The following pictures and video are from one year ago, this week. Raul was 19 months old. He could not sit on his own, and was only about 14 pounds. Today Raul is 26 pounds, and thriving! He is learning to walk with his gait trainer, and always keeping us laughing! It's a long road ahead, but Raul has made amazing progress!
Well last week was full of excitement with the new gait trainer and power chair, while this week has been a bit quieter for Raul. Today marks 305 days that Raul has been in the U.S. with us! Part of me feels like he has been here forever, and part remembers flying back with him like it was just yesterday! We are currently working on renewing his humanitarian parole so that he will be able to stay here longer receiving proper medical care.
We tried taking Raul to the circus this week, but it was way too loud for him and he did not enjoy it, so we had to leave at intermission. Don't think we will be going to any shows with him anytime soon! I wasn't able to get any good pictures of him there, as he was too upset. The other pictures below were taken by my dad when he babysat Raul for a few hours while I was in a class. They walked around the mall, and my dad bought him an angry birds t-shirt, then they came and waited in the lobby of the building where I was. Raul was tired by the time I saw him, but it sounded like he had fun on his adventure!
We are having a fundraiser for Raul's medical expenses through Be a Voice! $5.00 from each order goes to helping orphans around the world, and the rest is sent to us for our fundraising! It is an amazing opportunity! Please check out their wonderful items for sale! Just make sure you enter my name (Caroline R.) below your postal code in the "coupon code" line so that the funds go to us! http://beavoice.me/shop/
My dad brought breakfast this morning, and also brought Teddy for Raul to play with. We took Raul out in his chair, and he was very happy to see Teddy, and still thought he was really funny. Raul drove around a little, and watched Teddy run around. Then we came up to play for a while before nap time (Raul was up really early this morning).