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Foster Care

Adoption and Foster care has been on my heart for as long as I can remember. Really, since I was a little girl. I have a love and desire to help those in need; people, children, animals. Truthfully, the further we go down this road the scarier it gets. I cannot even tell you how many blogs I’ve read, of those walking this path. How many Instagram(which surprisingly has such a huge community of families in this) accounts I’ve followed (or stalked LOL)how many websites I’ve dug through and dissected every single word.
This process, getting started is lengthy and scary. And we’re getting ready to test out these waters.. There is so much information and so man horror stories. I’m both excited and terrified to see where this goes.
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Y’all I started this entry in June, over 200 days ago. So obviously we’re still “test the water” so to speak. But! Today, today we had orientation for foster care. I’ve been waiting for this day for over a month – when we finally decided to set a date to check it out. It was eye opening for sure. There were a lot of things that I knew but much more that I did not. For instance, approximately 18,000 children are “in care” in the state of Arizona. 18,000. FORTY percent – that’s 40% – of that 18,000 are in shelters, group homes or sleeping in the DES offices because there are no foster homes available to take them. That is crazy to me. Babies. Babies sleeping in shelters or offices because there is literally no where for them to go. That breaks my heart and calls me into action.
Another mind blowing fact… The ladies spent a good amount of time talking about adoption and how it’s meant to be permenant.. as in.. you adopt a child and should consider that child a part of your family p-e-r-m-a-n-e-n-t-l-y. Because apparently it is common enough practice to “return” children that you have adopted back to the state if you decide after that it isn’t working out. (insert shocked face here)
We are in the process of choosing our agency and once that is done we will begin training, background check, home study etc. Which could all take anywhere from 3-9months. 2016 is going to be huge. Prayers are welcome.

Here we go.

#2

Sean, Hayden and I are so excited to announce…

We are due with Baby #2 

ETA: November 2015! 

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I can’t even tell you how many times we’ve been asked “so when’s number 2 coming?!” Actually. We started getting that question what seemed like a couple months after Hayden was born. (Alright maybe she was closer to one 😉 ). I got so fed up with people asking that I just responded with “never, never-ever”. Truth? I really had no idea. I mean I felt like I JUST had Hayden and you’re asking me if I want another one now? No thanks. Well, now that Hayden is TWO (and she will be almost 3 when the baby comes). We had been planning for baby number 2 for months. Let me just tell you… with Hayden, I was fully prepared for it to take a few months and was a little shocked when it only took one. This time? it took a few longer than my liking… I think someone upstairs was telling me to settle down lol (or the big man was reminding me I didn’t want a summer baby) I’m not the most patient person… But I’m working on it!

I. Am. So. Excited!! I’m feeling a little more prepared in the sense of I know what’s to come. But also a little terrified of the unknown. I mean I’m sure going from 1 child to 2 is no walk in the park! Our girl, She’s a handful! The thought of dealing with pregnancy insomnia, nausea, or having a basketball stuck under my shirt all while chasing this little firecracker makes me cringe. Literally. But were getting through it! I have no doubt that we will adjust accordingly with each new stage. Our hearts have already grown even bigger for this little one and let’s be real, Hayden will be the best big sister!

We both have our thoughts on what this little babe is.. but we will keep them to ourselves for a while 😉

We took our first test on March 7th.

One ever so faint plus sign!! I dropped everything and went to the store to buy a different kind of test. And prenatal vitamins – you know, just in case 😉 I went in the bathroom peed on my second stick and then left it in there. I told Sean to go check! He came out saying “are you sure these are more accurate?”. Thinking it said ‘not pregnant’ I was totally bummed. But only for a half a second.

 

BAM! Hello there Baby#2! I’m feeling like I may just enjoy this pregnancy a whole lot more than mine with Hayden. I mean, it’s pretty wonderful what our bodies can do!! And plus, if this is our last baby, our last pregnancy, I really want to soak it up!! I’m feeling a lot more nauseous this time around but I’m sure a lot of that has to do with the fact that we have a 2 year old with unlimited amounts of energy and I have limited amounts of coffee. We had our first doctors appointment last week and were lucky enough to hear the heart beat at just shy of 9 weeks!

