Monday, December 10, 2007
Adoption #2- Baby Bug is growing!
Sorry I've been absent lately. It's been a bit busy with an almost 3-year old and a 4 week old in the house. :)

All is well here. Snuggle Bug still likes having the baby around. And Baby Bug is growing! She had her follow-up doctor's appointment last Thursday and she's now 7 pounds, 20 1/2" long. That means that in the week that we've had her she's gained a pound and has grown an inch! Hooray! Our pediatrician is quite pleased and has said that he can wait for the normal 2 month appointment to see her again.

Interestingly enough, CPS mandated that Baby Bug's parents attend all medical appointments for her, to prove their commitment I guess. I learned of this at the hearing on Wednesday and they were instructed to meet us at the doctor's office for this appointment last Thursday.

When I told Oronzo this, he said he was uncomfortable having to interact with the parents without a CPS worker present. What if they got difficult about ending the time with Baby Bug when the appointment was over and it was time for everyone to go? What if they wanted to take her with them? What if, heaven forbid, they were under the influence when they arrived?

My agency worker told us that we were not to leave the parents with the baby unattended. We were to be with her at all times. If they took off with her, we were to call 911.

As first time foster parents, we felt very awkward about this situation. I called our pediatrician and explained the situation. He told me not to worry. Since his office is on a hospital campus, he could call their security and they'd be there in minutes to help. And he'd know if they arrived under the influence and would act accordingly. That made us feel a bit better, knowing he'd be watching our back. We decided not to take Snuggle Bug along for this appointment, just in case there was trouble.

Our worrying ended up being for nothing. Oronzo got to the appointment early and Baby Bug's parents arrived shortly thereafter, on time for the appointment. While there, they were courteous, cooperative, and expressed their thanks over and over to Oronzo for taking such good care of their baby girl and for the pictures that I had given them at the hearing.

Oronzo offered to let them hold Baby Bug during and after the exam and they did, but when the appointment was done and after they had chatted with the baby and Oronzo for a bit, they kissed the baby, telling her it was time to go, and handed her back to Oronzo with no prompting.

Baby Bug's parents brought a large duffle bag full of baby clothes, they told Oronzo that they brought everything she owned so that we could use it while she was with us! They also brought us her infant car seat. As her parents and Oronzo left the doctor's office, Baby Bug's dad helped load all her things in our car. Then both her parents said their goodbyes and walked to the nearby bus stop to catch the next bus.

Now we wait to find out when their supervised visits with Baby Bug begin again. At the hearing last Wednesday, CPS said they'd get two 2-hour visits per week, to be held at a CPS office, but no one said when they'd start. I would guess they'd start sometime this week.

I'll keep you posted!

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At 7:42 AM, Blogger Carey said...

Im so glad the visit went well. What a relief! Can relax just a little now.
Thats such a great gain for the little one. Many prayers and praises for you and your family.

At 8:00 AM, Blogger Kari said...

I am a long time lurker on your blog. Just wanted to let you know I have enjoyed going on your adventure to get another baby. What an amazing job you are doing with baby Bug!

At 8:40 AM, Blogger Kathleen Marie said...

How wonderful you are doing... This little one is thriving under your care. I continue to keep you all in our prayers. Hugs!

At 10:13 AM, Blogger Heidi @ GGIP said...

That is so good that she gained a pound!! Also a good sign that the parents are complying with all the rules and stuff so far.

At 12:25 PM, Blogger Happy Momma said...

Wow! That is a huge praise to the Lord that she is growing and thriving!!

What a relief that everything went well at the doctors office, and to be honest I am surprised they came. I hope they are sincere when they say they will do what it takes, and that they continue this positive trend.

At 12:34 PM, Blogger abebech said...

So glad to hear she's doing so well, but not at all surprised that she's thriving in your care.
Best to all of you.

At 1:15 PM, Blogger Emily said...

You must be so conflicted -- wanting to adopt a baby but also wanting her parents to have their chance. You are amazing.

At 5:34 PM, Blogger Tracey said...

Glad to hear that things are going well. Also, that her parents are trying so hard. May they continue to do so, for her sake, or decide to not parent, for your sake...

At 5:38 PM, Blogger chelle said...

Wow that totally would be nerve racking so glad all went so well. So it sounds like she will be at your home for Christmas. What an amazing gift.

At 5:19 AM, Blogger Barbie@ Mamaology said...

It's been a long time since I visited. A lot to catch up on!

Sounds like you are doing a wonderful job caring for this sweet little girl.

At 11:54 AM, Blogger julie said...

Wow, that must be really hard on you. I am praying for your family.


At 7:26 PM, Blogger on the Rock said...

Wow, this is truly touching. I always wonder too about the security issues in foster visits. Glad your first visit went well.

At 6:55 AM, Blogger Cris said...

Hi... you visited my blog sometime ago and just now I am paying you a visit and thrilled with your blog. The pictures on your left nav bar are wonderful, you live in such a beautiful place! I hope all goes well with all the visits... blessings.

At 12:10 PM, Blogger Jenn @ Munchkin Land said...

That is such wonderful news! I am so enjoying reading about this time in your lives. Whether it's temporary or not, it obvious you're enjoying having a baby in the house. Thanks for keeping us updated!

At 3:39 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

glad to hear she is thriving with you guys and the dr appt went so well with them being there too. How nice that they brought her stuff and helped Oronzo with taking it out to the car. Sure seems like they are trying their hardest!

At 2:32 PM, Blogger Sylvie said...

WOW I have to catch up I am such a bad friend! I didnt know you had a new baby in your home! I am glad that the doctor's visit turned out well. I'll have to go now and catch up on your posts!

At 9:36 PM, Blogger Melinda Zook said...

Wow, that is interesting. I never knew they would advise to do something like that. I am so glad though that it worked out and you didn't need to worry. I hope it continues to go smoothly for you.

At 8:51 AM, Blogger Aunt Murry said...

Hello, I've beena bsent for a while and look how much things changed! Wow! I hope all is well with Baby Bug and that things with the birth parents go well. You are doing a fantastic thing!

At 3:09 PM, Blogger GLouise said...

Wow, I have been away for a while, and had no idea there was another little one in your house! Prayers to everyone involved!!

At 7:06 PM, Blogger Kimmie said...

May God give you an excess of Love, strength, wisdom and protection as you bless this wee one with your love.

When it seems to difficult, give it to God and see what He will show you.


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