For the first few months we had lots of long nights. When we picked you up you would hold your body up straight and arms out in a startled position and feet pointed straight down. You spent many, many hours in a baby wrap and we did lots of massage and stretching in the evenings before bed.
At your 2 week visit the Pediatrician and I talked about some digestive issues and he felt that breast-milk would be beneficial for you. He had me tested as a milk donor for you and approved. You had the most amazing God-sent Attorney Ad-Litem named Mrs.Comte. She saw the recommendation by the Pediatrician and offered to take it to Judge Clark and ask for permission for me to breastfeed you. At around 6 weeks, the Judge gained verbal
approval from your birth Mom and gave the order for us to being nursing. But the agency we were licensed with said “NO”. They felt that there was a legal risk that you birth Mom might sue the agency and us later on and they felt that it wasn’t right for a baby to be nursed by a foster parent. We really wanted the very best for you even if we didn’t get to be your parents forever and we knew how much nursing would benefit you. So they attorney got permission for us to breastfeed you as soon as we were no longer licensed by the foster agency we were with. We made lots of phone calls and found a wonderful agency (Bair) who could see the benefit for you and began working to get us licensed. Our agency told the Judge that it would take months to get our license transferred and that if we began nursing while still licensed by them they would close our home and have CPS remove you from our home.
Judge Clark replied that she would just place you with us as Fictive Kin until we could be re-licensed by Bair so that we could begin nursing right away. We were blown away by God’s goodness through this. Texas had never allowed a child in foster care to be breastfed before.
Although we were allowed to breast-feed, we didn’t have any say over all of the regular immunizations that you were required to have at the regular scheduled intervals. But you did surprise me when, at your 2 month visit you had gotten three shots and, as soon as they let me pick you up, you snuggled your arms, legs, and head up under my chin in a little baby bundle for the first time. It was such a sweet moment.
The therapist were all amazing at how quickly you began to loosen up and become more snuggly and flexible! At your 4 month visit the pediatrician admitted that he wasn’t even sure that you needed therapy. You amazed everyone by starting sitting and crawling early!
You need a diaper change so I’ll end this one here… just know that you are loved SO VERY much and we thank God for each and every day that He gives us with you!