Hayden made her shirt pictured above and that’s how we told our families. It was so much fun watching them try to figure out if we were telling the truth or not!

xo, E

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We’re Potty Training.

{enter terrified face here}

You read that right. We’re potty training. And surprisingly, Little Lady is doing awesome…. for the most part. We decided it was time to start potty training last week. I was answering some emails and Hayden ran into our room, apparently I was in the zone because I didn’t even notice that she didn’t have a diaper on until she squatted down right next to me and peed on the floor. LOVELY! We went to target RIGHT THEN and grabbed ourselves a “little lou”, some prizes from Target’s $1 section and Hayden picked out some super cute Frozen undies.

After requesting some potty training advice from my facebook friends we decided to go with the whole put her on the potty every 30 minutes system. Now this really only works, I think, because I’m home with Hayden all day right now.. and I don’t have any other babies. So, if we did decided to have another one (stay tuned for my post – Why the number of Children I have is none of your business – it’s coming!) I don’t think that this system would work out so great. But as of right now, it works for us. Hayden doesn’t talk all that much, so she doesn’t say “potty” she just runs over to it. So she definitely knows when she has to go. And so far, we’ve only have a couple accidents in our undies. She still wears diapers at night and we use pull-ups while were running around. Hopefully this continues to be easy-peasy. I’ll let you know 😉

Potty training, to be continued…

BabyWearing.

 

20140722-235524-86124114.jpgSo.. we got an ergo carrier today and this is what our day has looked like 🙂 I so wish we would’ve started this when Hayden was a newborn!! We had a baby bjorn and I HATED it! So we just stopped, instead of just trying a new one! Ugh! Well, I got this from a mommy group I’m in for $20! This carrier new is over $100!! SCORE! And it’ll hold her for a while longer 🙂

One day, my girl will be grown. And she won’t want me to hold her anymore. But today, today she wants mommy to hold her all day long. And I’m loving every second!

xo, E

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Our little lady is a rise with the sun kind of gal.. and if you know me, I do not function well before like 9:30 and not until I’ve had my coffee. The past week or so Hayden has been waking up at 6am.. shortly after the sun. Now this would be ok if we were still giving her 2 naps during the day but we’ve cut back to 1 which means that she gets awfully crabby either when we push her nap later.. or when were trying to keep her up til her bedtime, which is 8-8:30pm. Last night we decided to trick her little brain by covering her window with a curtain … and would you look at that it’s 8:40am and shes still sleeping! – And literally right after typing that I hear “mamaaaaa” coming from her room LOL!

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Life & Motherhood

 

20140514-120447.jpgWell, we just got back from 9days in California. It was a great trip! So nice to sit back for a little, relax and not have to jump back into the car to drive home. It was also great to have enough time to see most people. I missed that.

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Daycare Drop-Offs

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So last Thursday was Hayden’s first day of day care… Well, it was a half-day. But still! It was her first day. And she did awesome! Now, going into this I already knew that if she didn’t enjoy it she wasn’t going to go anymore. Taking Hayden to daycare, for us, is all about fun, playing, learning and socializing. So. If she was sad or hesitant I had already made up my mind that she wouldn’t go.

Last Thursday I took her in at 2 o’clock… It was right after their nap time. And they were getting ready for snack. Sean and I walked our little lady into her classroom and put her down on the floor with all the other kids. She walked herself over to the empty chair around the table, her teacher gave her a couple crackers and some raisins. She grabbed a cracker for each hand, turned and looked at me and waved bye.. And that was that.. See ya kid!

Today was her second day at daycare. But her first full day. I took her by myself today and I was a little concerned she’d caught on to the fact that we were leaving her. But in true Hayden-form… I put her down, she walked right over to the little people and didn’t even look back. I hung out in the room for a minute, just watching her, and she really is the most amazing little thing.

Pick ups are a little more emotional for her. The first day she walked over to us with a sad face, she’s quite the little actress. Today, she walked right over to her daddy, gave him a hug and started pointing at everything. As if she was telling him about her day.

I’m so very proud of our little sassy, independent lady!

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xo, E

Choosing your Daycare!!

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I think it’s no secret to say that choosing a place, or person, to look after your child while you are at work is one of the most painful, stressful and exhausting processes! I know it has been for me!

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