So where did we leave off? Oh right, Sprout turned 5, graduated from pre-school and was having a tough go of things. Rosebud was sassy yet smiley and Daisy was my happy-go-lucky little blob of baby cuteness.
July came and Sprout was first introduced to the term ‘adopted’. That TPR they had been talking about back in May had still not been filed and I had a meltdown in an Old N.avy changing room. On the parenting front, we kicked Daisy out of our room and picked up a few new tricks to fight the whineys.
August was a quiet month as I focused on family issues, but I did manage to answer some of your questions. I also wrote about how important it is to talk to your kids about race. I’m really happy to see that as one of my most popular posts. We also enjoyed our annual vacation to the beach, but it looks like I neglected to blog about it!
September, September – where do I begin? Well, Sprout started Kindergarten (rocked it out, more like!) and gracefully answered some tough questions. We also focused on getting healthy and one night Sprout melted my heart. I talked some more about race and what I would like to teach my children. But perhaps the biggest thing of all, was the first time we met mom. What a day that was!
In October, I celebrated my 29th bday. It could have been a bad day, but I didn’t let it. It was also the month of Yom Kippur which triggered some big feelings in Sprout. Not surprisingly, the crazy came back. We got through it, though, and went on to celebrate babywearing and my big girl!
November did not start well. And while we continued to build our relationship with mom, there were some awkward moments. I even confessed to not loving my kids the same. But we also had 2 wonderful highlights this month. First was Daisy baby’s birthday! And my most popular post of all time recounted our trip to meet Santa – love that man.
In December Rosebud potty trained herself. Merry Christmas to the mommies! Then things really picked up with the kids’ case when TPR was finally filed, mom agreed to make a lifebook for the kids, and we made an open adoption proposal. Understandably, the whirlwind sparked a few questions. Meanwhile, we really enjoyed getting into the holiday spirit. We close out the year still being on hold but that’s okay, because I have a feeling 2012 just might be the most incredible yet. We believe in miracles.
Happy New Year to you all! Thank you so much for following along and offering so much support for the crazy twists and turns of our journey. I hope 2012 finds you (or at least leaves you!) filled to the brim with happiness and love.