I'm not sure if we are premature in our preparations given that we haven't yet been to panel, but we are now "ready" for our new arrival. We spent the weekend sorting out the room, unwrapping things we have bought and washing anything new in the same laundry liquid that the foster carer uses. Her room looks really pretty. I bought these alphabet wall stickers from chocovenyl:
So now her name is on the wall. She's not old enough to know but it made me feel a real contrast to kids who are adopted and kids who are in foster care. We have spent ages making a room which is hers and will feel like her space, which although it seems superficial, I think it's actually hugely important. It's hard to feel special when you know that loads of other people have slept where you slept and used all the things you use. I'm becoming quite passionate about children in care and I wonder if my career will head in that direction at some point. It's a massive leap from teaching in a private school but part of me feels like I want to do more than adopt one or two.
Talking of one or two. Right now I can't imagine having two children. I am so excited about being a three person family. I am looking forward to there being two of us and one of her and we have so many close friends with children that I'm sure she will make some really strong relationships there. I wonder if I will change my mind in a few years time...maybe!
I have been using my energy in ridiculous over planning! Yes...I've written out the recipes for play dough and salt dough, laminated them and put them on my blackboard. I've made a bag for junk modelling and given it a cute little (laminated - obv) label. I'm hugely inspired by Anna over at:
Brilliant! I now have a shopping list which includes huge amounts of salt.
Maybe when I'm busy mummying about I'll find inspiration to blog about the activities we do. I'm so excited about all the things we will do together, and all the things we will introduce her to which she hasn't seen or done! Swimming, play dough, painting, chalk... so exciting.
I'm formulating a plan to be a mumtrepeneur. I think that's what they call them. Right now I have no idea what sort, and I suspect this may be a pipe dream, but I can dream! If the mumtrepeneuring doesn't work out I will be back to work part time in a year....I suspect this is the most likely course of events! Still...I do love my job, I'm just already worrying about not being there to excite and stimulate our baby (and me!).
Still...there is plenty of time to worry about that!
Only a week and a bit until panel...and then Christmas and then...that gro-bag I've just washed won't be so shiny and new any more!
Take care everyone! x