Friday, August 08, 2008
Next Friday is going to be tough.
Baby Bug will be returned to her parents next Friday, 15 August, for good.  Even though we fully support this reunification and have a lot of respect for her parents and all they've accomplished these past 8 1/2 months, my heart is going to break a little once pack up all her things and deliver her home and leave without her for the last time.  I've told my boss that I'm taking that day off of work because I know I'll be in no mood to put on a brave face and do my job.  I'm probably going to want to go home and have a good cry!

We actually haven't had much time with Baby Bug these past two weeks.  Her parents are seeing her all day M-F and now they're up to three overnight stays per week.  We've also worked with them to make weekend visits happen as well.  Since she's going home soon, we all agree that it's important that Baby Bug get lots of quality time with her parents in preparation for that.  

It's been a gradual transition and Baby Bug is doing quite well going between both households.  She's seems well adjusted to both of our families.  Her parents tease that she actually seems a bit bored at their home, because she doesn't have Snuggle Bug and Boo to play with and to be entertained by.

The few nights that we do have her with us, I make a point to rock her to sleep and if she wakes up in the middle of the night wanting a bottle, I get it for her and stay up cuddling her a bit well after she's gone back to sleep.

As I was rocking her the other night, I marveled at how big she's gotten.  She came to us as a tiny 6 pound 10 weeks old and now she's 9 months old!  Her legs dangle over my lap when I hold her and she's getting heavy!

We've had the pleasure of seeing her finally start crawling and pulling up on furniture.  She crawls on our king-sized bed (not the floors yet) and the other morning we were all on the bed playing when she crawled right over to me and planted an open-mouthed kiss smack dab on my lips!  

Oh how I'm going to miss this sweet child!  

Please keep us all in your prayers, won't you?

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At 5:13 AM, Blogger Nicole said...

I will continue to pray for your family through this process. What you have provided for Baby Bug (and her parents!!) is so amazing and it will never be forgotten by her or her biological family. You stepped in when her parents couldn't and provided stability and love. Thank you for being a selfless soldier for God and living on the front lines.

At 7:00 AM, Blogger Cheri said...

Continuing to pray for your family - for both families

At 7:01 AM, Blogger Jen said...

I will pray for you all this next couple of days and after. This will be hard...but with God all things are possible.

At 8:23 AM, Blogger Ms. Kathleen said...

Oh my... A good cry for sure but what a wonder you have done and what a fabulous example you are to her parents. Know that hugs and prayers are sent your way... God Bless You!

At 10:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't imagine how hard this must be, and I am so glad that her parents have agreed to keep you in her life.

At 11:56 AM, Blogger Wani said...

Thats so hard. I'm sure it'll be rough on all of you but how wonderful that her parents have made positive improvements so that they can be a family again.

At 12:23 PM, Blogger Tara said...

Sending prayers your way and hoping for a smooth transition.

At 1:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Baby bug is very lucky to have such loving people in her life. Prayers for a smooth transition from your home and family to her biological family.

At 8:26 PM, Blogger heidi @ ggip said...

I know you are going to miss her, but you continue to do a good job with her, even in this time of transition.

At 9:07 PM, Blogger Just Lisa said...

So bittersweet. I really feel for you. May you have extra strength during the tough days ahead.

At 1:04 AM, Blogger pithydithy said...

"Bittersweet" is exactly what I was thinking, too. I am so happy that she and her parents have come so far. And, as long as we're giving credit where credit is due, y'all should get a ton of it! But I am so sad that she's going "home" when that means leaving yours. Hugs. I know this really hurts, but you should also be really proud of the role that you have played in her life.

At 9:00 PM, Blogger Forgetfulone said...

Of course we will continue to pray for you. I have to tell you how much I admire you for fostering.

At 9:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness. That must be incredibly hard for you. I admire you for all you've done for this little girl. You've been a blessing in her life.

At 4:45 PM, Blogger Barb said...

This has to be so difficult. I'm hoping that the transition will be at least a little easier because she's been with her parents so much lately, but I know you're hurting and you will miss her.

Still, what a blessing to have been a part of her life for the time you had with her. She's off to a wonderful start, thanks to you and your family, OW.

I'm commenting on your previous post too. I'm crossing my fingers about the dance studio and your tutus. Goodness. Can you imagine how busy you'll be? I can. For sure, I can. LOL

At 7:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can only imagine the hole her returning to her parents will leave in your heart.

At 2:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are praying everyday, but I will remember each of you and say an extra special prayer for you this Friday.

God will give you the strength!

At 10:01 AM, Anonymous Dawn said...

A very moving story!

Just thought you might like to know that your web site seems to load very, very slowly. Quite unlike other sites even those with lots of graphics. Don't know why, sorry!


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