Beautiful Life

Hey child up and go; A big world is out there waiting for us to live in every day. Outside you will find, there is love all around you; Takes you, makes you wanna' say; That it's a beautiful life and it's a beautiful world and it's a beautiful time to be here, to be here, to be here. -Fisher

Thursday, March 31, 2011



We are still here!


We have been very busy with our busy boy!


We have had a few appointments that have helped us get to know our boy better. 
Want to know what we found out? 
I bet you do!

First off, and this came as no surprise to us at this point, there is no evidence {as seen with the naked eye} that Asher has CP.  Cerebral Palsy.  You know, his "special need".  Cerebral Palsy is what got him on the waiting child list.  Cerebral Palsy can be a pretty scary diagnosis, especially when all you know is what is on a few sheets of paper known in the adoption world as "a medical file".  And all you can see are a couple of grainy old photos.  So, I believe Cerebral Palsy is the reason that boy waited and waited on the list. 

We didn't have a CT scan and see no reason for one at this point.  He pretty much looks and acts like an ordinary extraordinary three year old boy!

Like any good international adoption parents, we also had him tested for everything under the sun.  Eleven vials of blood, one urine specimen and a stool sample later {TMI?}......WE STILL HAVE A HEALTHY BOY!  Everything that needed to, came back negative. 

Some even better news is that Asher's titers came back that all the vaccines he had in China were good!  So, he is actually up to date on all that and won't need anything until he turns four. 

What else did we learn?

We learned that Asher has a head full of cavities!  Bad genetics?  Too much junk?  Not enough brushing?  I don't know.  Probably a combo deal.  It doesn't matter now, anyway.  We have a head full of cavities so we just have to deal with it. 

By-the-way, he really enjoyed tolerated going to the dentist really well.  He followed Claire's lead all the way.  She had an appointment too, so we used this as an opportunity to let him see how it was done.  And it worked! 

Claire hopped in the chair for her annual x-rays!

Asher hopped in the chair...

And tried to give himself the x-rays!

Oh, that boy of mine!

What can you do....except snap pictures, of course!

Then it was time for cleanings.  Claire used to only sit in my lap, but with little brother watching?  Well, there was no way she wasn't going all the way this time!  Up in the big chair is the only way to go when showing little brother's how it's done. 

Open wide!

Monkey see, monkey do!

Good news for Claire! 
No cavities!

Bad news for Asher.

He's going to loose a few damaged front teeth.

Needs a few crowns.

And about a dozen fillings.

Great visit for Claire and her pretty smile.

And well, Asher got on his zebra and rode off .....'cause it seemed like the thing to do at a time like this.  You know, with all this dental work to look forward too.

It's what I would do!


Kristy said...

And YES, YES he is still cute as ever! So happy he got such a good report! Claire is a cutie too:)

I remember when Anna Li went to the dentist for the first time.. she laughed so hard the dentist could barely do his job.. and all her x-rays were blurry due to excessive laughing.. :) (she had a mouth full of cavities too!)


Annie said...

Wonderful news, Chelsea - except for the cavities, of course! That would be hard for us as we have no dental insurance! We got lucky with Lizzie! I think we might look into dental if we ever get to go back:) Claire looks SO grown up!! I can't wait to get Asher and Lizzie together! I do believe they are cut from the same cloth! Hehe!

WhitneyB said...

Looks like Dr. Paul! We love that family & what a great dentist. Micah lost his 2 damaged front teeth to Dr. Paul when he turned four. Sad day for mommy but Micah didn't mind the gas and the TV on the ceiling! And he still looks cute. ;-)
Praying for the whole family!! ..and thanks for lifting up my next door neighbors, the Giordanos. You have been a great encouragement. Blessings!