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Tue Jun 30, 2015, 09:35 PM

We became Foster Parents tonight.

My wife, son and I welcomed a little 4 day old jelly bean named Tommy into our family tonight. He is so tiny, so cute and SOOO hungry! He went to bed a few hours ago and my wife and I just went in to visit him sleeping so contentedly in hi little crib. While we watched him sleep he let out an ENORMOUS fart, so I suspect that when Foster Daddy goes in t get him when he wakes up, weather it be during the night or in the morning, there is going to be a surprise package waiting in hi little dyddie.

He is so cute and so tiny! This placement may well be short lived because, up here in Maine, the ultimate goal of foster care is to reunite the child with the family, and we support that. If you tell me that by bringing a baby into the house at age 60, I should have my head examined, I'll most likely agree. However, for however long we have little Tommy or any future foster baby, we will love that baby weather the baby is eventually reunited with the family, is adopted by another family, or remains with us for good. We will love that baby because, if for no other reason, it is a baby's RIGHT to be loved by his or her caretakers. I have explained to my son that if we eventually have a little girl stay with us, when she gets to dating age and a boyfriend needs an ass kicking, HE will have to do it because I'll be in my 70s by then.

Anyway, we became foster parents tonight. It's a new adventure that we have been looking forward to for the better part of the last year. We don't know how long Tommy will be with us, but we have guaranteed DHHS that in the coming months, this little boy will be having a lot of cuddling, kisses & hugs, singing, stories and overall spoiling between diaper changes, feedings and sleeps/naps! They heartily approve of this course of action!

On edit, halfway through writing this, the little Prince woke up loud and hungry with a BIGload of poop in his diaper, so I had to do a change and a feeding and a burping...Yikes!!!

Thanks for reading and wish us luck!

PEACE!

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Reply We became Foster Parents tonight. (Original post)
MarianJack Jun 2015 OP
Liberal_in_LA Jun 2015 #1
MarianJack Jun 2015 #2
oldandhappy Jun 2015 #3
2theleft Jun 2015 #4
niyad Jun 2015 #5
Solly Mack Jun 2015 #6
alittlelark Jun 2015 #7
me b zola Jun 2015 #8
riderinthestorm Jun 2015 #9
brer cat Jun 2015 #10
Rhiannon12866 Jun 2015 #11
LoveMyCali Jun 2015 #19
Rhiannon12866 Jun 2015 #21
Scarsdale Jun 2015 #12
shenmue Jun 2015 #13
Omaha Steve Jun 2015 #14
SoapBox Jun 2015 #15
realFedUp Jun 2015 #16
jwirr Jun 2015 #17
MarianJack Jun 2015 #20
jwirr Jul 2015 #29
TexasBushwhacker Jun 2015 #18
eggplant Jul 2015 #22
Cha Jul 2015 #23
gvstn Jul 2015 #24
Sheepshank Jul 2015 #25
mnhtnbb Jul 2015 #34
No Vested Interest Jul 2015 #26
gwheezie Jul 2015 #27
Throckmorton Jul 2015 #28
blm Jul 2015 #30
joeybee12 Jul 2015 #31
Dont call me Shirley Jul 2015 #32
mnhtnbb Jul 2015 #33
byronius Jul 2015 #35

Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 09:36 PM

1. that is so cool

 

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 09:38 PM

2. Thanks, Liberal_in_LA!

PEACE!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 09:40 PM

3. I heartily approve of your treatment plan ...

cuddling, kisses, hugs, singing, stories, and overall spoiling!!!

Big hugs to you. Thank you for your big hearts.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 09:40 PM

4. Yay for you!!

That is so awesome, and such a wonderful thing to do. My sister fosters and while difficult at times, it is also very rewarding. Enjoy baby Tommy for as long as you can!!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 09:41 PM

5. no good luck needed. what a lovely thing your family is doing. hugs to all of you.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 09:42 PM

6. That's great! Y'all are great!

Best wishes!!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 09:43 PM

7. Awesome!!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 09:43 PM

8. Thank you for doing this

You sound as though you are doing well for that sweet baby

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 09:44 PM

9. Love this! Thanks for posting nt

 

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 09:55 PM

10. You are a wonderful gift

for Tommy, who needs just what you are offering at this time in his life. I suspect you will come to see Tommy as a gift as well as he enriches your life. You guys are fantastic to do this! Best wishes.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 09:56 PM

11. How wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

I'm getting all choked up, reading your description and picturing it, and that doesn't happen to me often. It sounds like he's found the perfect place, no matter how long he stays. This little angel was so very fortunate to have found you...

