Have you ever considered foster parenting? Did you know that there is a shortage of quality foster homes and so many babies and children in need? I never even thought about it until now. After two weeks of foster parenting my step granddaughter, I am hooked and ready to do it again! Ever child needs to be nurtured and stimulated and sometimes parents just can’t. I had some incorrect assumptions about it and wanted to share them in hopes of inspiring some of you awesome moms to consider foster parenting too!
- I thought having home inspections would feel invasive but so far they really haven’t. Turns out they are a great motivator to tidy up!
- I thought our house would be too small with only two bedrooms but the crib fits in the kid’s room just fine and is actually nice and cozy!
- I thought my own kids would have difficulty adjusting to this new little person in our home but my daughter has become a great mother’s helper and my son is learning how to interact with someone younger than him.
I did have a lot of fear. It is a big responsibility. What if something happened to her. I chose to set that fear aside. Fear is not a good enough reason to not do a good deed. I really do believe it take a village and the feeling I have from helping and hopefully making a positive difference in this child’s life is wonderful but I also have to tell you that the compensation is great (at least here in Massachusetts)! In addition to the monthly allowance the state also provides money for clothes and gifts.
If you have any questions please ask!
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In addition to a husband and wife, parents, children, and siblings, there is now a grandfather, step grandmother, foster parents, an exceptionally young uncle, an aunt, a grandchild, and a niece in our house. All these new roles were delivered in one adorable little 16 month old bundle last week.
After just two days this little miss has identified me as the mother “type” in the house and cries when I leave and shows jealousy when she sees me cuddling my son and daughter. I am surprise at how quickly this happened and I am absolutely amazed at what an easy baby she is! She will eat anything and everything. She ate (neatly I might add) a peanut butter and jelly sandwich today and then swiped half of my daughters. She loves her milk but will also drink water. She loves bananas and oranges. She’s had eggs and broccoli too. So far there hasn’t been anything she hasn’t liked! She sleeps great, wakes in a good mood, and never complains or cries! I had no idea babies could be this easy! My daughter is proving to be an excellent mother’s helper. My son is a bit baffled by her baby antics but I am certain this experience will prove to be character building for him.
There is really no way to not get attached to this happy little baby but truthfully It will feel really good to hand her to back to her mama in a couple months because it will mean that my step daughter is doing well and that will be great. Until then we are planning to have lots of fun with our little visitor!
An update of my symptoms…
It is late but I am having a moment of clarity about how I feel about my symptoms so I think I should try and capture it.
There is nothing I can’t do. Okay I can’t unbutton buttons with my left hand lately but my right gladly fills in. And Continue reading
We are SO happy to finally be home after almost two weeks in Florida! We had such a great adventure driving down the east coast, visiting Disney for the first time, spending time with relatives, and attending my sister’s wedding is Southern Florida. It was so jam packed we hardly made it to the beach!
I am planning several posts inspired by our Florida trip including… Continue reading
As promised, here is my Instagram road trip travel log! Months ago we decided to drive down to Florida for my sister’s wedding since it is during school vacation week when airfare is so steep. I was surprised at how well the kids did on our more than 1,500 mile drive! It was their first time. They had their Kindles, books on tape, and took plenty of naps! Their favorite was Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin which we listen to twice! And since we had to leave a day early we had a nice afternoon in DC. We also spent 2 days at Disney and I promise to post about that soon.
Start of the storm
I think we were in denial about the storm actually hitting. By the time we started taking it seriously it was too late to get out entirely ahead of it. Continue reading
My blogging friend, Mia, recently asked me how I manage work, be a mom, and blog. As if she doesn’t know! She had 3 kids with busy schedules and 3 awesome blogs (Pragmatic Mom, I Love Newton, and Jade Luck Club). She posts to Pragmatic Mom at least once a day and her other blogs are very current too. Not only that but since her posts are educational they are always well researched which requires time too!
All mom bloggers manage to blog on top of an already full life. I get a lot of satisfaction and community out of it. Being home all the time as a mom can be isolating and blogging can really help fill that void. Continue reading
- The serrated edges of my daughter’s 3 brand new teeth
- Harvest Moon, the latest song my husband is learning to play
- My daughter’s latest interest in jumping rope
- The stack of story starters my daughter made with lined paper on the photocopier that simply say “Once upon a time…”
- My son’s new interest in sculpture and his air dry clay creations he calls “sculptions” that he think are going to make him rich
- Really getting to look at my daughters face and eyes on Sunday morning when she forgot her glasses
- Our library tote full of great picture books hand picked by our awesome librarian (included: Jonathan & Martha, I’m Bored, An Awesome Book of Thanks, Life in the Ocean, and Twelve Kinds of Ice)
and a bonus… Continue reading
Next week the cuddliest boy in the world will turn 5 years old. He is truly the cuddliest boy. He insists on at least a hundred hugs from me a day. And they are the full-body wrap-around monkey-style hugs. Sometimes he will say “care for a hug”, sometimes he will say in the middle of the day “let’s go cuddle in bed together (sometimes and read books sometimes not)”, but usually he just climbs all over me. In fact, guess where he is right now, my lap of course. Oh and occasionally he wants me to pick him up and do the “lovey dance”. Yup, the cuddliest boy! Continue reading
Happy New Year Everyone! The new year is a great time to reflect back and set goals for moving forward.
You know what I do not miss about working full-time at a company? Performance Reviews! And I worked for an amazing and incredibly fair company! It is just that I don’t like any mention of areas for improvement. I suppose you could say that this avoidance is an area for improvement of mine but who cares because I make the rules here! Here we focus on success, how to build on it and how to migrate it towards my latest whim. So here we go… Continue reading
I thought it was about time for an update about me and my weird symptoms. I think it will help me to get some thoughts down too.
For starters my MRI brain scan came back fine. No lesions. There was one abnormal blood vessel that the technician noted by my neurologist thinks it is a structural difference and not a concern and could in no way be causing my symptoms.
The MRI images were fascinating! It was like looking at a 3D animation of my brain as she quickly scrolled through the layers of images. I think I was extra amazed because I was looking at my OWN brain! Continue reading