While we were gone on our adventure to Uyuni, Leo met his adoptive parents for the first time! They are actually from Oruro, so it was neat that we could have visited the city where he was going to live. His parents are both in their fifties. His father is retired and his mother works in some department of the government there in Oruro. His parents are very stable, mature, and kind. They did not want Leo to be an only child, so they have also adopted a little girl who is three years old, from another orphanage here in Cochabamba. Her name is Luz. His parents are keeping their given names Luz and Leo! We have really grown to love his parents and are so happy for Leo to be with his forever family. He has been the hardest for me to see go, as he was our "first" baby with Casa de Amor and has been with us the longest! I am going to share some photos of his time with us and also of his new family....
|Leo getting to know his parents!|
|Leo enjoying all the treats!|
|Leo with his new parents and big sister, Luz!|
MEMORIES WITH LEO
|Tiny Leo....but not for long!|
When Leo first arrived we talked with Tia Rosa about changing his name. He did not fit Leonardo at all. By the time he left he couldn't have been anything else. Our little lion of a Leo that he was! I was so happy that his parents kept his name Leo. Most adoptive parents change their child's name when adopting them.
|The whole Booher clan with our Leo!|
|Out for a hike at Paurumani Park.|
Leo was a pretty demanding baby. He woke every three hours en punto for feedings around the clock until he was six months old. I even took a friends suggestion and added baby cereal to his night feedings, it didn't seem to help much! He had been born premature, so I guess he had some catching up to do.
|Tia Carla with her real live baby doll, Leo!|
|Leo and Abby "Best of Chums"|
|Ready for church with Grandpa Johnson|
|Tia Techy with her "boy" Leo!|
|Chow time! Boy could that boy put away the chow!|
|Tio Rudi with his three "Casa Babies"|
|First Birthday! August 2012|
I really want to post a blog called "Bolivians Can Sleep ANYWHERE". It truly is incredible all the places I have seen them sleeping. Unfortunately, I don't have a camera with me most of the time. Leo was a true Bolivian and could sleep just about anywhere also.
|Nap time on the swing set! Leo with A.|
|Paula introducing the boys to MUD! Good clean fun!|
|We're happy campers!|
|"See, Mama, they're having fun!"|
|Food, Food, Glorious Food!|
|Good enough to lick the plate!|
|And when it is all gone, maybe EAT the plate!|
|Splish Splash, Lovin' the Bath|
|Outside bottle time!|
|Inside bottle time!|
|Looking outside at the great outdoors!|
|Mi Guapo Leo|
|Clara and Leo washing dishes together!|
|Snack Time with Friends|
|Our Adorable Little Leonardo!|
The day Leo left I gave him a quick bath. I remembered that I had taken pictures of his "first" bath with us. I decided to have Lauren take a picture of me with him at his "last" bath with us also! You can see that he has grown quite a bit this last year!
|Leo's "First" Bath (Nov, 2012)|
|Leo's "Last" Bath (Dec, 2013)|
|E. our happy addition to the family!|
|Our First Four Casa Kids|
|Our Latest Four Casa Kids|
The week before Leo's parents came to take him home for good they threw a small going away party for him at our house. They brought a delicious cake and jello. They also gave our family the practical and useful gift of groceries! They brought lots of noodles, rice, and oats. The gift was very generous and kind of them and unexpected!
|Leo enjoying jello with his Mama and Papa!|
|The guests enjoying their jello as well!|
|More of the good stuff!|
|One last picture with Emily and her favorite little boy!|
When I went to hug Leo goodbye before he left he only wanted to be held by his Daddy. It did my heart good to see that he was totally bonded with his parents and did not need us anymore. It reminded me of at the end of "Mary Poppins" when the children skip off with their father to fly a kite, and the "talking umbrella" tells Mary that they are not even thinking about her anymore, or something like that, and she says, "That is as it should be!!" We were able to send a Bible home with Leo with a letter in it telling a bit about us and a bit about his babyhood with us. We also hope to see him before we leave for home next year.
|Leo with his Old and New Families!|
Que te vaya bien con tu nueva familia y que Dios te bendiga, nuestro Leonardo!