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #11)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 10:51 PM

19. Glad I'm not the only one

I got a little teary reading the OP.

Best of luck to you and your family MarianJack

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Response to LoveMyCali (Reply #19)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 11:00 PM

21. I don't know about you

But I'm kind of hoping that this lasts for quite awhile. It sounds like this little one is getting exactly what he needs...

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 10:02 PM

12. Thank goodness

So glad there are folks like you who spread love like this. Any child who lands in your care will be lucky. Enjoy little Tommy while he is with you, and the best of luck with future placements. He sounds like a loveable little guy.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 10:05 PM

13. Mazel tov

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 10:11 PM

14. K&R!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 10:15 PM

15. Wow...you folks are wonderful.

Very impressive of you.

Best of luck and enjoy the cuddles.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 10:15 PM

16. Felicitations!

N/t

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 10:40 PM

17. Good for you. Tiny? A preemie?

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Response to jwirr (Reply #17)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 10:58 PM

20. About 2 weeks early.

The little Prince is just a little bit bigger than my foot. He's a little jelly bean!

PEACE!

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Response to MarianJack (Reply #20)

Wed Jul 1, 2015, 09:06 AM

29. Neat. I am 73 and I have been baby sitting with great grandchildren for years - it keeps you

young. Bless you.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 10:43 PM

18. I have friends who fostered kids for many years

They had been young parents so their biological children were all grown and on their own when my friends were in their early 40s. They just really liked raising children and felt they were especially good with boys, so they fostered several over about 15 years time, some til they graduated from high school.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2015, 12:01 AM

22. I'm right there with you.

When we took in our 16 yr old foster daughter (we've known her since birth, her mom is a bit messed up), my sister asked why we would do that. To which I replied, "why *wouldn't* we do that?"

Even though we only had her a few months before she moved back home again (a mistake she regrets to this day), it was the most wonderful thing. I like to think that we made some impression on her for the better. She certainly made a difference for us.

Now she's almost 20 and on her own and thriving. It's great to see. I just wish she wasn't eight hours away.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2015, 12:02 AM

23. Good for you caring people, MarianJack! Lucky baby~

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2015, 12:08 AM

24. Very sweet. Enjoy your time with Tommy.

I know you will help him get his life off to a great start.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2015, 12:23 AM

25. Very cool, you have a big heart.

 

Remember to sleep when the baby sleeps

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Response to Sheepshank (Reply #25)

Wed Jul 1, 2015, 03:23 PM

34. +++++++++

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2015, 12:34 AM

26. I can't express how much respect I have for you and your wife and son.

Your taking this little jellybean into your home and lives is the best news I have read on DU in a long time - or ever.

Please keep us informed how it goes - the little details.

It's been a long time since I've held a small package like that, and I wouldn't be up to full-time care.

Tonight you are my heroes.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2015, 12:56 AM

27. What an inspiration you are

The baby is so lucky to have wound up with you.
My foster daughter is 46 years old. I've known her since the day she was born but she didn't come to live with me until she was 15. My daughter actually met her when they were both hours old in the nursery. They've been friends ever since.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2015, 01:52 AM

28. my wife and I adopted our last foster child,

He was 4 years old, he is a genuine joy. We are in the process of getting re certified to do short term fostering again.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2015, 02:16 PM

30. SO happy for you, old buddy. Wishing you the bestů.

for you and yours.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2015, 02:39 PM

31. That is wonderful!

 

Hooray for Tommy to have such love!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2015, 03:10 PM

32. "It's a baby's right to be loved by his or her caretakers"

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2015, 03:22 PM

33. OMgosh, you are brave! I'm 64 and couldn't do a baby again

if my life depended on it!

Hope you get some sleep! It took 6 months for my first one to sleep through the night!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2015, 03:45 PM

35. Well done.

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