Baby Z was reunited with his family! I am so happy for them that it’s hard to even be sad. But my house is very quiet since he left. His parents are sending me lots of adorable pictures which is helping the sadness. I feel like I should be more sad but honestly I’m so happy for them it’s hard to be too sad for myself. This is what I went into foster care for and it finally happened.
I bought baby Z and his family Christmas presents. I had been waiting for the outcome of court to buy him presents. Just because he went home doesn’t mean I won’t give them gifts though. I got the family matching stockings with their names on it, a Santa plate with Zs name on it, and an ornament. I also got Z a fun little toy for 12+. They have a lot of things for him now so I wanted to get something for later.
Bubba and I did nothing Saturday. It was awesome just to play with my little buddy all day. I think he likes having all the attention for a little bit. He is struggling having his room all to himself.
Our tree now has ornaments. I had just lights because Z got into everything but now I don’t have to worry about that.
Bubba decorated a ginger bread house. It was funny to watch. Only like 3 things ended up in his mouth.
Bubba is officially out of pull-ups. He hasn’t worn them during the day in weeks. Now he no longer needs them for bed either. And he hasn’t had an accident in weeks. Yay!
We saw Bubbas mom again. We met at a museum so they could play, it was a lot of fun. Bubba didn’t stop building the whole time.
I got an early Christmas present. My parents got me a new dresser (I have had the same one since my 5th birthday) I love it and I feel grown up lol.
I finally have presents for everyone. Now I just have to wrap. Ugh.
Lots of court days and visits this next week. Pray for us
I bought my first Usborne Books and love them. I’m having Usborne Facebook party this Wednesday. Email me at email@example.com if you would like to join.
We went to see Diva and the rest of their siblings at zoo lights. It was a lot of fun and my parents joined in.
Baby Zs parents got the cutest elf gift for Bubba. OMG. They are so sweet and thoughtful.
Boys both had doctors appointments this week. Both are healthy and developmentally on track. She even said baby z was advanced. They did get 3 vaccines each. Bubba was fine for his own shots but freaked out that we were hurting baby z.
We had a Team meeting for Baby Z. The parents don’t have to include me but they do. I love that they see me as part of the team. It was also decided that I will start supervising visits.
We had our first visit together and it went really well. I love partnering with parents.
We had our Elf on the shelf breakfast. Our elves were lazy and we had cinnamon rolls. The boys enjoyed it.
I am done Christmas shopping for Princess and Bubba!!!! Yay! I’m waiting for Zs court date to shop for him.
I’m starting to plan parents Christmas presents this year. I think the kids are going to make something with paint on canvas. Most likely handprint art. I just don’t know what. Any ideas?
I have 14 more days of work left before Christmas break (not like I’m counting or anything)
We had an amazing Thanksgiving with my family and my God parents. My kids were the only one there so they got a lot of attention.
We went to a tree farm and the boys loved it. We can’t have a live Christmas tree due to my allergies but we got to pick one out for my parents.
My sister was in town so the boys were all over her and she loved it.
I shared my number with Baby Zs parents and it has worked really well. I have been able to share pictures and answer their questions. We have a communication notebook but I sometimes think things are better said over the phone.
We decorated for Christmas. It is very minimal this year due to having a toddler and a crawler. I won’t be putting ornaments on the tree till a couple days before Christmas. Eventually I will post about my favorite kid friendly Christmas decorations.
I finally raked up my leaves (my parents helped). I saw my neighbors doing it and went “oh crap I need to do that”.
We saw Princess and she had a sleepover . It was a great surprise. I love how well the three of them get a long.
I am enjoying the Holiday season this year for the first time in a while. Last year at this time I was failing as a mom and my life was in constant chaos and I ended up having to opt out of seeing Hailee for Christmas for her well being. The year before I barely saw Hailee and everything just happened with court. I love going into the holiday season with less stress and a whole lot of love in my heart.
Bubba’s Mom came. He hasn’t seen his parents or siblings in a couple weeks due to a DCFS problem. So he loved seeing her.
We had family pictures. It was amazing that we were able to coordinate with everyone’s schedule and have Princess be there as well. I needed a new picture for my fireplace because the current one is Hailee and I five years ago.
Baby Z learned to crawl and he crawls everywhere. He gets super angry when you are changing his diaper because he can’t crawl.
Baby Z turned 7 months. Not only is he crawling but he is eating solid food and trying to pull himself up off of everything.
Princess is starting homeschool. It is most likely only temporary but I think it is a great idea for her. Does anyone have any good resources?
Bubba learned how to verbally spell his name. We are currently working on pointing and naming the letters of his name. Does anyone have any ideas to help with that or to help him learn how to write it?
I went to the Bears Packers game with my best friends Sunday and it was amazing to have a day without kids. Too bad the bears lost.
It seems like we are all finally getting over our colds. It seems like we have had this thing for months.
I am starting to make everyone’s Christmas lists. I’m so behind because I’m not sure where either kids case is going so I am afraid to buy too much ahead of time. We do the something you want, something to need, something to wear, something to read.
I’m so busy with work that I’m struggling to get things done at home so our house is a little more disorganized then usually. I can’t wait for thanksgiving break.
We got our first snow!!!! It was only a little bit but we got to play outside in it.