Yesterday I received a call from the CPS worker telling me that Baby Girl would be moving to her aunt’s home. They would be picking her up the following morning.
The pick up happened this morning and although Baby Girl was giving out her beautiful gummy smile to all of us, we were a basket case of tears.
We signed up for this heartbreak and each time I find myself asking why.
Then I look in the mirror and have a talk with me.
“There are other babies that need you. Those babies need someone to love them, care for them, and meet their every need so they have an opportunity to grow to be happy, healthy and strong. ”
So yes, we have cried “A LOT” over the last 24 hours and there will likely continue to be tears as I look thru pictures, put away her outgrown clothes and wash her bedding in preparation for the next baby that comes our way.
And yes, I do mean baby.
Along this journey we have learned a lot and one thing we have learned is that having babies in the home just works best for us.
Lili has made no secret of the fact that she loves having babies here. She loves watching them grow and change. She loves helping care for them. She loves talking to them and playing with them. She could make Baby Girl laugh like no one else could.
Naomi, has shown us her mommy side. While she seems to like older babies and toddlers more, she had a special bond with Baby Girl. That bond played out in different ways, but one way in particular was very special. When Baby Girl would get over-tired, she would get extremely fussy (understatement). Other than me, Naomi was the only one in the house that was able to calm her down and get her to sleep. She held her in her special way, would sing to her and soon Baby Girl was off to dreamland.
Dave, who admittedly is not a baby person, developed a special bond with Baby Girl as well. She flashed that gummy smile and he was putty in her hands. He might not admit it, but it showed on his face every time. He would even change dirty diapers from time-to-time.
Throughout this process, we have discovered that for our family, babies work out the best.
We can do schoolwork while they nap. They hang out with us on field trips and errands. Not that we haven’t enjoyed the older kids we’ve had (and still have), but we’ve found a rhythm that works well and would like to continue down the path of having babies in our house.
So now we wait for the call that another baby needs us. I don’t know if that will be today, a week from now or a month from now, but we will be here and be ready for that call.