We are now in our 11th month of fostering. Baby L came to us last July. She is 11 mos. old now! She is the cutest, happiest, funniest baby I know. She is talking, saying a few words that amaze us at times. She waves, claps, does some baby sign, and was even singing into a play microphone tonight! She laughs at everything, loves kittens and music, and is very smart.
Baby C is now 2 months old! Since she was a preemie, her corrected age is actually 3 weeks old, though. She is gaining more head control, tracking better visually, and eating every 3 hrs. She is sweet. She is precious. I think I would love to fill my house full of babies, I just love fostering babies!
Although I would love to, I know that we are at our limit at this time. Juggling two babies has been hard at times, but not as difficult as I thought. I think the age span between the two works, as the littlest sleeps alot, and when the older one goes down for naps, the little one usually wakes up, and has her one on one time.
As far at their cases go, everything is still up in the air. Baby L's birth mom remains in jail, with a trial coming up sometime in the near future. It is a serious charge. She will either be found guilty, or be released. If she is released, she will more than likely get one more chance to attend rehab, and attempt to get her life together.
Baby C's case may get changed to adoption in approx. 5 months. Right now, mom and dad are being asked to do all the usuals, drug tests, rehab, parenting classes, etc. So far it doesn't appear they are complying, but they swear their child should not be in foster care and they are contesting everything in court...which in turn draws this process out longer, and longer.
It's been an interesting ride so far. We are praying things speed up for the sake of both of these babies. For now, we wait...and I am just loving holding them in my arms, playing with them, and loving them...for as long as they need me. Fostering babies is not about me, and what I want and hope for. For me it is about the babies, and their needs. I can't be worried or concerned about when or if they will go. The way I see it, life is short. God has blessed me with so much. I need to use the time I have to do things that are not about me, but about God's business, and children are His business. It's not always easy, but God doesn't always call us to do the easy thing. No matter the outcome, I will know these children are in His hands. For now, we wait, we pray, and we thank God every day for the time He gives us with each child. Fostering babies has actually helped me to be a less selfish person, and for that I am so thankful!