Single, 28 years old, full-time working foster mom

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Last vision therapy session just happened with his early intervention (EI) therapist.

He was stellar (better than last time, thank goodness).

Goodbyes and thank yous were said.

She cried.

I cried.

He’ll be starting school next month, so it had to come to an end, but his EI therapists have been a godsend and I owe so much to them.

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I’ve been weaning Buddha off of his last seizure med for the last eight weeks. In roughly two weeks, he will be off of seizure meds completely, which is obviously fantastic pending seizures continue to stay away. However, coming off of this med (so far) has made Buddha quite impulsive. Progress has stalled and he hasn’t been able to sit and attend to a task in weeks. I don’t want him drugged to the point of him being a zombie, but he physically/mentally can’t calm/center his body. He needs something to help, I just don’t know what.

Sleep has been worse now as well. I used to be able to put him in bed and he would fall asleep within 20 mins, now it can be upwards of 2 hours.

As I said, he’s not totally off of the meds yet. Once he’s off completely, I’ll give him a few weeks to equal out and then go from there.

I’m tired and frustrated, not at him, at the situation. A situation he should never have had to deal with. People: please never ever ever shake a baby, you have no idea how much damage those couple of seconds of frustration can cause (if the baby even survives).

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To this day, seeing my former campers post photos of POP makes me homesick for the summers I spent there. Upstate New York is so beautiful this time of year.

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I’m planning ahead this year and trying to decide on buddha’s Halloween costume.

So, Where’s Waldo or Harry Potter?

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The school year started last Monday and all this week I had to drag buddha’s sleepy butt out of bed, so I could get to work on time. So, I figured he would sleep until 7am at the very least today. Nope. 5am he was up. Go figure.

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Something so simple (and common) on “All About Me” sheets for pre-k triggers so much sadness.  I wasn’t expecting it.  What do you put for a kid who likely will never be able to live independently?  Who may never talk?  Who may never function above a 12-18 month old level?

I hate these unexpected little things that pop up and remind me just how much was taken from Buddha. 

Oh my heart.

Something so simple (and common) on “All About Me” sheets for pre-k triggers so much sadness. I wasn’t expecting it. What do you put for a kid who likely will never be able to live independently? Who may never talk? Who may never function above a 12-18 month old level?

I hate these unexpected little things that pop up and remind me just how much was taken from Buddha.

Oh my heart.

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Someone got a new t-shirt.

Someone got a new t-shirt.

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Got a call this morning-Yay!

But it was for a sibling group-ok, fine.

The worker knows me, he knows I’m licensed for two kids, yet 5 out of the last 6 calls were for sibling groups. So, when I say I can only take one, he seems aggravated/disappointed. I’m sorry, but I am licensed for two kids. Plus, already having Buddha, being single and working full-time, I can only do so much.

I’m tired of getting the call, saying “Yes,” contacting daycare, getting stuff together, and then no kid. That being said, if the kids are placed together, that is ideal and I’m in no way saying they should split sib groups, but why call me in the first place?

Have any other foster parents gotten calls that would put you over your license limits?

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