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Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   07-28-2014, 06:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 949
Posted By christophersmom
We adopted placements 1&2, both girls placed at 5...

We adopted placements 1&2, both girls placed at 5 months and 3 months. We got a call right after we went active again for a 4 day old that ended up going to relinquishment 2-3 months into case (DH...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   07-28-2014, 05:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,020
Posted By christophersmom
I get asked where are they from (people find it...

I get asked where are they from (people find it hard to believe they are both from my city, though one was born 3 hours away), are they real sisters, how long it takes to do their hair, etc. Older...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   02-18-2014, 02:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 641
Posted By christophersmom
Ours were much younger. Our first AD we...

Ours were much younger. Our first AD we shortened her first name and lengthened her middle name. Our second AD we changed completely.
Our current foster son goes by a shortened version of his...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   01-17-2014, 07:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 414
Posted By christophersmom
With my first DD no relationship. With my 2nd...

With my first DD no relationship. With my 2nd DD, we have a decent relationship with her bio dad. We've taken him out to brunch on holidays, met at the park, and went to his baptism. DD is 3 so she...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   01-02-2014, 12:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 696
Posted By christophersmom
My adopted daughters are 15 months apart, placed...

My adopted daughters are 15 months apart, placed with us almost exactly one year apart. They are doing wonderfully at 4 and 3. They are sisters and best friends and their relationship is amazing.
I...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   04-12-2013, 09:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 330
Posted By christophersmom
Beautiful!

Beautiful!
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   03-07-2013, 08:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 515
Posted By christophersmom
At this point, can't you be considered fictive...

At this point, can't you be considered fictive kin for this child? And hopefully you don't have any real worries. I remember being stressed that they were going to find some long lost relative of...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   03-07-2013, 08:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,047
Posted By christophersmom
My sister's birth mom parented kids 1, 2, and 5....

My sister's birth mom parented kids 1, 2, and 5. Placed number 3 and 4 for adoption. My sister in number 4. It is something she struggled with in her early teen years. It wasn't until mid teens that...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   01-24-2013, 12:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 798
Posted By christophersmom
Yeah, we used a milk share site and were able to...

Yeah, we used a milk share site and were able to get donor milk for both my girls. I had a hard time nursing DS and that coupled with we didn't know what age and when we'd get a kid, I didn't even...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   01-22-2013, 08:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 341
Posted By christophersmom
Not the same situation but my stepdad (who also...

Not the same situation but my stepdad (who also had never been a parent) came into my life at 15. I had never had a man tell me what to do, so we clashed a lot. He wanted to parent like I was 5. I'd...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   01-22-2013, 08:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 798
Posted By christophersmom
I have a friend who nursed her adoptive son, he...

I have a friend who nursed her adoptive son, he actually never had a drop of formula, she was able to get a full supply (without ever having been pregnant before so pretty amazing). She went on to...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   01-11-2013, 09:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,111
Posted By christophersmom
A pack and play would not be allowed in my...

A pack and play would not be allowed in my county as a perm sleeping arrangement. Funny that we did have my adopted daughter (15 months at time) sleep in a PNP for one week while we kept an 11 month...
Forum: Arts & Crafts   01-03-2013, 08:35 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,586
Posted By christophersmom
I'm with the others, but I also sew as a stress...

I'm with the others, but I also sew as a stress reliever, so that helps. I make a lot of baby gifts, make stuff to donate to friends' causes, and stuff around the home. Recently made couch cushions...
Forum: Arts & Crafts   01-03-2013, 08:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 382
Posted By christophersmom
I want to make a quilt for DS out of all his...

I want to make a quilt for DS out of all his sports team shirts. Still can't picture this, but good starting point. I am decent at sewing if I have a picture tutorial and an idea. I have no...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   01-02-2013, 09:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 348
Posted By christophersmom
It is truly the best way to end the year as an...

It is truly the best way to end the year as an official family of five! It was much longer this time, she has truly felt like "ours" since last year when her parents did a conditional...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   01-02-2013, 09:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 499
Posted By christophersmom
Congratulations! He is so cute.   I remember...

Congratulations! He is so cute.
 
I remember you saying no contact. Amazing how things work. Wonderful news! Our second daughter was an open adoption through foster care. It can work.
 
Forum: Infertility   01-02-2013, 09:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 895
Posted By christophersmom
I have only gotten pregnant twice on my own....

I have only gotten pregnant twice on my own. Once was after surgery to fix adhesions and second was after a saline ultrasound. My first was my DS who is now 9. When we did HSG and mine were blocked...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   12-18-2012, 09:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,608
Posted By christophersmom
UNC Chapel Hill has a 4 semester accelerated...

UNC Chapel Hill has a 4 semester accelerated program to get RN from another degree, then non-accelerated program is 6 semesters. There are several pre-req's though (science classes)....
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   12-18-2012, 08:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 348
Posted By christophersmom
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by Polliwog http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1370400/finalized#post_17204232)

Yay. I hadn't heard. You have...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   12-17-2012, 10:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 348
Posted By christophersmom
Our second DD is officially part of the family....

Our second DD is officially part of the family. We started fostering her January 2010, adoption finalized Nov. 2012. So happy that she is a permanent member of the family.
 
We have one bio son,...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   12-17-2012, 09:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,111
Posted By christophersmom
We bought our current home in May 2009, it's 4...

We bought our current home in May 2009, it's 4 beds, 3 baths, and a large bonus. We were lcensed in October 2009. So the room was set up with a full bed and dresser and not much else in preparation...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   12-17-2012, 09:51 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,235
Posted By christophersmom
I was nervous going in, but it was not totally...

I was nervous going in, but it was not totally invasive. The application was pretty extensive, so they knew a lot about us going in.
 
Recently for our DD's monthly visit, they asked how we made...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   12-05-2012, 09:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 693
Posted By christophersmom
I read the following:   ...

I read the following:
 
http://ourkidsareborrowed.blogspot.com/
 
http://tamlynn75random.blogspot.com/
 
The the one above, this is her link:...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   11-28-2012, 02:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 826
Posted By christophersmom
Love!

Love!
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   11-28-2012, 02:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 598
Posted By christophersmom
We were licensed for 0-5 first time and 0-6...

We were licensed for 0-5 first time and 0-6 second time. Neither time did I have a crib ready. The first time I had a full size bed. We live 4 miles from a 24 hour Walmart. They knew I'd buy a crib...
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