I have never been a parent before, so I don’t know what it’s like to watch your son grow up through the newborn and baby stages. I’m becoming an adoptive parent, though, so I’m learning what it’s like to watch your son grow up through pictures and brief descriptions. It’s hard. But its difficulty is due to parental love, not fleshly frustration. There is an impatience in love that can be glorious. Painfully glorious, but glorious nonetheless. Just ask Judah’s mother.
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. In the case of the thousand words you’re about to read, though, there are very few pictures that equal their worth. One of the volunteers at the Amani Baby Cottage was incredibly thoughtful to take the time to write us this email. If you’ve ever wondered (along with us) “What is Judah like?” wonder no more:
Hi Gunner and Cindi,
It was so fun to see both of your comments on my blog! I think of you guys whenever I see Judah and remember to tell him how loved he is. I guess I will just try to tell you a little bit about what he does and what he’s like at this point in his life… some of this you may already know.
He has the cutest crawl of all the babies and only uses his feet and hands. He sticks his little butt up in the air and can really get going fast! I have never seen him use his knees while crawling. He loves to pull himself up on the little table that is in his room and grabs toys off of it.
He can usually be seen sucking his index and middle finger together. He does it when he’s happy, sad, playing, all the time.
He is the happiest baby in Baby room 1, and I’m not just saying that because you are his parents. He is always smiling and laughing and when he laughs he will get excited and snort through his nose a little and shake his head back and forth.
He loves to fall asleep on people and can’t make it until his naptime at 1:00. When he’s tired he will crawl over to your lap and just lay down and sleep. A few days ago he was playing next to me and crawled over but didn’t even make it onto my lap. He put his head down on my knee with his butt in the air, with his legs still kind of standing. He was falling asleep and his legs would keep bending and popping up, kind of like a head would knod off and pop back up. It was sooo funny and cute, we took pictures of it!
He has been wandering over to baby room 2 lately to play with the bigger babies. He gets along really well with them and now even eats dinner with them. If you look earlier on the blog there is a picture of some kids eating and that’s baby room 2, so now he sits at the little table with them and feeds himself. When it is time for his drink of water he usually dumps the whole cup on himself. I have been helping him learn to pour slowly into his mouth. He is one of the messiest ones, but so cute!
I can’t help picking favorite kids and although I truly love them all, your Judah is completely irresistable and is one of my very favorites. Some of the mamas here laugh because they tell me I am brave to take him to town because he is heavy! He is so beautiful and happy and content though, that I love to spend time with him. I have taken some pictures of him that I will try to send soon.
But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it” (Luke 18:16-17).