Monday, March 28, 2011

My precious Bohdan



From what I know, Bohdan was diagnosed at birth with Trisomy 21 and was left at the hospital. He was transfered at birth to the orphanage where he survived in a crib for the next 3 years of his life only doubling his weight. What does this mean? It means that he was never held. He was never cuddled or had the chance to look up into a loving face and feel secure in someones arms. It means that to him physical contact was a negative thing and very rough. It means that he has always comforted himself. It means that he has never fallen asleep in someone arms. He has always fallen asleep alone.

But guess what! We serve an awesome and mighty God who had different plans for this precious angel, tiny and forgotten yet so full of love and life if given the chance.

We were in church with our twins, Caius and Bohdan (everyone thinks they are twins because they are the same size even though they are separated by a year and ten months) yesterday. Nick and Lyndsay were holding them. Bohdan started crying which is very uncharacteristic. Lyndsay gave him to me and I tried everything but he was just not happy. So we just snuggled. He finally calmed down and lay there trying not to go sleep. He would open his sleepy blue eyes and look up into my eyes and then slowly close them again. He fought going to sleep but finally he drifted off. Every once in a while he would open his eyes to look at me. I figure he was checking to make sure I was still there. Then he relaxed and went into a deep sleep. His body went limp and he started breathing slowly and his little blue eyes were opened just enough where I could see they were crossed. He was deep asleep in his Momma's loving arms and he was content and I was in heaven.




27 comments:

  1. Oh I know you were! He is so precious. I cannot imagine NEVER being held!!! Oh dear.

    Look at the difference between his pic in your header and this post!!!!! Praise God!

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  2. That is so cute, but so sad all in one go!!!But looking on the positive side he now has a loving Mommy and Daddy that just loves him to bits!!

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  3. This just brings tears to my eyes. So precious and so cute.

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  4. Awww what beautiful post..love love his smile.

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  5. That brought tears to my eyes, Autumn. God bless y'all! :)))

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  6. That is my heart hugger for today. So precious.

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  7. He is totally precious Autumm! I knew from the moment I laid my eyes on that first sleepy picture of him on RR that he was something special. I'm so happy to hear he is feeling secure now and knows the love of his mama! AND he looks like he's really filling out, and his hair has really grown in...he looks SO happy and HEALTHY!

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  8. I agree with you, heaven on Earth!! Their is just something about Bohdan! I know I am in love.... I am so happy he felt peace in his mama's arms. What a beautiful, wonderful thing. You are so blessed and so is that precious little pumpkin. AHHH. Those blue eyes, captivating:)

    Sarah

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  9. I so love the snuggle time of holding a sleeping little one! So glad he is able to relax and sleep in his mama's arms!

    Dannette (mom who found your blog)

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  10. What an amazing story...how beautiful that moment was. Imgagine from sweet Bodhan's point of view...trusting you and loving you and feeling so safe and secure in your arms..he was able to drift off into sleep. Thank you for sharing that beautiful moment.

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  11. What a treasure you have found! An angel :)

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  12. I can't find the "Like" button!! :)

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  13. Thank you so much for sharing that story! Hold on tight to those memories. I, too, remember that feeling of....ahh, he is starting to trust that Momma is here and will be here ... forever. I have enjoyed following your inspirational journey.

    ~Donna
    Mom to 6
    5 bio's and 1 Russian Prince

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  14. Such an awesome feeling when they can finally relax in your arms!

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  15. Something I meant to tell you about Bohdan, or Bogdan (as I assume is the original version of his name, as sometmies the "g" is written in Latin alphabet as an "h") literally means Given by God (from Slavic).

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  16. so precious. What is going on with Yuri and his health, any more news? Thanks for the updates, I can only imagen what a difficult time you are having with 4 children who are very young.

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  17. How beautiful ~ he is looking so good!

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  18. Every child should be able to fall asleep in their mama's arms. I'm so glad Bohdan and Yuri have that chance now!

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  19. Mmmmm...thats really nice. :):):)

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  20. Aw, that is a beautiful picture. Such a treasure, he is! God bless.

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  21. That is so precious. It's times like those that make it all worth it. :)

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  22. I love that. He knows his Momma and felt safe.

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  23. Days like this one make the pitty party days seem silly. So glad to see both boys thriving in such a short time. Will continue to pray that your family continues to suceed in bringing these boys back to life!

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  24. What a beautiful post. And yes, your boy IS totally precious!

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  25. He is looking so good! What a cutie. Very touching post. :-)

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