We survived.

Alex and I both survived his first full day at child care.  Horray!  Matt also survived his first day back at school, away from Alex.

I woke up at 6am, even though my alarm wasn’t set until 7, thinking about the day ahead.  I knew it had to be done, but it was still sad thinking about Alex being in someone else’s care full time.  I dropped him off at 8:20 this morning.  When we arrived at the sitters, I saw a girl I went to highschool with dropping off her boys – so it was nice to know another person who trusts their children with Megan.  I also know a police woman who’s daughter goes there so that is also reasurraing. 

I went in, talked to Megan, and gave her the diapers and Alex’s supplies (sippy cup, change of clothes, meds, and his ‘doggy’ for nap time).  Alex seemed to know what was coming.  He stuck close and kept looking at me like “are you leaving me here?”   But he didn’t cry – which was a blessing – otherwise who knows what state I would have been in.  I left, and while I was sad, I kept it together. 

I actually booked the day off as a vacation – just in case there was a problem and he needed me – but no emergency calls came.  So, I vacuumed, cleaned a bit, and dealt with a paint colour issue (pictures to come). 

At 3:40, I decided to go get Alex, even though I didn’t have to pick him up until 4:30.  He seemed very excited to see me – even though he was happily eating O’s.  Megan told me Alex had a great day, except at nap time.  He didn’t want to sleep – cried and cried and she had to rub his back until he was asleep.  I’m sure that is normal for the first real nap away from home (minus the cottage naps).  He was also in a playpen which he isn’t used to.  He slept for just 45 minutes so he will sleep well tonight!  I was told Alex loved their pet cat, and even licked one of the cat’s ears… not sure what that was about – but at least he wasn’t pulling hair.

He still has a bit of a cough, and the sniffles – but not as bad as on Monday.  I also feel like I’m coming down with a doozy of a cold – I’m pretty sure mine isn’t teething related (although my last wisdom tooth was acting up yesterday).

I still don’t have new batteries for my camera (tomorrow I swear!), so here is a favourite from the summer that I had not posted.

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Next Steps

This past month has been such a blur I haven’t had a chance to update everyone on what’s happening on the adoption front. 

On August 5th, we had been home with Alex for 6 months!  That night we had our final meeting with our adoption practitioner.  Everything went well and we even spoke with her about having her do our homestudy update for adoption #2.  After the meeting, our AP sent in the “ROACH” report to the Children’s Bridge who then sends it to the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.  The ROACH is the “Report of the Adjustment of the Child in the Home”.  Once the report is reviewed and approved by an adoption officer and everything is in order, the Ministry will send an approval report to our agency.  At that time a Director’s Statement of Adoption is also sent.

Once the Director’s Statement of Adoption is recieved, our agency’s lawyer will prepare an application to have the adoption finalized in our local court.  The court hearing usually happens between 9 and 12 months of placement (on Saturday we will be 7 months – can you believe it?!).  We have requested to attend court for the official finalization if it is possible.

After that all happens, we will be able to apply for a birth certificate, a social security number, and then finally a passport.

Then we can start everything all over again for Alex’s little brother or sister! Phew!