Today was our first day visiting children at Cathwel Service. We kept up a good pace throughout the day, meeting with 17 children total. Nine of the children we had never met before – and 8 still have their profiles in the preparation stage. Let me introduce you to a few of the new kiddos we met…
Avril is an adorable almost 4 year old girl with CHD, along with some other medical needs. She had never climbed a rope ladder, but when we asked her to she overcame her fear and went all the way to the top unassisted!
9 year old Amelia, who has a repaired cleft lip and palate, was so excited when we pulled out the make-up bag. She picked out eyeshadow, blush, and nail polish for Erin to apply. When she was all made up she was sure to have her social worker tell Erin what an amazing job she had done. Amelia felt so pretty – which naturally is without the make-up!
And wait until you meet 11 month old Andy and 4 month old Auggie! Andy is on medication for seizures, which are now well controlled. He may have some additional medical needs. Andy was smiley, and his caregivers told us he will hum when he’s happy. He’s doing well developmentally, including crawling.
Auggie has a malformed ear with hearing impairment. He is still so young that further testing is still needed. His motor and other developmental skills are on track. And he’s so adorable!
We are eager to receive these children’s full files so we can learn more about each one! Today was a pretty exciting day!