The last three weeks have been very challenging with RaeAn. We think it started when RaeAn’s “baby baba” finally went bad and we stopped her bottle three times a day. For the first week after she “quit” she just wasn’t her sweet, normal self. She started to have more temper tantrums, more anger and exhibit extreme frustration with an increasing separation anxiety. Her latest phrase is:
Mama No Leave!
She found the story in her children’s Bible where Moses’ mother had to put her baby in the river and got very upset saying, “Mama sad, Mama sad.”
While watching a Winnie the Pooh video where the Mama Elephant lost her baby, RaeAn got so upset at the story that she had to turn it off.
Yesterday she brought in a big stuffed rabbit and a little stuffed rabbit and said, “Mama Rabbit, Baby Rabbit. Mama no leave.”
Since the day RaeAn went to live with her foster mother after she was found at the orphanage until recently she’s been on a bottle three times a day. We wonder if the loss of this comfort that she’s had these past few years has triggered this increased sense of anxiety and fear that Christine is going to leave.
This week is much better than the first but she still cries and asks for her “baby baba” sometimes. Even toddlers mourn and experience the feelings of loss. And RaeAn has experienced more lost than most at her age.
Join us as we pray for RaeAn, that God will comfort her heart and let her know that truly, Mama No Leave. Even more so, God No Leave. Pray also for Christine, she’s exhausted…
Thank you again for your prayers for our family, life and ministry this week in Rwanda. God is listening and He is answering!