Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Quick like a bunny

We got some thrilling and terrifying news on Monday night during our homestudy.

It turns out that we'll have anywhere from 24 hours to 7 days between the time we get the call for our match till the time our child will move in with us. Ms. Stork told us that a likely scenario for a newborn would be that the baby would be born and would stay in the hospital while DSS works with the baby's mom; once it became clear that the baby wasn't going to go home with her/his birthmom, the baby's social worker would scramble to find her/him a foster family or a preadoptive family, depending on the child's needs. Ms. Stork said that once the match was made, placement could occur within 24 hours.

Jeepers. That's quick.

With an older baby or a toddler, Ms. Stork said it's safe to assume that our kiddo would be coming to us from foster care. Depending on the foster family's situation, the transition could take anywhere from a day or two to a week. They try to make the transition period short for little kids since they don't quite get the whole transition thing anyway, but still.

To repeat: That's quick.

It strikes me that our place is almost set for a child between birth and 24 months, with 2 notable exceptions: we still need a crib, and we still need a stroller. Of course, those are the priciest things on our registry, so we haven't wanted to buy them before we started our wait. But seeing as how the wait will officially begin in a week, I'm thinking it's time to finish up that shopping. We can run into Target to get baby shampoo, nail clippers, onesies, etc. last minute if necessary, but it would suck royally to have to set up a crib with a 24-hour deadline looming. Know what I mean, Vern? Ikea trips are stressful enough without Impending Parenthood on the horizon.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Canada said...

Honey, you have the Moses basket, and newborns aren't particular about where they sleep (or even IF they sleep!). Corwin slept in his bucket car seat for about 3 months. I didn't care, because he actually slept. Clara, on the other hand . . . she was known as the "party girl" because of her penchant for wanting to be awake at 2 am.

I am SOOOOO excite for you guys!!!!

3:45 PM  
Blogger Clementine said...

I know, but chances are good that our kiddo will be older than 3 months when s/he comes to us. I'd feel better with a crib in the house.

4:06 PM  
Anonymous Jenny PP said...

So crazy!!!!!!!!!

Dear Hester Willa,

Lennie-ing to commence.

love,
Auntie JPP

10:48 PM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

Jason slept in a pack n' play for the first couple of weeks after we brought him home from the hospital and for the first few weeks after we moved into our new place in Cambridge (when he was six months old) and he was perfectly fine with it.

11:52 AM  
Blogger Psycho Kitty said...

That's what I was going to suggest--do you have a P&P? They sure come in handy regardless, and could function in a pinch if you needed it to do. We had one with a bassinet attachment that the Girl slept in until she was 3 month old...

11:07 AM  
Blogger Clementine said...

Thanks for the P&P and car seat suggestions, you guys. Although I know the P&P is a lifesaver for many parents, we're not planning to get one--our house is only 650 square feet. We figure that we'll need a crib or toddler bed eventually, so that's the piece of furniture we'd rather buy. Perhaps Ikea is in the cards for this weekend!

1:16 PM  

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