Welp … they just had their first street fight. Baby Girl won by technical knock out. Her finishing move was grabbing his hair and throwing him to the ground. He threw in the towel at that point.
I know they said kids that are close in age fight a lot when they are young but end up close in their teenage years but no one told me to expect actual, physical fights. They are babies so the damage was minimal but still .. … ugh.
I woke up this morning in a bed without urine and without toddler. I was confused for a few moments and then I heard her climb out of her bed, come down the hall, and open our bedroom door. Lol
On the one hand, I’m excited to have my bed back. On the other hand ….. she’s getting older. My baby is less baby-like by the day …
Chillin’ at the grand’s house. #HairIsPoppin #AfroPuffs
She walked around 11 months.
She started babbling around 13 months.
She’s 15 months old today and I just realized that she’s been talking for a bit now. She regularly says “thank you”, “up”, “apple”, “no”, “I want … (then she’ll sign milk)” and a few others I can’t remember just now. She’s definitely going to the smarty party! Lol
It seems that she’s just soaking up new things every day. She seems to understand 95% of what we say and now she’s able to speak. This girl is impressive.
Well, it’s taken our baby girl six months but she finally likes her grandma. Lol We visited the grands today and the baby went over to her several times, let grandma hold her, and even put her head on grandma’s shoulder. It’s been a long journey but it’s nice to see things finally coming together.
Our youngest’s social worker came by this evening and told us that since we were licsensed again, she would be able to transfer baby girl’s case from foster care to adoptions. When I asked her if she had already compiled the documents she needed to sent to adoptions, she wasn’t sure what I was talking about and then said that adoptions compiled everything. Well, that’s clear as mud.
Last time, our adoption worker seemed to have a better handle on things so I guess I’ll wait until she comes back out. Lol I also asked her about getting the baby’s ears pierced and getting passport. She said that we should just get ’em pierced. When I mentioned that I had asked previously but I wanted to wait until I had the okay from the county, she was like, “Well …. parental rights have been terminated …. just do it”. Alrighty then …. she could have told me that waaaaaay back in September. Anyhoo ….
When I asked about the passport she laughed and said that we’d have to get the baby’s passport. Okay. That wasn’t what she said last time. I told her that I thought we were waiting on something from the court and she said that we’d need a birth certificate and we’d have to go to the Post Office. Yeah ….. we’ve done this three times …. we know how it works. Lol She seemed to be trying to remember that we’d need to get a birth certificate. When I reminded her that we had a copy of the birth certificate because we’d flown with the baby twice, she seemed surprised. SHE was the one that gave us the birth certificate! LOL I clarified again that we didn’t need a document from the court and she said, “No”. I’ll make an appointment and see how that goes.
She also said that we hadn’t been paid for the last two months and that we’d be receiving the back pay. I thought we wouldn’t be paid since, apparently, we weren’t licensed. I’m not sure if she knows what she’s talking about. Lol
Anyhoo … everything looks back on track. I’m looking forward to signing the adoption papers and getting a finalization date.
We got an email from the baby’s social worker telling us that although licensing came out in December, and made no mention of any problems, we did not have a valid license. It turned out that we each needed to complete 8 hours of training that we could do online for $40.
After doing that and sending over our training certificates, I wasn’t sure what the next step would be. Today, we got a call from licensing saying that she needed to come back out to our house so we could sign the papers that would make our license valid again.
After arrival, she told me that she didn’t get my certificates but she got my partner’s certificate. *blank stare* If that was true, then why did she call us and come out to have us sign the paperwork? I’m not sure what is going on with this lady. I printed my certificates out and gave them to her. She had us sign the paperwork and she was on her way.
I don’t know what that was all about. *shrugs*
I missed the call but I read the email: there was a problem with our license and could we please call.
Uh oh …
I called her social worker that told me that they were trying to move baby girl’s case from foster care to adoption but they couldn’t because it turned out that our home wasn’t licensed. *blank stare*
I called the lady that came out and did our inspection. She told us that we still needed to complete eight hours of training each for our license to be valid. She also gave us thirty days to complete that training. That’s fine but I’m not sure why:
- She didn’t say that when she came out here and did the inspection.
- We didn’t receive a letter in the mail saying that we were NOT licensed and what we needed to do to become licensed.
Anyhoo …. it turns out that the free classes from our local community college don’t start up again until mid-January. It also turns out that we could take the classes online. We found a website where you can take classes for $10 each. I completed all eight hours in about 3.5 hours online for $40. Ugh … if she would have said this a month ago it could have been taken care of a month ago.
I was worried that they were gonna come take baby girl away since our home wasn’t licensed. That was really scary. Thankfully, no one even mentioned that but I still wish licensing would have been upfront and clear from jump so this whole situation could have been avoided.