Becoming a Foster Parent

No More…

First let me apologize for not posting in such a long time.  We were concentrating on our foster child and then we had to take time to heal after she left our home. Throughout June, plans were being made for our foster child to go to her family in Colorado.  There was a team meeting… Continue reading No More…

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Update on our Foster Kiddo

Our foster child has been with us for 5 months now and it has been so much fun watching her grow, learn new things and get stronger.  She is now 16 pounds but when we fold her 6 month clothes, we are constantly thinking it is too small for her but they still fit. She… Continue reading Update on our Foster Kiddo

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Our Second Foster Kiddo: Part 3

Our foster child came home December 20 and, once again, we had a baby in our house.  We were excited about celebrating Andrew’s birthday and Christmas with this new addition.   Unfortunately, I got sick on the 22nd and quarantined myself to my craft room.  I set up a blow-up mattress and only came out… Continue reading Our Second Foster Kiddo: Part 3

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Our Second Foster Child: Part 2: Navigating Medi-Cal and Having a Baby in Our Home

(Can you do 2 colons in a title?  Well, I just did) So, we got to bring baby girl home on December 20th.  We were surprised with the task of having to choose a pediatrician and we were ill-prepared to make that decision (had they told us ahead of time, we would have been doing… Continue reading Our Second Foster Child: Part 2: Navigating Medi-Cal and Having a Baby in Our Home

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Our Second Foster Child: Part 1

We got a call on Monday, November 26 from our agency stating there was an infant in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) who needed a foster family.  The county where she resides collects information on all the potential foster families interested and choose the family they think would be the best fit.  We waited… Continue reading Our Second Foster Child: Part 1

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Our first placement, Part Three

Our foster child was in the ICU for 12 days.  During that time, Andrew, Allyn (my mother-in-law) or I stayed at the hospital.  There wasn’t much we could do for her - she was definitely well cared for by the nurses, respiratory therapists and doctors.  But, we felt like we needed to be there. I… Continue reading Our first placement, Part Three

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Our First Placement, Part 2

As the night progressed on Monday, the baby started working harder to breathe especially when eating.  I also noticed her secretions were getting thicker. It was too late for urgent care so our only option was the emergency room.  I packed her up in the car seat and headed out for our second trip. They… Continue reading Our First Placement, Part 2

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Our First Placement

Just to give you a reference of where Andrew and I were in our infertility journey when we got the call for our first placement: we got the news that there was no heartbeat on Tuesday and I had a D&C on Thursday. On Friday, we were watching the Sound of Music and eating a… Continue reading Our First Placement

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Getting Started

I first started looking into foster care around the time we switched clinics for our 2nd round of IVF.  Because of our “advanced” ages (still not easy to write) I didn’t want to wait to start the process because I’ve heard it can be lengthy.  I also thought it might be good to give myself… Continue reading Getting Started