My mommy has a friend who went a long ways away to go bring her little girl, Katie, home. I would love to be Katie's friend. Katie has Down Syndrome like me, and she has lots of brothers and sisters now like I do, but she has had a very different life than I have had.
I was born to a mommy who loved me and stayed by my side every day that I was in the hospital, and then she I was strong enough she took me home. Katie never new knew her mother and until her new mommy came and found her, she had spent every day of her life in a place like a hospital, but no one took good care of her their.
I was taught to do the things that I couldn't learn to do on my own - I was taught to feed myself, to help get my clothes on, to walk and run and things like that. Katie stayed in her crib all day, every day. She was never taught how to do anything.
I had my diaper changed many times every day, and I was fed three meals a day and lots of snacks too. I got lots of nummy mommy's milk for my first few months, and healthy formula after that until I could start eating real food. Then I got to try lots of different foods and I loved most of it. Katie was given a bottle every day, propped up so the formula would run down her throat, make her choke, and a lot of it got on her bed. I had to have my liquids thickened for a long time so I wouldn't breath in the fluids and get breathing problems. Katie probably ended up breathing the liquids and getting sick from that happening.
I was talked to, hugged, kissed, cuddled and rocked to sleep. If I woke up during the night, my mommy would feed and care for me and help me to go back to sleep. Katie was rarely held or touched except for bottle feeding and diaper changes, but the diaper changes were only once a day. If Katie woke up at night there was no one to hear her cries except for the other children in their cribs.
My mommy carefully weighed me regularly to make sure I was gaining weight like I should and I did great - in fact I'm big for my age! Katie was probably weighed and when she went home to be with her forever family she weighed only 10 1/2 pounds. That's not bad for a newborn, but she was NINE YEARS OLD! I weighed that when I was 2 months old, and I had a big heart problem that made it hard for me to gain weight!
My mommy took me to the doctor when I got sick. Katie and her friends have probably never seen a doctor until her mommy found her. If I had lived where Katie lived I would have died. Many children die in that house - 18 in just one year. This is so sad.
Thankfully my friend Katie no longer lives at that hospital like place called Plevin. Thankfully God brought Katie to her forever family and now she's just like me! Well, almost. But Katie is growing fast - she weighs probably over 30 pounds now. She isn't walking yet, but she's learning by using a special walking machine. She gets lots of therapy, especially from her brothers and sisters just like I do. She's learned to feed herself, and she never gets a bottle anymore. The best thing she has learned is that she is loved. She is happy now and always well cared for.
I think the best thing that Katie has gotten to do since she came home to her forever family is to go outdoors. She's played in the sprinkler, swung in a swing, swam in the lake and enjoyed all the beautiful flowers too. She loves to do those things just like I do.
But do you know what is really sad? There are so many other children living at Plevin. Still waiting for their forever families to rescue them from that terrible place. Maybe people are working to make Plevin better, but it will never compare to having a home where they are loved and cherished all day, every day.
My mommy want you to help - go to Katie's mommy's blog post to see some of the children still living in plevin and see if your forever child is there. Or help the Brown's to adopt Gemma by sending money to them through Reece's Rainbow. Or maybe you could become a Prayer Warrior or an Orphan Warrior like my mommy did! Just do something. These children need a loving home like I have, like Katie has. It's just that simple.