Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Joseph.


Sunday we went to see Joseph.  When we came in I think he recognized us in a "are these people here to take me away from you, mom?" kinda way.  He was a little whiny at his foster mom and cried when I walked him out to the car from her house.  I strapped him in the car and gave him his sippy cup and from there everything went WONDERFULLY!


He didn't cry one bit and had a great time!  We had such a great time too.  We took him to a mall that was about 25 min from where he lives and he was so good in the car.  We got to the mall and went right to the children's play place and we let the kids play.


This is where we got to see the difference between his capabilities and Lizzy's.  Lizzy is 16 days younger than Joseph but Joseph was born 3 months early and only weighed 1 lb 13 oz when he was born.  He also is living with a foster mom who told me she doesn't really leave the house except to take the kids to appts and I think then she has a baby sitter for him.  At our last visit we took him to a Library that was literally across the street from his current home and I found out he had never been there before.  So, all these thing factored in I think he is doing pretty good.  


Lizzy is very jump-y and climb-y and Joseph is not.  When we first got to the play place he just stood around and watched.  Then Ben and I started playing for him and with him and he lighted up and would run for his next turn to go down the slide - all while still hanging on tight to his sippy cup!  We were glad to see how fast he warmed up and smiled and laughed.  At lunch he fed himself better than Lizzy does (when you live with typically 3 other little ones I think you have to learn to feed yourself!) and then we took them to a Chuck-E-Cheese that was in the mall and we saw that he could really throw well and mimicked Lizzy when he saw her doing something fun.  I would say the only REAL difference is that she is just way more steady on her feet than he is.  I have a sneaking suspicion that he was held A LOT and probably still is.


We had such a blast watching him get to know us and have fun.  He would go from my hubby to me and back with no problem and on the way home we got to hear him say "no" and other baby babble that was so sweet.  He has a very cute voice when he isn't whining at his current foster mom :)


I just want to add that I still very much LOVE his foster mom.  She is pushing hard to get him to us asap and she has done so much good for him.  She was the one who cared for him while he did a lot of growing and healing and I am indebted to her for that.  Even if she has spoiled him rotten ;)  I am even thankful for that!

11 comments:

Rebecca said...

FYI, you have his real name in the 4th paragraph. :)

MamaFoster said...

hahahha thank you proof reader. i had a feeling i was going to do that because of all the names in this post but I still didn't catch it.

gram said...

I CAN NOT WAIT TO MEET MY NEWW GREAT GRANDSON !!!

FootPrints said...

aaawwww i love it!! we spoiled our 1st foster child rotten and then we adopted her....and now we're paying for it...ha ha ha oh well...

Glenda said...

Great post!!!

Diane said...

Sounds like good progress! Hope a plan for transition is forming soon. Perhaps you will at least have him for an extended visit around Christmas if not permanently by then!

La Mama Loca said...

Sounds great!!!

Is he legally free yet? Can't remember!

I hope you get a transition timeline soon. I know how hard it is to send them home and wish they were already with you!

Big hugs!

mamamargie said...

Oh, how exciting!!!!

MamaFoster said...

yes he is legally free BUT his mom is appealing her last appeal of the termination of her rights to him. they were terminated so she appealed and lost and now is appealing again. she can only do it this one last time.

Heather said...

I am just now catching up because my reader wasn't picking up your blog for some reason (I'm a little angry about it) but I am SO happy your meeting went well! He sounds like such a sweetie and is doing super well to be that preemie!

Our Journey said...

Yay!! Sounds like things are progressing well :)