We learn and adapt our behavior in the small things we do and notice every day. In 2017, I'm keeping track of these tiny lessons and adaptations in my life.
The Childcare Crunch is Real
I found out this week I will become a foster parent to a 2 year old boy! First big hurdle before he arrived was to find suitable daycare. I called over 30 daycares in my area and most all of them laughed me off the phone because they have a 1.5 year waiting list and only enroll in September. Luckily I did find him a spot, but I understand this gap is a serious problem for parents.
Read the Instruction Manual
I can't stand doing this, but this week I've had to figure out how to install a carseat, assemble a diaper genie, and open a ton of plastic containers full of todder gear. I basically have to meditate and endure the process of doing these things, and I know it's always better to follow the instructions than to just wing it and have to do everything multiple times.
Accept the Love and Support You're Offered
Wow. I have a much stronger and more devoted network of support to become a foster parent than I thought. I've been completely overwhelmed with notes and kindnesses, and support, and toys and clothes, and supplies in anticipation of the little one. Having never been married or had a baby before, it's brand new to have such a fuss. It's a little uncomfortable, even, but also immeasurably reassuring to know that I have a safety net to help me through this foray into foster parenting.
Embrace the Good Kind of Fear
I didn't sleep much this week. Many months of moving towards the moment of becoming a foster parent culminated in a crazy amount of adrenaline, excitement, and fear. It feels like jumping off a cliff to become an instant parent. I think in a good way.
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