our adoption story #7: waiting for the hearing

Today, I’m writing about the post-placement process and while we waited for our finalization hearing. Adoption takes many, many steps. With infant adoption, in general, the process goes: initial application home study training and waiting matching with an expectant mom birth and placement post-placement supervision finalization The State of Colorado requires families to wait atContinue reading “our adoption story #7: waiting for the hearing”

gardening thoughts #9: making plans for spring 2021

It was in the sixties last week. I had to laugh because all of my local gardening groups were in a tizzy talking about starting seeds indoors and when to plant outside. If you know anything about Colorado’s weather, then you know that the first hint of spring is always a lie. There is alwaysContinue reading “gardening thoughts #9: making plans for spring 2021”

hard truths

Sumner’s physical therapist said something during our last session that really hit home for me. She said, “Even though he’s almost two, he still functions mostly like a one year old.” Yes, I already knew this. But being reminded of it… again… hit me hard. You see, I’ve been dreaming of what comes next forContinue reading “hard truths”

making it to eating completely by mouth…the first time: a feeding aversion journey

If I’m being completely honest — and I usually am — the first few months of having Sumner home were some of the toughest months of my life. I still don’t know how we all managed to survive. Sumner was discharged from the NICU after a 152 days. He was exactly 5 months old, butContinue reading “making it to eating completely by mouth…the first time: a feeding aversion journey”

Sumner hates milk and what we do instead

Before I dive in, let me say that this post is about what has worked for us. Your mileage may vary and you should talk to your healthcare professionals if you’re concerned about your child’s growth. Sumner is a tough nut to crack. He’s very sensitive to change and can tell when things are differentContinue reading “Sumner hates milk and what we do instead”

our adoption story #6: bringing baby home and placement

Today, I’m writing about the placement process. Adoption takes many, many steps. With infant adoption, in general, the process goes: initial application home study training and waiting matching with an expectant mom birth and placement post-placement supervision finalization Our process was a bit different than most because we were matched with a baby who hadContinue reading “our adoption story #6: bringing baby home and placement”

upgrading the nursery to a toddler room

Holy cow! Who replaced my baby with a toddler?! I’m sure that I’m not the first nor the last mom to utter those words. But seriously, Sumner seems to have morphed into a toddler overnight. He’s much more mobile now and is constantly exploring his surroundings. It seems that we need to start changing hisContinue reading “upgrading the nursery to a toddler room”

behind the photo #1: crocheted afghan

My “behind the photo” series is the story behind my non-kid photos. I find that I spend lots of time talking and thinking about Sumner — and I’m sure most moms do this — and need to force myself back into some of my pre-kid hobbies that bring me joy too. I’ve been working onContinue reading “behind the photo #1: crocheted afghan”