment or does it tend to take on an orphanage long term feel.

    These little babies are SO CUTE!!! I would tie one on my back all day too!

  2. ps ... I like seeing the pictures of you too! Always a smile on your face and looking at peace. You are looking good my friend!

  3. Hey there! The center kind of serves both purposes. Our goal always is for the kids to be back with their families as long as it is a safe place with enough food on the table. We do have some kids who will spend their whole lives with us because they are true orphans...but the hope is that all the others would return home at some point very soon! We have a re-integration team that meets with a family before we accept a kid just to assess the situation and make initial contact because sometimes it can be hard to find family members again. And then each year they assess what kids can go home. It's hard sometimes to accept that kids going back into extreme poverty is a good thing...but family is always better than none in Mozambique because otherwise they end up grown up and having to leave the center with no one to support them. I hope that helps you get the big picture of what we're doing. It's very individualized!
    Thanks for all your support, comments, questions...I love them!