With international adoption you 'expect the unexpected' but still, it takes time to process it. We were told that among other things, Wesley was blind. In Lyndi's 5 minute visit with him she realized he could at least see a little, but had no idea what his vision loss really entailed.
We've now been visiting with him since early November and I saw him once in September also. I've had custody of him for over 3 weeks and been home almost 2. We still don't have a very good grasp on what his vision is like.
When I try to figure it out... he always proves me wrong. In fact, I thought I had a pretty good grasp of things. He saw WELL (or fairly well anyway) up to about 12" away from his face. Going out 1-3 feet from his face he could still see some, but not details (such as whether I was holding food to feed him or just reaching for him). Anything more than about 3 feet he seemed to only 'follow' moving objects and if a voice was associated with them then he would recognize that that fuzzy creature was in fact mom.
That's what I thought.
But Monday I grabbed some dry cereal to eat in the car so I could take the kids to school and then go on to a host of other errands. Wesley sits on the front bench in the middle seat in our van. And wouldn't you know... he got ANGRY when I started munching on cereal!
Now, he IS about 3' away from the dashboard in that position (maybe even a little closer) but, I really didn't expect him to be able to tell that I was eating cereal! Of course he'd already eaten breakfast, but that doesn't stop a former orphan from wanting everything that someone else has, especially if it's food :). Ok, so he could have smelled it, could have heard it... could have used other senses to know that I had some cereal. But what if... he SAW it? How awesome would THAT be???
Waiting for our referral to opthalmology to go through so we can begin to solve the puzzle with his vision.