Binky of Baron Von Poopy Pants

It has been almost exactly two months since my last blog post, so it felt like time for another one.  There are lots of reasons for the relative drought, but I won’t bore you with those.  The most compelling one is that I have been busy being a dad.  And playing Dr. Mario. And trying to keep track of The Baron’s binky.

We have lots of pet names for Mr. Baby (also known as Baby #2).  For now, we will call him Baron Von Poopy Pants or simply The Baron.  For those concerned individuals who read my last blog, the amount and frequency of poop has subsided, as expected although the odor has not.

A picture showing the obscured ace of a baby and an unobscured pacifier/binky
Baron Von Poopy Pants puts his own binky in

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The Poopening

Another Placement

In my last post I left a not so subtle hint that our time without fostering was relatively brief.  So for anyone who missed it, we have another placement already. 

Although I still can’t reveal a great deal about the circumstances of the placement, I am going to  share the gender this time around.

We have a… <dramatic pause>

A pictuare of cheesecake and not baby poop
This is NOT a picture of poop. Aren’t you glad?  Although I guess it is actually potential poop… let’s not think of it that way though, shall we?

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No Baby for Thanksgiving

I came up with the title for this post in kind of a hurry and when I read it upon review, I realized it might be interpreted different than my intention. So just to clarify, for those of you who thought I was considering eating a baby for Thanksgiving, rest assured, the thought never crossed my mind.

What I mean by No Baby for Thanksgiving is this: Our first foster placement ended just before Thanksgiving.

What I imagine it would look like to baby if I were to change its diaper. Uh well I am wearing a suit, I guess.
What I imagine it would look like to baby if I were to change its diaper. Uh well I am wearing a suit, I guess.

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Finally A Daddy

Over a week has gone by and what we initially expected to be a 3-4 day placement has been at least twice that long!  Due to the nature of foster placements, I don’t feel like it is prudent to publicly share too many specifics.  For that reason baby will just be baby and I will use gender neutral pronouns.

I can't post pictures of baby, so here is a cinnamon that is almost as sweet as the baby.
I can’t post pictures of baby, so here is a cinnamon that is almost as sweet as the baby.

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And I Thought Last Week Was Interesting

So little...
So little…

Yup.  That’s me.  Feeding a baby.  My foster baby.

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First Week as Foster Parents

So although we have been licensed as foster parents for a few weeks, we weren’t really considered for placements until after we meet with our caseworker (our RFC for those in know).

We met with her on Monday and it was quite a week.

The rats! They keep coming! This picture has little to do with the actual post.

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My House Isn’t Big Enough

I’m going to take a break this week from the traditional adoption vs fostering to adopt posts I have been doing.

I am also going to start off with a confession.  We weren’t contacted by a birth mother.  We were contacted by TWO.  On Thursday we received notification that our home is now licensed for foster care.  And then yesterday we were contacted by someone who wasn’t a birth mother about another adoption.  We still need some more details on that one, but all this combined with looking at adoption exchanges the last week as made me realize something.


Pulling a fast one on Mr. Stewart. For some reason I find this idea of pickpocketing hilarious and tend to do it more than once per visit to the wax museum.
Getting small home “loan” from Mr. Stewart. For some reason I find this idea of pickpocketing celebrities hilarious and tend to do it more than once per visit to the wax museum.  I also find at least one per visit that looks like they are panhandling and I usually give them something I took from one of their better off fellow famous-people.

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Traditional Adoption vs Foster Care – The Kids

Craig is getting kicked in the face by Bruce Lee
Hard decisions can be like a kick to the face!

I am so very grateful for the love and support shown by friends and family in the comments when I shared my last post on Facebook.  Something that became clear to me however is that I left folks with the impression that we weren’t sure which option to choose.  While that is true we will have to make that decision, it isn’t going to be now.


We are choosing BOTH for now.  The hard decision is when once a child is going to be placed in our home.  And really it may turn out we don’t really have a choice in the matter.

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Traditional Adoption vs Foster Care – Cost

After five years of feeling like we had so little progress in traditional adoption, we decided pursue something we had always wanted to do after we had already started our family, i.e. become foster parents with the goal of adopting.

But now, seemingly out of the blue, we have been contacted by a birth mother.  Coincidentally, this happened right around the time we were finalizing our foster care licensing.   Will the adoption work out? We have no idea.  But the timing of all of this is leading to some very difficult decisions.  As a result of such, I thought it would be good to do a series of blog posts about some of the differences between traditional adoption and adoption through foster care.

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I’m Terrible at This

I’m terrible at this blogging thing. There’s no way to get better without trying though, right?

Quick updates:

  • We started process to become licensed as foster parents this year.  We are almost there!  It is definitely a different path from traditional adoption, but it is something we were always considering.
  • After so many years of waiting with no results, we have finally heard from a birth mother!  It is still far too early to know if things will work out.  I know so many who had too many false starts on this, but it is hard to not be a little more excited than we probably should be.

Okay, there is a start.  Hopefully our next post won’t be when our children start school college.