#flashbackFriday to one year ago:
This was our 7th weekend at the orphanage and with Bea well on the road to recovery but still very underweight (just over 7kg/15lbs) and covered in skin issues due to deficiencies so we were giving her as much to eat as possible. These Plumpy Nut therapeutic food packets are provided by @unicefethiopia for the severely malnourished and were shared amongst all the kids at Berhan.
People often ask how we coped with all we went through last year, and to be honest I'm not totally sure. It sometimes seems as though I'm looking back at someone else's life because it feels like it was all a crazy dream. I never thought I was a strong person, but no-one really is until you have to be. I've realised motherhood brings out the strongest in us.
There are many tough aspects of motherhood, but I am less phased by some than I might have been otherwise, had we not been through a challenging adoption process, and from one of the poorest countries in the world. Food is one of them.
I've never looked into recommended daily allowances or worried if Bea's having enough of each food group. I always imagined my child would eat healthily, and for the most part we do ok. But I wouldn't have been so free and easy with my biscuit stash except that on those weekend visits we did all we could to supplement Bea's diet with some calorie-filled carbs, and it was hard to stop the biscuit train running once we got home!
Some days I do have my niggling doubts, worrying if she's eating well, and enough. (Looking at this photo she thought it was hummus, which has been more than 50% of her diet this week!) But no matter what, I know that she'll never go hungry again. Pretty much any food that goes in is good for something, and if it's healthy food? Well that's a bonus! One day she'll like fruit and veg as much as I do, one day!
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