You know how you really don't remember it's Nurses Appreciation Week unless you're a nurse or know someone who is? And you always forget about Secretary's Day unless you are a secretary or have one? (Or is it Administrative Assistant Day?) Well, here's another friendly reminder: May is National Foster Parent Month.
I didn't know that until this week when I got our monthly newsletter in the mail from the Children's Home, so don't feel bad if you didn't know. Joey and I have been foster parents since November 2010, and we got our first placement in December 2010, it was a little boy and a little girl. They left in August 2011, and in October 2011 we got our second placement, many of you know him as BB (Baby Boy). We still have him, and any day now we are getting a call for TWO little girls. We've already been selected as the placement for them, it's just a matter of CPS locating them and bringing them to us. That's right... we're about to go from a family with one little guy, to a family of one little guy and two little gals. ;) We're pretty excited/anxious/nervous about the whole thing!
We know it's going to be a HUGE life adjustment all over again. We know we will be out-numbered now (haha). We know it will be challenging, and we will be back to being sleep-deprived, new-parent zombies for a little while. We can't imagine how much our life will change, but no parent can. Our lives are about to get turned upside-down for a little while, but it's okay. Because it's not about us, it's about the kids.
Joey has already said that he's ready to get them and get the first two weeks over with. I guess in his mind, the first two weeks are the most difficult. I can see where he's coming from, we're about to start another beginning. And beginnings, although exciting, can be difficult. It's the unknown that gets me every time. Not knowing how the kids will act, how they will treat us, treat each other, treat Lorie (our dog). Not knowing what their schedules are like, what they like to eat, and so on. It's hard, this starting over thing. It was hard knowing what to do when we first got BB. But now, when he looks at me like I'm his mom, when he wakes up in the morning and gives me a big hug, when I can just look at him and he'll start smiling and giggling... it makes me forget about all the uncertainties of new beginnings and my insecurities along the way. Because in those moments, everything else is totally worth it.
If you would, please say a prayer for the little girls we're about to get and for us, that this adjustment period goes smoothly. I hope we get them soon! I can hardly wait to meet them.