Let me tell you the who the strongest man in the world.
His name is Baiden and for a few months we were honored to have him apart of our forever family.
When we first met Baiden, he was in a rehabilitation hospital re-learning everything a newborn would learn. With his contagious smile and loving looks he continually gives, we knew this little boy was awesome. With in a week of meeting him we were able to take him home from the rehab hospital. With in a few days we knew our life would be dominated by yells, cries and grunts. It was a tough adjustment as he only scooted around on his knees and his left arm. His right are was pulled tight against his chest and he was unable to control his arm and it’s movement. That didn’t deter Baiden as he was consistently moving and finding ways he could do things with in his limitations.
Within a month we were taking him to have a procedure to fix his skull from an injury. This is where we met the second strongest person I know. Andy, Baiden’s dad.
Andy, Baiden’s biological dad, was working in another town and allowed a family he never met take care of Baiden. This was something needed for Baiden to recover from an injury. Andy took no time to quickly become a major part of Baiden’s life in Baiden’s time of need. We first met Andy in the hospital before Baiden had skull reconstructive surgery. And to see Baiden recognize and respond to his dad in the hospital was an amazing and wonderful thing to see. Baiden hadn’t seen him for some time and immediately knew him and scooted to him. The smile was one of the biggest smile’s I had ever seen on Baiden’s face. This was a something that melted my heart as I saw the love Baiden gave was given back by Andy.
We visited Baiden in the hospital in a few times as we wanted to ensure he was never lonely. He was in Omaha and we lived in Lincoln but this was important to us. Baiden stole people’s heart, no matter who he met and he always had the nurses wrapped around his fingers.
After the procedure we got to take him home from hospital again, he did a great amount of improvement. We quickly saw major improvement in how he responds to sounds and recognition of his name. He began to recognized words and be able to start to signing in his own way. Seeing him sign ‘help please’, or ‘more please’, or even ‘up please’ was so stinking cute. Then as he progressed he would add his broken Baiden speak which was forwards and backwards words or half words. His “up” was “buuuuu” and his word for “bug” was more “bucchhhhhh.” His ability to learn was amazing. His own way of communicating was extremely easy to pick up on. And Baiden did not let anything hold him back from learning.
He worked really hard and continued to progress in his verbal communication. He was able to link signs with saying his best lingo. But he progressed physically too.
Seeing Him learn to walk was something that we took much joy in. From him not just pulling himself up and cruising along the furniture. He’d been doing that since we knew him, but you could see that he wanted to walk but just didn’t have the physical control. That’s when they really began to work on this with him at the rehabilitation hospital. They fit him for a brace that helped him. And with in weeks of him learning he was running all over. And as soon as he learned to walk, look out he wanted to walk everywhere. He loved to walk my sons to school.
In the rehabilitation hospital where he would visit throughout the week, there were many sessions that Baiden just cried in forever not wanting continue. And there were days he didn’t want to stop. But through out the time at the hospital he ran around it like he owned it.
AND HE DID IT WITH A SMILE and LOVE. That’s what made him strong. That’s what made him amazing to me. Baiden is the boy who took tragedy and learned to love through it with unlimited love for all. This made me so proud to have known him. So proud to have been blessed by him. I am so thankful for his part in our forever family.
In December 2013 we were proud to send him home to Andy and grandparents. This is the purpose of why we took him, to get him the help needed to be home with his family. Our joy is knowing he is gonna know the love he’s continually giving to everyone. There are days we miss him, who would not, Baiden loves everyone. The events he’s been through are tragic, but this little man has come out of it with joy and happiness. I’m blessed to have known Baiden. I’ve been blessed to have known his dad. Both are the strongest men I know. They continually make me proud to of been part of their life.