Adoption #2: She Called Me ‘Mama’

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When I tell you this little girl is learning EVERY DAY …..   it is no joke. She’s been a few words here and there for a while now. General things that let us know what she wants to do/h20170221_154233ave/eat. Well, last night she said, “Hi mama” clear as day like she had been working on it and was just waiting to whip it out on us. Lol

She’s 15 months old and this morning she woke up and is on a ‘mama’ streak! Lol About 40% of what she has said has ended with a ‘mama’! How funny! I can’t wait to see where the day takes us linguistically! Lol

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Turns Out We Are NOT Licensed

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.

Adoption #2: Today She Cried

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Today, she cried.

She didn’t wail.

She didn’t scream.

Today, she cried the way I’ve heard other babies cry. I was in en suite bathroom and she was in her crib. Apparently, she didn’t want to read any more books so she started crying. I was busy and used to her screeching for extended periods of time, so I said, “You’re okay mamas ….  I’m right here” and then went on about my chores.

It took me a minute to realize it but she had cried for a little bit (not wailed) and then rolled over, grabbed her bottle, and went to sleep. The silence surprised me so I went to check on her. As soon as I came through the doorway, I could see her lying on her back with her bottle in her mouth and her left leg thrown over the right.

I walked closer to her crib to make sure that she really was okay. I saw her little chest rising and falling so I smiled to myself and went back to my chores. She’s been with us about three months and it seems that she may have realized that #1 she doesn’t have to screech to get our attention #2 she usually has a bottle or a pacifier nearby #3 it’s okay to just let yourself fall asleep in a cozy spot.

She’s eating yummy solids (she had Sizzler’s steak and shrimp for the first time this week), playing with her brother, learning to get out of the way of Edgar’s tail, and apparently getting comfortable with us.

Yay!