I HEART OUR STRONG-WILLED PRESCHOOLER, STINKPOT…
|Stinkpot concentrates on riding his tricycle – see that tongue!|
- Strong-willed is an understatement!
- At 3 years old, thinks using the potty is for sissies
- Hopeless fan of Houston Astros and Texas Rangers
- Addicted to baseball, football, basketball, softball, tennis, soccer, hockey, wrestling, etc.
- Loves attending church
- Way too charming for his own good and juggles too many girlfriends to count
- Likes to act silly
- Independent – demanding to do things by himself
- Future first round draft pick for the Houston Astros in 2025
He is such a blessing in our lives, but, wow!, what a challenge!
I HEART THE EVENTUAL ADOPTION OF OUR FOSTER BABY…
He is OURS!!! Not officially, of course, but we are now, over the largest hurdle of adopting our 1-year-old baby boy, Lil Bit — the birthmother has voluntarily signed relinquishment papers to terminate her parental rights!
A few weeks ago, we met with CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate) and Lil Bit’s case worker to discuss continued contact with the birthfamily (mainly the great-aunt from my understanding). We just had to decide how much contact we would allow.
Last Monday, I received a desperate call from the case worker to meet with our attorney to draw up our agreement with the birthfamily. The next morning, I met with our attorney and discussed terms of the agreement. He had some really great suggestions, and we decided the normal exchange of photos and updates would cause the least confusion to Lil Bit as he got older.
However, we kept coming back to the question: With whom would the contact be?
The birthmother – whose termination order the agreement would attach???
Or the great-aunt – who CASA is heavily promoting so that Lil Bit can keep his Mexican culture???
After discussing this in our meeting, we had no clue! Over $300 in attorney fees!
A week later, we still have no answer and we’re waiting on either the case worker or birthmother’s attorney to discuss with our attorney….
I DON’T HEART BEING BOOT CAMP DRILL SARGEANT….
Stinkpot was really a challenge last week! Hitting his teachers, his classmates, and toys. I had to perform some boot camp strategy that is totally “not me”. At one point, he had struck my last nerve and was being so stubborn while I was trying to care for a sick baby. I finally had enough that I
yelled raised my voice to him to do it, NOWWWW!!!! Oy! — so NOT ME!
(He has since been mocking me by telling Daddy that he wants something NOWWWW!!! – with his signature smirk, no less) But he did straighten up after that…
I HEART FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS…
Additionally, I used a football game as motivation to get him in line. It worked (mostly)!
For being a mostly good boy this week, we went to a high school football game together.
|Giving Stinkpot a kiss under the Friday night lights|
We wanted to see my niece perform on the dance team for the first time; however, she performed to the other side…
|My beautiful niece before her performance|
Maybe next time…
I HEART FACES…
Here’s a photo that my father-in-law took of my hubby as he was learning to ride a tricycle.
I love the story this picture tells! You can see my mother-in-law, always the enthusiastic cheerleader, is so proud of her little boy as he concentrates so intently on completing this milestone.
(I am amazed at how much our adopted Stinkpot resembles his dad!)
|Steve learns to ride a tricycle – circa 1961|
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