Saturday, January 12, 2008


Well, if yesterday couldn't have been crazy enough, my phone rang as we were wrapping up the day, and it was Braeden's day care. He had just projectile vomited EVERYWHERE! I'm so glad it was Friday, BUT he has been completely fine! Go figure! He played the sick card well last night, how old is he again? :) It was "I'm sick remember mom, I think I need to sleep in your bed... etc." Too funny. He has been completely fine. Nothing with Olivia again either, thank God! She is scheduled for an EEG and MRI on Tuesday at her "big city" hospital. The hardest for her will be that she can't eat past midnight Monday and can only drink water/juice in the morning before 7am. Then, nothing at all until everything is finished. Her MRI is last at 12 noon, so when we're done with that she should be able to eat/drink. As of right now they are going to try to do the MRI without sedation since she's usually real good/compliant. If she has a hard time, then they will sedate her. I'm hoping they don't have to.

In an hour I'm taking Braeden and Olivia to see the new Veggie Tales movie. It looks cute, we love Veggie Tales, and movies, and who can beat an afternoon of popcorn, candy, and a show! :) I told BRaeden and Olivia that Little One will probably be with us forever, that we will most likely be adopting him although it will still take a while, and they were SO excited!!! We talk about how we don't know the future of kids living with us, until adoption happens. One reason Olivia was SO excited for hers! We have started telling people that they can call him (his first name)+(the name we're going to change his to). We've called him this at home for the past year and Braeden calls him by his "new" name constantly. His name, once adopted will be.... (drum roll)...


I'm still considering middle names, but have a couple already. I know name changing is a big issue, but there are a lot of reasons to change names of former foster children, one being the children's background/family. It's sad to say that it's a scary/dangerous thing for some of these families to know who you are, where you live, etc. In the past I've had to get an order of protection even from one parent. If their child's name is changed, it makes it harder to be found. I have no problem with the children knowing and having a relationship with their birth family if it's safe, and especially when they're older and it's their choice to search for them and get to know them, but sometimes you just can't. And then there are the times when the names are just bad. Braeden laughed when I told him what he birth name is/was. His parents didn't even call him by it, they used a nickname which we took up as well. Anyway, that will be Little One's name, and what I will begin to call him in the blog now.

Liam, it sounds good. :) My three "forever" children... Olivia, Braeden, and Liam.


Julie said...

I LOVE IT!!!! so fun-

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

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