Just a side note here: Zane is just as in love with Titus as the rest of us are. He gets really excited to see his pictures, and LOVES watching his videos. He was so animated about seeing Titus that it was hard to get a good still shot. Here is a glimpse of his enthusiasm while watching the videos for the first time!
Here is how his orphanage answered our questions:
First of all, there was the great news that his nannies believe his hearing is normal! See this post for more details. We still believe he may have mild to moderate hearing loss and will be sure to get testing done quickly when he is home.
Has Titus had any surgeries or needed hospital care?
In 2012 he got sick often, he’s weak, so we sent him to hospital to get needed care.
Thank you, Lord, for nannies who were attentive to his needs and for the orphanage's approval for his hospital care. Thank you for the funding, likely through various charities and generous donors who took care of the hospital bills so that he could receive this care!
What things are difficult for Titus to do with his right hand and arm that other children his age can do? Does he seem frustrated about it?
His right hand and arm are very strong and flexible, just can’t nip tiny objects. He has no problem holding a ball, or pick up something. He doesn’t get frustrated. He’s always very happy.
Already a little overcomer! I can't wait for this little one to blow us away with his abilities! Lord, help us not to impose limitations but to help him find ways to do every task you set before him.
What makes him happy or what does he like to do?
Just give him something to eat or play, he will be very happy. He also loves outdoor activities. He’s very affectionate, likes to play with the nannies he’s familiar with.
Let me just note here that before this update, we had never seen a picture of him smiling. It filled our hearts to know what makes him happy. Also, many people would take this for granted, but their response tell me that HE GETS TO PLAY OUTSIDE... a totally normal childhood activity, but I wasn't sure if they did take the kids outside. I love to hear that he is affectionate. He'll fit right in with his siblings here! Also, my heart aches a little bit thinking about how he will feel to leave behind the nannies he is familiar with.
How do his nannies describe his personality?
Active, brave and eager to do well in everything.
I can not wait to get to know this little guy!
Please describe how Titus interacts with other children.He shares his toys with other children when he’s happy. He likes to chase and play with other children in the playroom. Sometimes they play hand in hand also.
They have a play room!!!! I wasn't aware of this, but we did get to see it in the video below. So glad to know this, as I've never seen many toys in the photos of his room. And, I love to hear that the other kids play "hand in hand" with him. They're all growing up together, have a variety of special needs, and probably don't see him as any different. I pray the Lord will surround him with friends throughout his life that will see him as the absolutely extraordinary fun little guy that he is without discriminating.
We received his most recent sizes and are thrilled that he has grown so much since the last measurements we had for him. He is small for his age. Actually, he is almost exactly the same size as our son Zane.
And without further adieu, here are 77 seconds of pure cuteness!