Two weeks ago, two adorable little infant foster babies were placed with us. It’s so fun to watch their little personalities develop. It’s also fun to dress them in Harry Potter and Marvel superhero onesies. They love to be cuddled, but also love to be put down so they can kick and squirm and take in the world. They love to be read and sung to. The sound of thunderstorms calms them right down and Raffi makes them smile.
In the last two weeks we have gotten a crash course in bottle feeding, finally settling on a bottle we all like. We’ve learned how WIC works (all foster kids under 5 automatically get WIC) and signed tons of paperwork. We’ve relearned how to homeschool with a baby and discovered that twins just makes it so it seems like there are so many more babies than just two (seriously, a singleton placement after twins would be a breeze). We’ve been reminded about middle of the night feedings as these little ones are still getting up two or three times a night.
We’ve learned that it’s possible to fall completely in love with children who are not yours and will never be yours and are only with you for now. We’ve already started worrying about RSV season and the fact that they are too young for the flu vaccine. We’ve learned that all the worrying I did before placement about how much they would affect homeschooling was unnecessary (these are VERY good babies – as demanding as any other their age, of course, but nothing out of the ordinary). Mostly we’ve learned that, so far, we’re very glad we decided to become foster parents!