Saturday, May 21, 2016

Life Just Got a Lot More Interesting

This is what has been happening this week.  

Enter, baby jail.

He's not really happy to be in the Exersaucer anymore, so I need a way to contain him at times. 

Elmer's been a busy boy this week!

Friday, May 13, 2016

What Has Elmer Become?

Elmer has been turning into all kinds of things lately! 

  • Human Garbage Disposal: He is eating all kinds of baby foods, puffs, and small bites of table food.  He has liked EVERYTHING I have given him!  Except spinach.  He will bang the table and/or whine/fuss between each bite to get more. 
  • Houdini: See that strap by his feet?  I was tucking the excess under the car seat so he wouldn't chew on it, since the strap touches the ground when I put the car seat down.  Well, he has now figured out how to move his feet around on top of it to wiggle the strap out, so he can lift it up with his feet and grab it with his hands to chew on it! 
  • Wiggle Worm: He is moving EVERYWHERE!  He can get up on his hands and knees, move from the floor to sitting up by himself, and is constantly moving!
  • Albert Einstein: He will purposefully put his bib over his face, and then pull it down when I say, "Where did you go?"  Most seven-month olds will pull a blanket off of their face to play peek-a-boo, but I think it's pretty advanced to independently put something over his face to start the game. 
  • My Offspring: We were at the doctor's office yesterday, and another patient's mom said, "Aww, he looks JUST like you!"  

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Things That Have Been Said About Elmer by Strangers This Weekend

  • He looks like a baby model!
  • Hi!  Oh wow!  That is a big smile!
  • He's so happy!  Is he always this happy?  [Pretty much.]
  • He looks like the Gerber baby.
  • When a baby comes through here that is calm like that, it makes me want to have kids.  (said by the teenaged grocery store cashier)

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Meet Elmer

For anyone new to the blog, this is 7-month old Elmer. 
7-month old with a high-risk history who has just started getting up on his hands and knees, and who has just learned to purposefully put his bib up over his face and pull it back down to play peek-a-boo. 
7-month old who is now one of the most "chill" babies I have ever seen, but once was a 6-week old who was never fully settled. 
7-month old who smiles all. the. time. but whose adorable smile I can't show you.  :(

Elmer is the fifth foster child that has been placed with me.  He is the first one that has had a primary plan of adoption.  The next step is another merits hearing that will be scheduled for dad in June sometime (he has not showed up for the first two).  The caseworker thinks they will be asking for recommendation of TPR (termination of parental rights) as well during that court date.  This case is going on way too long for one where the parents aren't even being given a treatment plan.