Jake is a good kid who generally wants to do the right thing. Emotional regulation isn't the easiest for him, and he has some not great habits when he gets upset. We're working on those. He's growing A LOT in terms of bonding. He was not particularly open to affection in the beginning, but he's really opening up to us, finally. He's got a quirky personality, loves friends and sports, but does NOT love school lol, and enjoys seeing his grandparents. Jake's favorite things are talking to his orphanage friends who have already been adopted, watching Power Rangers, and taking selfies. This kid is the selfie king! If I set the phone down, I'll come back to a dozen crazy pictures of Jake! Here's some of his favorite faces!
Jake's specialists have been hard to pin down and we're hoping to have more info on the nature of his brain injuries in March when we have an appointment at the Denver Children's Hospital, since getting into Nuero-sciences in New Mexico has proved to be pretty much impossible. It's about a five hour drive, but it's worth it as UNMCH hasn't even processed his referral yet. The earliest they could see him if they processed his referral this minute is late summer. We're excited to see what information this helps provide for us.
Finn is doing very well medically. He came to us in pretty rough shape, but he's bouncing back. He's got a pretty rigid medical process to accommodate his potentially very dangerous special need. We like to nip possible issues in the bud by offering treatment before they become an issue!
This regimen includes blood transfusions every two weeks at this time. In the future, the hope is that we will be able to drop back to every three weeks, or even once a month!
The boys are bonding pretty well to each other and with the other kids.