Wednesday, August 3, 2011

I'm back....

Well I said in my last post that it would be my last post until we started the process again and NO we are not starting YET! But I have become friends with several other adoptive moms through Facebook groups and felt inspired and encouraged to write about our Open Adoption experience and family life thus far. So here I am!!
Kaycee Update: Kaycee is 9 months old!! She is a happy, fun, easy-going baby that has spoiled us by sleeping through the night since she was 6 weeks old!! She loves her brothers and crawls all over to get to them or whatever they are playing with! She pulls to stand and has started cruising around the furniture. She makes it soooo easy to make me want just one more little girl!! My plan is to begin the process again next spring. We'll see if that is God's plan for us.
Open Adoption Update: Our relationship with Kaycee's BM is great! We have had some moments of miscommunication in the past 6 months but overall we are thrilled with how things are going. Our written arrangement is to see her every October, February & June. We have seen her more than that already. We communicated a TON in the beginning and it is starting to slow down a bit. We saw her in Feb. right after Kaycee's finalization and then KBM, Kaycee and I met up at SeaWorld in May for a day together. It was wonderful! We usually text weekly and I always send her pictures via text when I take them. We have talked about meeting up before Kaycee's birthday in October but I'm trying to let her tell me when or if she wants to do that. I know that she has a lot going on in her life and is trying to put it all together so I want to give her space. I recently created a digital scrapbook all about KBM with pictures she gave me and answers to a questionnaire I gave her (silly get to know you questions). It also has pictures of her in the hospital with Kaycee. I made a copy for her and one for Kaycee. I can't wait to give it to her the next time we meet!!
Family Update: Luke is 5 years old and starting kindergarten in 12 days! He is already talking about his new sister that will be coming home with us when he turns 6!! Sooo cute! Zack will be 4 next month and is our spirited ball of energy! We started a new diet in our house eliminating Artificial dyes, flavors and preservatives as well as natural some natural salicylates. It has helped his behavior tremendously!! We are over joyed about it and are getting used to eating even healthier than before!
We have recently made new friends with other adoptive families and hope to continue these friendships and watch our children group up together! It's so nice to have friends who have similar experiences!!
Well, that's it in a nutshell so far... Stay tuned for further posts! Thank you to my friends who encouraged me to write again! It feels good!!

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