1. It doesnt’ matter if a child in our home is biological, adopted, or fostered….I will love them unreservedly. I fell in love with teeny tiny little guy completely and so did everyone else around me. If a child is in your care, you love them….
2. My boys are going to be okay when Lyla comes. Their capacity for loving another child was so fun to watch unfold….they both quickly and easily fell in love with little guy too! They wanted to know where he was at every minute and what he was doing and they’ve been asking for him since he left. I’m more excited than ever to watch them get to know their little sister when she comes home!
3. Sleep deprivation while maintaining regular life is rough! :) Little guy did NOT sleep any of the four nights he was here. We took shifts, I’m very thankful to Mr. Incredible for being an equal partner in his care….keeping up with our usual daily responsibilities in addition to newborn care in the past couple of days has left us rather bleary eyed with fatigue.
4. It will always be hard to say goodbye…but it was totally worth opening my heart and home. I always want to be open to being shaken out of my comfort zone, and to help others in need regardless of their age or situation. I loved being a foster mom for a mere 4 days and I loved having him here, but…I don’t know when I will do it again since my schedule is such that it’s not easy to maintain everything without sleeping (if I got a newborn again) and because it was so hard to say goodbye even after just a few days. I would have totally kept him forever
5. It was fun to start a “life book” for him at the request of his social worker….I did a newborn photo shoot of him (of course!) and put together a scrapbook with his beginning story and photos and room for more photos through the years wherever he goes!