So, as you would expect with a 3 year old, a 4 month old, and a 1 week old, there is not much time to blog. So, I’m going to hit you up with everything I got so far on this one blog. Hang tight.
Everyone in the Stacy household is sick. Apparently Littlest M was sick when they brought her to us 2 weeks ago. (We know this because her other two siblings have the same thing…DHR forgot to mention it to us after her doctor’s appointment last week.) She just started showing symptoms 3 days ago. Now Jeff and I have sore throats. Praying the tiniest member of the household doesn’t get it. The doctor said it was just a cold. Littlest M also had to get 4 shots this week…while she was sick! I’m not a fan of vaccinations, especially when a baby’s immune system is already weakened because of sickness. Jeff tried to fight the vaccines (he brought her to the appointment) but they wouldn’t hear of it. You are required to vaccinate all foster children.
Things are going pretty well. I would say everything is running smoothly, except for the sickness stuff. We stay at home except for worship, and to go on walks. We have had tons of visitors and our little brood loves that! It’s just difficult to get them all out of the house. We thought we were going to have to buy a minivan, but Jeff was able to cram all three carseats into the back of our car! What a blessing!
E especially loves all the attention from visitors. That’s been the hardest part…trying to give him all the attention he needs. Sometimes it feels like whoever screams the loudest gets the most attention. With two babies, there is almost always someone that needs changed or fed, so it’s difficult to give E the one on one attention. He is doing fairly well and when Jeff gets home he makes sure to spend some time with him.
I am mostly amazed by the amount of laundry these days. I actually find it quite enjoyable folding all the teensy clothes. Another thing that I am starting to rather enjoy is changing diapers…weird I know. I have switched Littlest M completely to cloth. I bought all of her diapers from Alvababy. They are AI2’s and only cost $450 -$8.99 a piece! They ship from China, it only took a week and a half, but I made sure to pay $1.99 for the insurance (I think that is why they got here so fast). I tried to mix up my stash with PUL, Minky, and Bamboo diapers. The bamboo and minkys come with 2 bamboo inserts, the PUL’s come with microfiber. Littlest M is a very heavy wetter, everything else I’ve used she’s soaked right through. Last night was the first night in the Alva’s and she didn’t leak! The only negative is that they say they only fit 8lbs-40lbs. BUT they are HUGE on Everett.
Everett has had terrible diaper rash. I don’t know if it’s the formula, the disposables or the wipes. Jeff bought some Destin, but when I read the back it said fragrance, parabens, petroleum! I don’t think you can even use diaper cream with cloth and I’m starting to make his cloth diapers….I hope that helps with the rash. I found a preemie pattern and will keep making his until he can fit in the Alvas. Littlest M is 14lbs and I have it on one of the smallest settings on her.
In case you are confused about all our children and who is who, I will give you a super quick breakdown:
E- He has been here the longest. He came to us June 19th as a potential adoption. We are still waiting on some legal things that could take 6 or more months. E is 3.
Littlest M- She came to us a few weeks ago as a weekend placement. She was only supposed to be here over the weekend, but her stay has been extended. We don’t know what the future holds for her, but she does have two older siblings that we are trying to get her placed with. It’s never a good thing for biological siblings to be seperated. DHR doesn’t seemed too concerned and said they will “talk about it” at the next ISP at the end of the month. She is 4 months old.
Everett- Everett was born on July 29th and came to us that Thursday. We actually got a baby straight from the hospital!!! He is considered a high risk adoption placement…meaning there are plenty of things that could pop up, but the goal is adoption with him also. They will not be meeting to discuss his case until September.
Please pray for our family and all our little bitties.
How we do feedings. Sometimes they will be hungry at the same time. Two Boppy’s, two babies, two bottles.
Check out M’s cute Alvababy diaper!!!
Check out Budda Baby’s thighs!
Everett’s unused crib in our room. He likes to sleep on my chest.
Changing area at the foot of our bed for midnight changings.
I’ve got M sleeping through the night in a swing or propped up on a Boppy (she’s so congested.) Everett usually wakes around 2, 4, and 6 for a fresh diaper and bottle. E sleeps from 8:30 to 8am every night. M and Everett usually go to sleep between 10pm and 12pm. It’s pretty crazy and quite impossible to put babies on a schedule.