We survived the first week!

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Well you must read this post in order to understand that we just received a newborn foster baby, making our total to 6 kids and this past week has been kind of a blur at times (don’t ask me for a specific detail at a specific time, I might not remember).

Usually when most people are pregnant, they have 9 months (or more) to prepare for newborn-hood.  We all know that the last trimester when you are literally carrying around a basketball, and can’t sleep, and have to get up and pee all.night.long is preparing you for a newborn keeping you up around the clock.

Shane and I decided that I would be the one getting up all night since I stay at home and Shane would need more sleep for work, and let me tell you.. it sounded good initially, but me and sleep have become long lost friends.  I know this phase doesn’t last long, and it’s so different formula only feeding a baby since I did half breast/half formula with my own.

But even though nights are long, making the days seem that much longer, I am loving every moment of having a newborn around again.  Getting to love on her, to know her likes/dislikes, to know how and what to do to console her sweet precious heart when she cries, is the best thing in the world.

Of course my hands are full, but so is my heart.  The good times definitely supersede the bad, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this precious baby girl and I am so glad that God saw fit to make us her guardians during this time.

I will attach some pictures (of course her face is blurred due to privacy rules/regulations per foster care).

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Easter 2017 photos!

This year, I wanted to take the Easter pictures a little earlier than normal, because I couldn’t wait to put the precious outfits that I bought them, on them! I wish you all could see the precious, adorable, children behind the blurred images (but due to foster care regulations, that is not allowed), but let me assure you… they are some cute kids!

I decided to to take them at a bridge in Gonzales, Tx and it seemed to turn out so GREAT! I also took a few in our front yard, by a run-down barn we have out front.. and we it has made for some awesome backdrops for my kids!

I hope everyone has an amazing Easter this Sunday and spend it with lots of love, food, and amazing fellowship with your friends and family!

 

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Baby girl turns ONE!

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So our foster baby has officially turned 1!! This will be the last monthly update, and it is kind of bittersweet, because she is the baby in our crazy household!

Height: 26 in.

Weight: 17 pounds 12 oz. (she gained another pound in a month! YAY!)

Likes:
-To be held–especially from mama or nana
-She has still been teething and loving to try different textures in her mouth
-To stand.  Literally baby girl won’t crawl, or walk, but wants you to walk her around all day, lol!
-To be around Brielle.  Seriously the cutest relationship ever!
-To cuddle!
-To do what she wants, without you taking it away from her (even for her own safety).

Dislikes:
– Her hip helpers.  They allow her to sit straighter and work on being in the 4 point crawling position, but she does not see the benefit in wearing them at all.
–To be left alone.

Teeth: No teeth! I am amazed that she still doesn’t have any!

Language:
Spits bubbles now, says hi (still working on the wave), dada and trying to do more sign language!

Milestones: She celebrated her first birthday, and first St. Patrick’s Day!

Upcoming:

Family visit (2 hours every week, on Tuesdays)

MD appts: All of her specialist are complete for another 6 mo. and finally finished her last MD appt. this morning with her 1 year well check! Such a busy month!

Bi-monthly visits with ECI team

Monthly visits with team (now just legal worker and case worker)

Now I will leave you with some adorable pictures of the party! (the faces are blurred due to them being my foster children and it’s against policy to show their faces)

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She loved trying cake for the first time at her party! It was so cute to see her lick her fingers!

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I loved that we got to celebrate this amazing “First” with her, and LOVED all of our family/friends that got to attend (over 40+ people!) and come and meet all of our children for the first time!!

©2017 Sheridan Johnson @Journey with the Johnsons. All Rights Reserved.

Haven of Hope Retreat 2016

This was such an amazing weekend, and tomorrow I leave for this years retreat!

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This years Haven of Hope retreat was very different for me, than last year was. I had just lost Rochelle two months before going on this retreat for the first time (for grieving mothers who have lost children) and I wasn’t fully prepared to embrace the entire weekend. I took so much away from it last year (which you can see here), but I also went in a downward spiral of depression, anger, and have had to learn how to cope with my grief of this past year.

Friday night was filled with getting settled into our room  (and meeting our roommates) and having dinner at 6pm.  This year they sat us down at the table next to someone, and during/after dinner we got to know them and share their story with the rest of the group.  It is always so sad hearing the loss of other women’s child(ren)…

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