I’m not going to lie, having 3 kids is HARD. We currently have our 4&5 year old fosters and now an almost 2 year old pre-adoptive placement. Currently little A is still in her original school. We didn’t want to transition her all at once. However, the school is giving us a bit of a hard time and has projected some negative attitudes towards us so we are going to switch her sooner than anticipated. They seem to not understand the situation here and act like we took her away from her foster mom. Her foster mom has chosen not to adopt which is how she ended up with us.
Besides the exhaustion, week 1 went pretty well! She now points as my husband and I and calls us mama and Dada. She started out the week only wanting to be held by me, but now she will let my husband hold her and she will play with the other kids without me being in the room. She’s starting to learn how to say their names.
She HATES her new car seat. We quickly realized that she was able to undo the chest buckle on the car seat she came with so we put her in a new one. She hates that she can’t get out of it.
On Monday we met with out case worker and determined it will be another 8-10 months before the adoption process isfinalized . The state of GA requires that the child be “observed” in our home for 6 months before the court can finalize the adoption. That 6 months won’t even start for another month or so.
We spent a lot of time with her grandmother. On Saturday we had lunch at the park with her grandmother, papa and great grandmother. On Sunday her grandmother watched her for a few hours so we could re-do the girls’ bedroom.
Speaking of the girls’ room – when we bought our house last year, we bought a house that was smaller and never planned on having three kids. We had to get a bit creative with space. We saw This solution on Apartment Therapy and decided to give it a go.
We are really happy with how it came out, but it was not a quick project at all! We decided to stain and poly all the peices before assembling. That meant we had to stain and poly one side, and then flip all the peices over and do it again. This, on top of 2-3 kids, full time jobs, work related travel and 2 stomach bugs, it took weeks.
We went with a gray stain after seeing Varathane/Rustoleum Sunbleached Here and loved the way it came out. It looks a little solid in the photo but you can still see the wood detail come through and it’s gorgeous.
So at the end of week one, everyone is happy. Little A is a silly, happy girl and she has changed our lives for the better.