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Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   10-20-2014, 11:34 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 267
Posted By pumpkingirl71
old timer looking for support

Hello everyone,

I guess I have to reintroduce myself. I was a regular around here for a long time. I brought my adopted daughter home almost nine years ago the same week as another mother here...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   08-08-2013, 08:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 879
Posted By pumpkingirl71
I really liked it.  I got it from the library,...

I really liked it.  I got it from the library, so the cost didn't freak me out http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif  The writing wasn't great, but I love that a celebrity adopted from...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   06-29-2013, 07:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 256
Posted By pumpkingirl71
http://www.npr.org/2013/06/27/195967886/six-words...

http://www.npr.org/2013/06/27/195967886/six-words-black-babies-cost-less-to-adopt
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   06-07-2013, 08:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 737
Posted By pumpkingirl71
Sending my hugs and encouragement!   You are...

Sending my hugs and encouragement!
 
You are having all of the right thoughts, except one :)  Please remember to be gentle with yourself.  If is so hard not to hate yourself when you can't keep...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   05-09-2013, 07:25 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 3,376
Posted By pumpkingirl71
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by mama24-7 http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1372607/dont-know-what-to-do-with-16-month-old/80#post_17349879)...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   05-01-2013, 07:48 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 3,376
Posted By pumpkingirl71
We just did a does of MOM with Exlax (for an...

We just did a does of MOM with Exlax (for an eight year old).  Yikes! That was intense....
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   04-30-2013, 09:17 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 3,376
Posted By pumpkingirl71
My daughter had the same problem due to a...

My daughter had the same problem due to a reversed colostomy.  We used 1/3 corn starch, 1/3 Target brand zinc oxide cream and 1/3 vaseline.  The stuff is nasty, but it works like magic in healing...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   04-04-2013, 06:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,046
Posted By pumpkingirl71
Jenny only lived with her birthmother from birth...

Jenny only lived with her birthmother from birth to 4 months.  Her older siblings feel very attached to her as their sister.  But Jenny has never lived with her youngest sibling and has seen her...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   03-07-2013, 08:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,046
Posted By pumpkingirl71
My daughter's birthmother (L) had twins she...

My daughter's birthmother (L) had twins she parented until they were about 7, had her rights terminated for my daughter, and is currently patenting a 4 year old.  Jenny is 8.  It is very tricky. ...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   10-31-2012, 07:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 674
Posted By pumpkingirl71
Everything Heatherdeg said.  Older kids will...

Everything Heatherdeg said.  Older kids will decide for themsleveshttp://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/duck.gif
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   10-04-2012, 07:56 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 7,411
Posted By pumpkingirl71
Then don't say you can't.  Say you choose not...

Then don't say you can't.  Say you choose not to.  I would never say I "can't" adopt internationally because I have ethical issues with international adoption.
Quote:Originally Posted by Mamma...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   09-29-2012, 07:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 287
Posted By pumpkingirl71
Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!  I am so happy for you and your...

Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!  I am so happy for you and your family!
 
Now you could post pictures.  Just saying....http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/joy.gif
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   09-23-2012, 07:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 437
Posted By pumpkingirl71
One thing I have to say about asking for help...

One thing I have to say about asking for help (financial or otherwise), is that then friends become invested in the adoption.  You are matched with a birthmom, but nothing is final.  I feel like a...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   09-23-2012, 06:57 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,221
Posted By pumpkingirl71
Quote: Processing and surrendering of...

Quote: Processing and surrendering of sentimental attachments is the name of the game of my spiritual path.  Attachment is suffering.  Bliss arises in the absence of attachment. 



 
I would...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   09-17-2012, 09:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,115
Posted By pumpkingirl71
This is only anecdotal, but there were two...

This is only anecdotal, but there were two babies with Downs in my daughter's foster home.  I don't know about the wait to adopt them, but I know the foster mom was waiting for the legal issues to...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   09-16-2012, 02:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,008
Posted By pumpkingirl71
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by kathteach http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   09-03-2012, 07:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 310
Posted By pumpkingirl71
Could you just swap out rescue for adoption...

Could you just swap out rescue for adoption when you read the book?
 
For what it is worth, my eight year old loves that she is adopted and so are our pets.  She has a very complicated...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   09-03-2012, 07:53 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,594
Posted By pumpkingirl71
 Thanks Sesa...

 Thanks Sesa http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif  The more moms who say this, the less crazy I feel!  Six years in, I finally feel like I am in a good place, but "concerned"...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   09-01-2012, 01:43 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,594
Posted By pumpkingirl71
I just wanted to say that this family is in a...

I just wanted to say that this family is in a very bad place. I would not say anything.  As others have said, I would just offer as much support as I could.  I have a child who was very hard to bond...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   08-08-2012, 09:09 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,061
Posted By pumpkingirl71
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by heatherdeg http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   08-06-2012, 08:03 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,052
Posted By pumpkingirl71
To me, a "globally gifted" child would not get...

To me, a "globally gifted" child would not get bored and act out.  They would be able to process what was going on around them and do just fine.  But most super high IQ kids are not in that boat. ...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   08-06-2012, 06:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 558
Posted By pumpkingirl71
My daughter's foster mom and dad took amazing...

My daughter's foster mom and dad took amazing trips.  They had a a lot of foster children, all with medical needs.  Each child did respite with a nurse/health aid.  My feelings toward this practice...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   08-04-2012, 01:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 366
Posted By pumpkingirl71
Every state runs informational meetins for...

Every state runs informational meetins for foster parents.  I would just attend one.  Then you can ask questions, but be sort of "off record."
 
Have you seen this resource:
 ...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   08-03-2012, 07:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 366
Posted By pumpkingirl71
Welcome...

Welcome http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif
 
It is kind of a mantra here to say that every state is different.  I would guess that you would be at the mercy of local social...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   07-29-2012, 06:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 535
Posted By pumpkingirl71
I don't think celebrating adoption is...

I don't think celebrating adoption is controversial, but it is really important to be sensitive to your kid and how they react.  I think styling the party as a birthday party is a great idea.  That...
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