One year ago today I was sitting in my office at 10:00 am and got the call from my husband that there was a three month old baby girl that they needed to find a home for that day. They'd know for sure by noon but would we be willing to pick her up that day. It didn’t take long for us to agree that we were willing to take her. We agreed and by noon we knew that we were going to be getting another wonderful girl at 3:00 pm that day.
Luckily I had a car seat in my car that was a convertible for my other DD and I adjusted it so I could take her home. DH and I met at Social Services and I got there several minutes after him. I sat in the waiting room hearing this child screaming thinking I hope that's not her. It was, she cried for hours that day but then settled into the sling and took a nap and we all went out to dinner as a new family of five. It was funny to tell the dude that we got a baby on the way home from work. And my Miss M became a great big sister.
Charlie (baby D) was so sad that day and for days. She had a caregiver that had taken her home from the hospital and she had been with her every day for the last three months and she missed her terribly. It is hard to see a baby so young grieve a loss. We did get to see the lady one time two weeks later but then due to circumstances of being in foster care she wasn’t allowed to see her again. Her bio-mom did not want her visiting the lady. We will get to go see her again soon; it will be neat to see if they connect as easily as they did for the first visit. I do still keep her updated with pictures and calls. She loves to hear her milestones and misses her.
It was a flurry of activity that day, but proof that you don't need much when you take a baby home, food, diapers, car seat and the rest just fell into place eventually. I was blessed by friends again, with clothes and bedding, and special blankets.
We’ve started calling her by her new name that she will become when adopted sometime this year and Miss M has nicknamed baby D, Charlie. My sweet Charlie! A beautiful, sweet, smiley, adorable, curly-headed, 15 month old baby girl. She has enriched our lives more than I ever could have thought. It is the most beautiful thing to see Miss M dote on her baby and Dude love on his sweet baby who he insists is his. We always joke that the dude is mine and Miss M is hubbies, so dude thinks she is his.