Friday, June 18, 2010

Babies, Babies, Everywhere...

On Tuesday evening I got a call from the Foster agency telling me that they had gotten a referral for two children, and they wanted to place them with us. All he really knew when he called was their ages: nine months, and 21 months. He hadn't even asked if they were boys or girls. Of course I said, "Sure, we can take them." I now have three children under the age of two - Travis, and two foster daughters. To protect the identity of the innocent, I shall refer to the older sister as Big S and the younger as Lil S. I'm not going to post any photos of them publicly until I find out what the policy is for that. Trust me when I say that they are absolutely freakin adorable. They seem to be healthy, normal little girls, and I am happy to have them. The older does have some behavioral issues, but since she's not even two, I feel like we can work past that. They came to us with about a 45 minute notice on Tuesday evening, with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Since then, friends and family have really shown their generous natures and come together on helping get clothes and supplies to get us set up for these two girls. I have been inundated with baby clothes and supplies, and it is appreciated so much.

I, of course, have been running around on the verge of a nervous breakdown. I will say, it is getting better and better though. Brad has been a saint, helping me as much as he can while he's home, and giving me little breaks whenever he can.

Today, I managed to make it to bible study. I wasn't able to find my study book, but at least I was able to find my bible. The past few days, our house looks like a baby store exploded, and I'm having a hard time finding anything. Sarah, I had to follow along with Nathan's mom this morning. Pitiful, huh?

This afternoon I took the kids to my mom's for a family get together, and we all went swimming. There were plenty of people there to help me. So aside from being physically tired, I' have had a pretty good day. Now I had better go to sleep before I collapse.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Here We Go Again

Yet again, I'm going to try to get back to this blogging thing. It's time. I haven't posted much because things have been so good, but things have been stressing me out a bit lately. Travis is 10 months old now. Here are a few pictures.

 Here, Travis was about 7-8 months old, I think. I had my mom take pics of us in the bluebonnets.
 This is Brad, Travis, and me at the family reunion last weekend. We had a good time.
 This was also taken at the family reunion. Travis is a camera hound, and a ham.

I have been staying at home with Travis, and I am enjoying it. It feels strange to not be working, but I do like taking care of Travis. It has been kind of hard on us financially, but we'll get through. We recently went through the process to get licensed for foster care and adoption. We want to take kids ages 0-12. We are finished with the process, and just waiting for kids.

A few weeks ago, I had to have surgery to remove my gallbladder, but that went well, and I am recovered from that. The only lingering effect is about $2000 worth of medical bills. In addition, we got a nice letter from the IRS saying that we owe them $500 from 2008. And since I haven't been working, I have been paying for COBRA so that I have health insurance. So we are doing our best to stay afloat right now.

But if that wasn't enough, since the COBRA only lasts for 18 months, and I have already used up 7 months of it, if I want to have another baby while I've got it, I need to get knocked up within the next two months. And my deductible resets at the end of August, so I need to take advantage of what limited fertility coverage I have with the COBRA. So today I called the fertility clinic, and got set up to start treatments as soon as my cycle starts. They ordered the meds, and I'm supposed to call them on CD1. We're going to skip the clomid nonsense this time and go straight to what worked for us last time. The protocol should be about the same as last time, with follistim and IUI. While I have a sense of deja vu about all of this, I am able to approach it with a little more calm, since I already have a real, live baby here at home with me. Part of me feels very selfish to be trying fertility treatments when I've already got my gorgeous baby boy, but the other, bigger part of me insists that I have as much right to the family of my dreams as anybody else.

So, here we go again. Dear God, please let things go smoothly, and help me to keep the number of self-injections and strangers looking at my lady-business to a minimum. Also, I pray that the hormones don't make me too murder-y. Amen.

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