Baby Yes!S and I and our families are incredibly excited!
We called first thing this morning and got things started to bring our boy home. Now I feel like I am going to explode if I don't see him soon ;). S has to go to that wedding this weekend and won't be back until Sunday. Obviously I can't meet the boy for the first time without his future Daddy, so we wait.
We're supposed to set up a few visits with him and his foster parents over the next couple of weeks and then all the paperwork should be through to bring him home permenantly!
We will technically foster him for a while. The trial for the termination of his parents' right will happen in mid-October. They haven't been in contact at all since last year, so there should be no issues with that. Then there is a time for an appeal and a two week window where family members can come forward. There is some slight chance that someone may appear, but as far as anyone knows all possible family placements have been identified and didn't work out. Plus, judges usually don't look too fondly on family members waiting until the last minute to step up. Once that period's through it will take several months for the adoption to actually go through.
Honestly, right now all I want is to get my greedy little hands on him. I cannot wait to see him and see him smile.
We talked to his current foster mom last night. They have had him since he was 2 months old. He is just shy of 13 months old. She said he is very sweet, happy, loves going outside, sleeps well, loves to eat, and just had his one year check up and was on target verbally and above average with his motor skills. She has tons of pictures, videos and all of his stats she will give us.
This is going to be a hard time for her and her family. She cried on the phone last night. They are older and homeschool their 5 kids and want the baby to be somewhere he can have more one on one attention. We assured her that we hope her family will stay in his life and we'd be open to any contact they desire.
We have lots to do and rearrange over the next couple of weeks. We want to get LG set up and comfortable in a new room. New McQueen sheets should help with that. We want to find out every thing we can about the baby and his routines so that the transition can be as easy as possible on him. We want to make sure LG gets lots of attention during this time, too, he's always been adaptable but definitely doesn't need to feel like he is losing his position in our family. We want to try to relax and get some rest. I have no doubt the transition will be exhausting for everyone. I want to start a journal so that the baby will one day be able to know how excited we were to bring him into our family.
But right now, we just have to wait. We still can't believe this is happening. I didn't even know we were on the list to be called for adoption placements. Everything I've heard is that it is almost unheard of to get a placement of a young, healthy child so close to adoption. We'll forever be thankful to the caseworker for thinking of us and giving us this opportunity. She was the one who had to take our girls away and now she is giving us the gift of parenting this little boy. What a world.
Please keep him in your prayers. Losing your home and family is never easy, especially for a young child. I pray that he will quickly find comfort and security with us.