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Haitian Orphan Settles In To New Home In MD

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The Hubner children from left to right: Ila (age three), Mathis (age four) and Jonas (15 months).
Rebecca Sheir
The Hubner children from left to right: Ila (age three), Mathis (age four) and Jonas (15 months).

By Rebecca Sheir

A family in Frederick, Maryland is celebrating the arrival of its newest member, an adopted 3-year-old who arrived this week from Haiti.

Dave and Christie Hubner had two children: 4-year-old Mathis and 15-month-old Jonas.

Their adopted child Ila Yslande Ann Hubner is squirming on the changing table, as her adopted grandmother, Ginny Bishop, tapes on a much-needed new diaper.

"She had a big, a big problem with U.S. food, I think," says Bishop. "She loves it, but not yet. Whooh! El stinko!"

Another adjustment for Ila is language. The toddler was brought up in Creole, and Bishop, who used to live in Haiti, knows a bit.

"My mother has been here staying with us and she also speaks some Creole," says Christie Hubner, Ila's new mom. "So that has been extremely helpful. But she's already picked up a few English words."

English words like "hello." And just yesterday, Ila's dad Dave heard her say "daddy"...or was it "doggy?"

"At first I was like, 'that was daddy,'" he says. "But then she looked at the dog and called it 'doggy,' so I was like, 'she was saying 'doggy,' you know, I was kind of a little bit dejected. But then last night my mother-in-law and sister-in-law were here and I was playing with her. And she was like, 'Daddy!' and I was like, 'aw, she said 'doggy' again.' And they were like, 'no, that was 'daddy.'' So I was like, 'yes!'"

The Hubners say they plan to enroll Ila in preschool this fall. In the meantime, they're carrying around a well-thumbed paperback titled Creole Made Easy.

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