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”
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”
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”
Happy first day of spring! It’s a beautiful day today! Lots of sunshine and warmth to welcome the changing seasons. We don’t have much planned for today. I hope to get outside for a walk and just simply take in the wonders of nature. To welcome spring, I changed out our front door wreath andContinue reading “happy first day of spring!”
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”
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”
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”
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”
Whew! I took the last two weeks off from writing to focus on helping Sumner recover from his surgery and then to do some recharging for myself. The couple of days before his surgery were busy! On the Tuesday before surgery, we had to take him in for his COVID test as a negative resultContinue reading “closing out 2020”
**This post is coming out the day before we have Sumner’s g-tube surgically removed. It’s been a whirlwind of a year!** One of the last things that a new parent wants to hear is that their child needs a surgery to install a gastrostomy tube (g-tube). But there we were, well over 100 days intoContinue reading “deciding to get a g-tube: a feeding aversion journey”
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