Greer Can Do All Things Through Christ who strengthens him. Philippians 4:13
A sweet adoptive mama friend sent me the quote from Dr. Seuss' Oh The Place You'll Go a few days ago. She said she couldn't stop thinking about this quote in regards to Greer...
"KID YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS
KID YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS
KID YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS
KID YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS"
and now we will associate this with him too!
Greer is the most precious little guy. The first few days of figuring each other out were kind of shaky, but we have come a long way in just a week and a half.
He is absolutely precious!! He is very laid back and super observant. He can sit up if someone puts him in the position to do so. He gives high fives. He laughs and smiles easily when given attention. He is a rockstar sleeper. He knows where everyone in the house is at all times and he knows what's up! We know he can crawl because we saw him do it on video but we have yet to get him to do it for us. It won't be long now!
When we reviewed the twins file, they both had similar notes of complications at birth. Sophie was born first and Greer second. They were 35 weekers (7 weeks longer than Harrison)!
We knew that there were potential risks with the record of what he had experienced at birth and the months following. Sophie's development was on target and Greer's delayed. Brandon and I had some very serious discussions and we prayed really hard about the worst case scenarios and what our future could look like should "worse case scenario" become ours and Greer's reality if/when we moved forward with their adoption.
The Lord confirmed in our hearts that these two kiddos were our children and BOTH of them deserved a mommy and daddy to take a chance on them. We are beyond blessed with numerous local resources for children with special needs and we are very capable of loving and encouraging Greer each day!
He will not have any lack of motivation with his brother, sister, and all his insta-buddies. All of the specialists we have talked with say this gives him a leg up for sure!
We called Tennessee Early Intervention Services (our states free therapies, equipment, evaluations, etc from birth-3yr olds who qualify based on assessment of development) early last week and they came out Friday to get the intake process going for Greer. We haven't even had the actual evaluation yet and they are pretty sure he qualifies for all services, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Therapy. As overwhelming as that might seem, we are at a place where we knew it was coming and we are on a mission to get out little buddy going! We will get as much therapy in the home as we can. We know a great pediatric physical therapist that we'd like to go see, but we hope to do the others at home. The intake coordinator asked what our goals were and I said for him to feed himself, communicate (sign/talk), and walk! She kind of raised and eyebrow, but we are claiming Philippians 4:13 over his life. We didn't choose it for cuteness.....we chose it because we mean business and we trust that our God can do amazing things in and through Greer! No matter what anyone thinks or says we will not put any limitations on him. We will just push him to do the next thing, then the next, then the next! :) That's what our job as mommy and daddy is!
There are neurology appointments, therapies, opthamology appointments, and cardiology appointments in our future. We are prayerfully taking it one day at a time. Greer is worthy of love and devotion from parents, family, and friends committed to fighting for and with him!! We don't have a specific diagnosis yet, but we know that one is coming. A few of the last pieces of paperwork mentioned a broad diagnosis, but we know there are more details that will give us a better grasp on things. And when the time comes and we feel confident in what our doctors here determine, we will continue to share Greer's journey!! In the meantime, we welcome you to love on, interact with, and pray for Greer and our family as we navigate this new part of our families journey.