Friday, January 6, 2012

Moving Forward - Update on Timing & A Bedroom

We have decided to sit back, relax and let the road to becoming licensed to foster wind it's way in front of us. Those of you who know me best, must know how hard this is on me. It's not that I have to have a placement right away, it's just that once I start something, I want to finish it right away. It also makes me crazy to hurry up...and then wait. However, I should be familiar with that concept after Daniel's adoption!!

However, at this point, I'll be heading into tax season at work and then right after (as in the week after it ends) we are headed to Florida for a trip to Disney World, Islands of Adventure and Sea World.

Since initially we thought we would be done and possibly have a placement as early as December or this month, we were preparing to take an additional child to Disney. Since it's not going to happen, we are prepared to tell our workers (should they decide to move forward suddenly) that while we would love to finish the licensing requirements ASAP, that we will not take a placement until after my busiest work season and our trip to Disney.

A new child coming into your care is enough of an uproar without taking said child immediately on a trip. I can't even imagine the setback that could do with forming bonds and a safe and secure environment for them. Plus, we don't want them to think the we go to Disney all the time!!

This means when we return we can settle back down into our regular routine. I won't be working all five days and weekends and will be able to focus better on a new child and on adjusting our family to the new routines that we will undoubtedly have to fall into.

That being said, we are moving forward on fixing our guest/extra storage bedroom and turning it into a child's bedroom.

Since we don't know age (we specified 0-4) and since we don't know how many (we specified up to 2 children), we are keeping the double bed in the room and adding our crib (which can be converted to a toddler bed as well. If we find we don't need the crib, we'll remove it.

We'll be using Daniel's baby bedding and other saved items to finish the room off.

I've been sorting Daniel's toys and keeping some things in bins so I can easily pull them out and use them. We've even picked up some girl toys and sorted them into bins as well. Since my older sister has a 6 month old, she has promised to be on call and to "set me up" should we get an infant within hours of placement with things like bottles, etc. I've already received some cans of formula (not sure how long they last-will have to check on that) and one or two bottles to get started right away should we get an infant.

Here is a "before" picture of the room we'll be working on. Keep in mind, I've been using it to sort toys etc., so I have some work to do!! I'll update with a picture of the finished room soon!

Oh and in case you are wondering, Daniel wants a brother AND a sister! Oh boy!!!


Chris said...

Praying for patience for you as you wait for everything to come to fruition. Tax season will come and go before you know it.

JennStar said...

That sounds like a wise move. But so excited about your trip to Mickey. We are about an hour away and go to the area often, so if you have any questions, I'm here! ;o)

Patti said...

Wow, it sounds like a new adventure ahead of you in 2012 - fun and challenging times! I agree waiting can be hard, but you have to live in the present as well. I have to remind myself of that often. I hope you have a fun time at Disney and that tax season doesn't get too crazy! I haven't updated my blog in forever, but hope to do a quick post this week. If you don't have access, shoot me an email!

Carey and Norman said...

So glad to see you are preparing a room for your new addition(s). I am getting excited about your family growing and cannot wait to hear the sex and age(s) of the child/ren you will be chosen to parent! Please let me know if/when you receive news!!

I hope your year is going well so far! I'll try to call soon!

Gary & Rosalie Clute said...

Hello! It's been awhile since we posted on your blog but saw mention of your upcoming trip to Florida. It would be nice to meet you in person if you have time for a quick get-together. Rosalie and I both work at Disney so maybe we can hook up one time when you are at the Parks.

Let us know!!