We went into the courtroom with our dd's bio sisters and their family, and we all finalized together. Then we celebrated with a picnic at the park with them, we gained a daughter AND a beautiful relationship between our two families.
Josephine was placed with us from the foster care system when she was 25 months old, in June 2011, and we finalized September 2012.
It is such a relief, and now we can leave the vitamins on the counter again. lol
We have just under 1200 sq ft. It's Dh, me, 18 y/o ds and his drum kit ;), 14, 8 and 3 y/o dd's. 2 cats 2 dogs. It's cramped sometimes but I can hear everything that happens in the house and can get it clean fairly quickly.
Mt youngest dd sucked on her shirt and chewed it too when she was 5. I finally figured out that her 6 year molars could be coming in, took a look and yeah. Got her a teething necklace like the pp mentioned and it helped, but nothing ceased the habit until the teeth were all in completely. They take a LONG time...
That made me think of scrambled egg muffins... I make them for DH. They usually include cheese (we use almond cheese), you can add meat of some sort if you eat that, chopped veggies, etc, then you bake them in muffin tins. Very portable, high protein, freezable too. Google and you will find a ton of variations/recipes.
I always have beans in the fridge and my 2 teens love to make nachos (chips, beans, salsa/avocado, sometimes olives). My 14 year old makes egg salad for a snack and eats it in lettuce leaves or on toast. Dinner leftovers are eaten for snacks or breakfast by my 18 year old.
We have big gaps... 18, 14, 8 and 2 years old.
The hardest part is that the older 2 are emotionally complex right now so that takes a lot of energy, then the 2 year old takes a lot of energy in other ways. I am up late talking to teens and up early with my littles!
Mostly it's really wonderful to have so many different stages at once, and I love to see my older kids loving on or playing with my little kids. <3
I got sucked into conversations early on whenever I was out with my youngest. (We are the adoptive placement through foster care) She has an unusual haircolor and every.one.in.the.world. has to comment on it. Then the grilling starts: Where did she get that hair? Does your dh have that color hair? Who in your family has that color? etc etc. At first, I would be startled and blurt out that her mom has that color and one of her sisters, too. That would lead to more...