It seems like a lifetime ago we were shedding tears over the Baby Girl that left our care to go live with her aunt and uncle. In such a short time, she had stolen our hearts and we had to have a family meeting to decide if we wanted to continue doing foster care.
Since that time, two more foster kiddos left our care and we added four more.
One of the kiddos we added was another Baby Girl who happened to be born the day our first Baby Girl left us.
Another tiny little girl weighing about 6 lbs, with beautiful light brown skin and dark curly hair entered our lives.
Each week she would head off with a transporter to go visit her parents and siblings. I would leave a couple of hours later to pick her up, having a little time to chat with her parents, sometimes getting to see her siblings before taking her back home.
The months went on and we wondered if it would be our last month with her. After all, bio family first is the goal in the Texas foster care system and her case worker would come to visit some months telling us they were considering a family member who could take her. The next month she would tell us it didn’t work out for one reason or another and then they would move on to another and another and another.
But today we are celebrating this beautiful baby girl who is becoming more beautiful as she gets older.
She is no longer that tiny baby that entered our home and our hearts almost one year ago.
Today she turns 1!
She is standing and cruising the furniture.
She is beginning to talk.
She loves her daddy, mommy, and sisters, but is a mommy’s girl most of all.
She is not a crawler, but gets around quickly by scooting on her bottom all over the house.
She likes playing with her toys and getting into things she shouldn’t, like the dog’s water bowl.
She loves being on the go and is happiest when she is with us.
She has one of the worst cases of stranger danger I’ve ever seen in a baby, crying when anyone she doesn’t know or doesn’t see often even talks to her. Heaven forbid they should touch her. Fortunately, she is getting a little better as she gets older.
In December, the judge terminated her parent’s rights. CPS changed the goal to non-relative adoption and if all continues as planned, in the next 4-5 months, she will legally become part of the World of Weeks and I can then share photos of her beautiful little face.
Until then, Happy Birthday A.N.! Our beautiful little girl!!!!