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Thursday, August 9, 2007

Baby Update

It's taken me quite a while to get to posting an update for a couple of reasons. First is the hideous dial-up my parents have, and second is downright uncertainty. I just hate to post any news until we are certain. So, here's what we know so far.

I've talked to the respite care providers several times and they seem wonderful. They are very fond of the baby, and have sent pictures (see the bottom of this post for one I'll leave up only a few days). The baby weighs 6 lbs. 9 oz. as of Monday at her doctor's appointment. She had jaundice, and still has it, so they sent her home with a prescripton for sunshine. Since birthmom has Hepatitis B & C, they also have to do extra treatments for B, and tests for C later on. I remember having Cookie tested and holding our breath until the negative result came back from the lab. The doctors reported to the respite mom that the birthmom has Cardiomyopathy, and that the baby needs to see a cardiologist since it can be genetic. Funny though, I never heard anything about that with Cookie, so if it is true, Cookie will be getting a referral too. Ugh. Lastly, the doctor noticed what the respite mom called a "hitch in her hip", so is ordering an ultrasound to check it out and see if anything odd is there. All in all, this will be one of the best-checked-out babies I've ever seen.

There is a family team meeting on August 14th (we will be back on Friday the 10th and picking up baby on the 11th in the morning sometime). At the meeting, we will meet with the social workers. We have been told that birthmom (J.) is indeed in jail, and our R & C worker emailed to tell us that she was told biodad is also in jail. No relatives are being looked at (and none have come forward either). From all the workers can tell us now, it looks like a future adoption down the road. That being said, we all know there are no absolute certainties until the judge signs the order of adoption in court. I'd say as it looks right now, it feels about 75% certain to me. That's just a guess from a woman still in FL going off emails and talking with the respite care provider. Really, we will know much more on the 14th.

All of J's relatives were already checked out and declared unfit back when Cookie was placed with us, so I don't think they will go back there all over again. Also, there is much history there in her case. My old blog detailed all that, and I think most of my current readers remember the saga! In a nutshell, Cookie's birthmom had her first child at 16, her second at 18 - was in foster care herself, and in and out of jail for cocaine. She met Cookie's supposed birthdad when she was 12 and he was 36 - yes, 36. They got married at some point. He was also in and out of jail. They were both convicted of neglect and physical and sexual abuse of their children, and those 2 kids were adopted by another family in another county. The adoption is closed, and they do not wish to have contact. I totally understand. The kids were 4 and 6 when they were adopted - after having been in and out of foster care way too many times. The state didn't want to see Cookie suffer the same fate. So, the state acted a lot sooner.

Now enter Cookie's new half-sister. There is a different (and named) birth father since J's husband and Cookie's supposed birthdad (I say supposed b/c she looks nothing like him, and this new baby looks totally like Cookie did as a newborn) is still in jail. We know nothing about this new birthfather or his family. I guess that's why I have the uncertainty. My heart tells me that addicts hang with other addicts, and that he and his family are bound to be in the same cycle J. is...but we won't know. All of us think that this new birthdad is likely Cookie's biodad as well - I mean, she got pregnant again when Cookie was all of 10 months old. I don't think I could find a new man in that amount of time. But maybe she's just good at finding them.

We'll post more on the 11th once baby is with us once (and hopefully for all). We'll also post on the 14th after the family team meeting that morning. We are sure to find out a lot more information at that point. It's going to be a challenge to navigate because Cookie's adoption is a closed adoption for all of our safety - and bringing us to any meetings with family members makes us vulnerable. And, um, we're a pretty memorable couple. If you see us once, you're likely to recognize us if you see us again. :)

So, if I don't get around to posting until Saturday, here's a picture of our new little girl:


13 comments:

S. said...

She is beautiful!!

Cozyquilter said...

"Delurking here" to say how beautiful your new baby daughter is. What a shock and I am so glad that you are able to keep both kids together. My prayers are with you. I have so enjoyed your blog. Thanks God bless and good luck.

K.

Laurie said...

Delurking to say. WOW and I'm so excited to hear how the story unfolds. I hope it all goes smoothly and these girls grow up together with you like they should.

So glad I got a peek at the picture. She is beautiful and I see her sister in her too.

Laurie

Julie said...

She is beautiful!!!! I am so excited!!! Can't wait to hear- and see pics of Cookie with the little sugar lump- :)

happyadoptingmom said...

Wow what a doll:) CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Cindy said...

She is beautiful! I am so happy for you guys. I can't find your email address, pls email me so I can ask you somethign. thx.

JUST A MOM said...

she is so sweete,,, question do they do blood paternity tests there????? so they know the father for sure????


hurry home and enjoy

Amanda said...

Beautiful - thanks for sharing the picture and I can't wait to hear about when you meet her :-)

Debbie said...

She is gorgeous. I hope that she will have the same lovely life Cookie has and stay with you. I shall pray for you all.

KrazyMom said...

She is beautiful! Praying things will work out smoothly for your family.

cindy said...

I know I'm not the only one checking back here neurotically for an update......

Overwhelmed! said...

Ah, she's a beauty! I'm offering up prayers that an adoption will happen and go smoothly for your family!

Thanks for sharing!

April said...

She is absolutely beautiful! Praying for all of you!