Last Thursday we had a little angel delivered to us. Our foster baby girl is 4 weeks old and simply wonderful.
We got the call last Thursday around 3 in the afternoon. We were informed about this baby’s immediate situation and we were asked if we were up for fostering her. We said, “Yes.” Within a few hours, she was at our doorstep in her car seat carried by a DSS worker. What an amazing experience it was to see her and take in those life changing moments. After the DSS stork left, our family stood by her with mouths opened wide with amazement. She sat, angelic, in her seat sound asleep. For the next hour and a half we stared, smiled, giggled, and cried. Our lives would never be the same. There is one more to love in our home and for that we are extremely grateful.
She is a healthy baby girl. We don’t know how long she’ll be with us. It could be for a short while, a year, or maybe forever. We are enjoying the chance to give her all the love and attention she deserves. As the next few weeks come and go, we will learn more about her history and what direction the Social Services think this case is heading.
I have to find out if I can blog about her in a personal way. It would be fun to share pictures, but I will have to check that with our social workers.
I have to say that our children have been amazing. Julian, Madelyn, Kalen and Brayden have shown so much love to this foster child. Each of them, for the past five days, have asked to hold, feed, and carry this little one. I have seen each of them talk to her in a real endearing way. Scott and I have seen a sincere willingness and helpfulness from all of them, which is so refreshing. Just now, Julian came to me and showed me that he had put the leftover spaghetti in a storage container. Then he went back downstairs and outside to help Scott put away the bikes that were left out.
We are continuing our conversations with our kids about what fostering really means and how much uncertainty is involved. We had a little family meeting this morning. I complimented them on how caring and flexible they have been. We talked about how we don’t know how long we will have our foster baby, but we can give her love daily as she is now one of us, a sister and a daughter within our family.
How are Scott and I doing, you ask? We are doing well. As parents, this is an amazing opportunity. There have been moments over the past few days that we just stare at one another and grin. We can totally read one another’s mind. There have also been moments where we cackle, then wipe our brow and keep our head down as we work hard at giving to our children — all five. We can already tell this won’t always be easy, but we truly wouldn’t have it any other way. If you looked into the eyes of the child that we now hold, you’d see why.