It has been a while. Life is busy with three children, which I am sure more than one of you could have told anyone so I am sharing nothing new.
It is Groundhogs Day. The groundhog saw his shadow which means there will be six more weeks of winter which in Arizona means sixties, seventies and maybe some low eighties. It is going to be a rough end to winter.
Growing up I loved the Groundhog Day movie. Being a foster parent it seems like some situations are much like Bill Murray experienced. We see many of the same things happen and no matter what we do to try to “correct” something it still happens just as it would have if we had done nothing. If I wake up to “I Got You Babe” tomorrow morning I will certainly check my phone calendar to make sure it says February 3rd. Anyways… on to the updates.
A few weeks back all three of the little ones came down with a respiratory bug. Having three kiddos all sick is no fun. On that Saturday morning we went to an urgent care. Cheryl went inside and did the paper work things. I stayed in the car and had the kiddos watch “Frozen”. Surprisingly this worked like a charm. Cheryl came out and got us after about a half hour wait. We went straight back and all three kiddos were set up with meds to put them on the mend. For a solid week we were gave the kiddos those meds, it was like an assembly line. I think, in retrospect, it would have been much more complicated if one kiddo had gotten sick at a different time than the others.
Over the last week and a half we have gone from a third non crawler to a full time crawler. The little lady can go from one side of the front room to the other in less than a minute. I think that she is going to have a career in search and rescue. At the very least, she is pretty good at searching out and finding small pieces of things and cords and other things that she should not be grabbing. Pulling, eating or otherwise interacting with. She is still not super great at sitting up, but we are working hard on getting that down. It will not be too long before she is standing on her own and walking, which will be a whole different ball game.
Cheryl and I are still trying to get our schedule completely straight. Three different visit times a week that seem to happen on different days and times each week I guess will really do that to you. I think after this week all three will have parent aids. In comparing the time timing of obtaining a parent aid with our last placement all three now took about half the amount of time as it did before. Not really sure what that means other than it was quicker this time around. I think maybe in part because of changes in the overall process and possibly also because of when our first placement came into care.
We will do better with the updates in the coming weeks. Thanks for taking the time to read and the many kind comments we so regularly receive.