The weekend was a raging success!!!
Friday family adoption workshop: excellent. The family had great questions, the social worker was impressed with the family’s knowledge and excitement about adoption. All went well.
Saturday first birthday party (as in 1st for my baby niece and 1st that I’ve ever hosted at our house): excellent as well! We had almost 30 people attend. Everyone loved our tiny house, our cooked out food and the party.
Sunday breakfast with the ‘rents and brother, sis-in-law and niece: score!!
Sunday afternoon nap: the BEST I’ve had in months.
But the most excellent part of all this weekend? Bro & sis-in-law forgot the baby monitor for the crib. Since our crib is literally 7 feet from the foot of our bed (although on the opposite side of a wall & open doorway) I got to be the baby monitor. Niece is one, so she sleeps all night. So on Saturday morning, she woke up at 6am. I got her out of the crib, made her a bottle, and took her back to bed with hubby & I. I gave her the bottle and then the three of us played for about an hour. Then she curled up on my chest and fell asleep. I spent an hour snuggled up with my niece under the covers. I just listened to her breathe and suck her pacifier and watched her little face while I stroked her back & hands & feet. It was the most precious hour of my life.
And I want one of my own…
As an FYI to all adoptive mothers out there waiting for babies…I rocked and held my niece as much as I could this weekend, and my back is definitely reporting that to me. I think I’m going to start carrying around bags of flour to get used to the weight of a baby in my arms. Bring on the strength exercises!!! Our bodies won’t be ready for the weight of a baby…better start practicing any way we can 🙂
LOVE my family…
Haven’t heard anything about PBM, but I do know we are #4 or #5 on “the list” with the lawyer, so either way…waiting is definitely difficult. But it has been an honor and a joy to pray for this young high school woman who is pregnant.