Friends of Orphans and Vulnerable Children

Friends of Orphans and Vulnerable Children
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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Physical Therapy

Amelia has been working really hard at physical therapy. Our physical therapist, Jessica, is incredible. She comes to our house each week and plays, er, works, with Amelia. I think we had all underestimated how malnourished Amelia was when she came home. Not because of her life in the orphanage--but because she was likely premature, and her first mom was likely so malnourished, and her serious reflux only made everything much worse. But she is thriving now, thank God!

Something we have learned about malnourishment is this: When a young child is malnourished, her body feeds her brain first. And then her organs. And finally, her muscles. Isn't God amazing? We wouldn't be able to help Amelia catch up when it comes to brains or organs. But muscles? No big deal!

Here she is, poised to crawl. (Just overlook the drool.)

She has a belly--yea!

She loves her sissies.


Jennifer said...

Unbelievable how much bigger she has gotten!! So beautiful!

steffany said...

I think that was the scariest for us, was not knowing what had been compromised due to malnutrition. Thank goodness God had it covered:)

She is a doll!!!!

Steph and Evan Griffith said...

She looks amazing!!!!!!!