Wednesday, February 22, 2012
We met with our licensing specialist last night for our final interview and to sign more paperwork. We are the first family to have everything ready so she is writing up our report today and will send it to her supervisor to be reviewed in the next couple of days. Last night when she was here I asked her how long the state is taking to complete licenses and she said just a couple of days, oh my goodness! I was under the impression it was more like 2-4 weeks. When we began the process to become foster parents we were told 6 months so I have been preparing myself for our first placement in May. As we got closer it was apparent that it would be sooner than that, maybe the end of March. Now it looks like the first week of March. I couldn't sleep last night, I kept making a mental list of everything I still needed to buy that I wanted to have on hand until I could get to the store once we receive "the call". I spent the morning at the zoo with my little girl then off to Target we went! Since we are open for kiddos from birth-1 buying clothes is almost impossible! I have a few gender neutral onesies and sleepers in a couple of sizes so at least I have something clean to put them in. Today I bought a can of formula, diapers in size 1 and 3, wipes, baby cereal and 2 jars of food, a baby monitor and who knows what else! I already have everything else I think I will need except for a playpen. We have a brand new crib but since I wont know which room to put it in until we know the age and sex of the child I don't want to set it up yet. A playpen can pop open at a moments notice and will definitely be helpful. So now that I am ready I think I can breathe! Placements are still happening in our county within days of being licensed, there is such a desperate need for foster homes right now. I am excited, anxious, a little nervous but in my naivete I feel ready! I think I will be on pins and needles for the next couple of weeks. Breathe!