Sunday, July 27, 2014

NDNorth: A Day in the Life of Kristiana

Good morning! It's time for a good stretch...

A little bit of therapy... I'm always happy to see Philip and nanny there to pick me up when I'm done stretching.

Some romping about in the walker! I know that it's not the right height for me - I'm getting so tall! - but I sure do love being able to move fast and reach whatever I want. 

My nannies are smart... too smart. They let me eat snacks while in the stander. I don't like the stander all that much, but I sure do love eating! And playing. So it's okay.

What did you do today?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

NDSouth: Ribbon Fun

We receive many donations from supporters and sponsors. Recently we received some ribbons that can be used for dancing or really whatever else you want! We thought it would be fun to wear them during music time. The kids thought that was a great idea!

Amy showing us her beautiful orange ribbons. 

Sadie had yellow ribbons that matched her dress as well. She really got into the ribbon dancing!

Hand motions are way more fun with ribbons.

Hayden wasn't quite sure what to do with them.

Chris is in hiding.

"What in the world do I do with these?" - Chris

Ada was all smiles!

So much fun! We love them and I'm sure will use them again soon.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Crawling and Cucumbers

Mark has been out in the 'big wide world' for over a month now, since he became strong enough to leave the Critical Care Unit.  We've loved having Mark out in the Baby Room.  He's got such a funny personality and is a real charmer.  During this last month, he has actually made quite an impact!

Grace, one of our awesome Summer Staff volunteers who recently returned to America, wrote this about the effect that Mark has had on the other babies -

"Until Mark came out, none of the babies were crawling or walking.  However, as soon as Mark started crawling around everywhere, Jack decided he wanted to get in on the action. After a few days of watching Mark,  Jack was crawling right behind him (and of course, getting into all sorts of trouble!).

Since then, Jack has moved downstairs with the other toddlers. However, this week, we noticed something else.  Robert started crawling!  Robert, who when he got here could not even lift his head, has been scooting around the floor all over the place on his hands, knees, and stomach this week.  Robert couldn't let Mark have all the fun!  Up until this week,  Robert had been quite content to roll around on the floor.  Now, however, he is quite mobile. Yay Robert!

This just goes to show that kids really do teach each other. It’s fun to watch them grow and develop, and as one gains a new skill, such as crawling, the other ones want to learn too!"

Besides teaching other kids to crawl, Mark has been busy doing other things as well.  He is always on the look-out for items that he isn't allowed to have.  He seems to have a special talent for it.  Any item that is left at Mark-level - boxes of tissues, mobile phones, bottles of milk belonging to other babies - will almost instantly be grabbed and investigated.

Not only does he like to take things, he also likes to share them.  In this picture he is kindly sharing the lens-cap taken from Gan Lu's camera with Iris!

One thing that Mark does not like to share is food.  He has a remarkable appetite and would happily eat all the time.  When other kids are getting food and he isn't, Mark is not a happy boy.

The other day, Mark ate a LOT of cucumbers.  He was photographed on at least three separate occasions eating them, and who knows how many more he ate at other times.

Cucumbers are delicious, aren't they Mark?  Especially the big, juicy home-grown kind you can get here.

At one point, Mark's nanny tried to eat one as a snack, and Mark fussed at her until she gave him a piece too!

Mark shows an interest in his little companions and Iris thinks he's amazing.  Apart from Robert, none of them are very good at playing with him yet though.  Note the piece of cucumber on the ground behind Mark in the picture above!

Keep up the good work, Mark.  Keep crawling and exploring and entertaining everyone.  Your next challenge?  Walking...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

NDSouth: A Family for Hayden

Hayden just celebrated his 4th birthday. He has been with us for a year and a half and has made so much progress during that time. He has learned to love, to trust, and to smile. Our hope for each of our children is that one day they will join a forever family of their very own. They are never meant to remain with us forever, just for a short time until their families find them and bring them home. 

Hayden hardly resembles the quiet, scared, and sad little boy who we met in an orphanage in January 2013. Love truly makes a difference and this little boy has not only learned what love is but has learned how to love others and be loved in return. 

Hayden can be quite the little goof ball. He is always making us laugh and smile with his antics and silly sense of humor. Don't you love his sunglasses? He loves to wear them upside down! 

Hayden still has a lot of progress to make but when we look at how far he has come, we can't help but stand in awe. 

Hayden desires what every child desires: a family of his very own. A family who will love him unconditionally, encourage him in all that he does, and help him to reach his full potential.

That dream of his may not be too far away. Hayden is waiting for his family right now. He is ready and waiting. Could you be his family?

We have recently learned that Hayden's file is currently on an agency's waiting child list. For more information on this precious little boy, email New Day South's Director at

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: A Kiss From Natalie?!

NDNorth: Picking Kristiana up from Therapy

Everyone needs a little brother to help pick her up from therapy, don't you agree?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Therapy Tuesday: Violet's New Friend

Learning to talk is something that takes some children longer than others.  We are blessed to have a wonderful Speech Therapist, Lillian, who is able to give our children some extra help with their speech development if they seem to need it.

Violet recently turned two, has started coming to Preschool, and has also begun Speech Therapy sessions with Lillian.  Looks like Lillian is pretty fond of Violet already...

They've been making good use of a mirror in their therapy sessions.

What do you see, Violet?

Looks like they might be practicing the word 'nose' ('bizi' in Chinese)...

Good work so far, Violet and Lillian.  We wish you many fun and productive therapy sessions. We look forward to hearing to hearing all that Violet is going to say!