Happy Birthday Baby!

Where has the time gone?! It has been almost a month since we celebrated baby girls birthday! She is a full blown toddler now 🙂 and definitely giving me a run for my money. I expected to buckle up and get ready for the ride, but why did I think I had more time?! It seems like she grew up overnight, and I just can’t believe how much she’s changed during the last 2 months.

Helping us celebrate!

I was grateful to share her birthday with the folks who have grown to love baby girl almost as much as I do (lol, I’m sure they love her just as much). The day was a nice as anyone could hope for during this time of “COVID Friendly” celebrations. Five folks came and celebrated with the “Busy Bee” and she had a blast with all the attention. I was hoping she would have tore into her cake, stuffed her mouth, and licked her fingers… but NOPE!!!! Busy bee touched the frosting and flicked it off her fingers and literally was about to push the cake off of her highchair. LOL! She was not feeling it, but later on that week… she did at least taste a crumb of that cake. Sigh…. But over all, a good time was had celebrating this awesome young life!

Miss Bee has been hitting milestones left and right! She had been taking steps here and there and cruising around the furniture, but about two days after her birthday she literally stood up and started walking around the room. I really wasn’t prepared for walking to just happen like that. LOL! I don’t know what I thought would happen, but clearly this was not it! LOL! I have been a nervous wreck because she walks around and tries to run, but her balance is not always the best. She did fall one day and bruised her lip… I was so sad when she cried (I’m a sucker who can’t stand to hear her cry). She now has 5 teeth and is sleeping for longer stretches overnight (yay!). Eating has been a challenge!! My mother said that she would have sworn I birthed this child because I gave the same challenge of being a picky eater. I have tried everything and I am driving myself crazy fixing foods for her to only reject them. LOL! Even the foods she likes one day, she will not touch the next. It’s really frustrating to say the least. I want to make sure she is eating and getting proper nutrition, but she is not making that easy. I feel a lot of pressure because her doctor put me on notice during her year checkup that she shouldn’t still be eating pureed foods, but baby girl WILL eat a pouch of (toddler blend) purees… but will barely touch table food. If anyone has had a picky eater or a toddler that had a longer time of switching to table foods, I am open to your suggestions! She will fight to drink out of my cups and water bottles and sometimes eat off my plate, but that’s about it!

Busy Bee is going through a bit of a clingy phase. It’s so hard because she really doesn’t want me to put her down or be separated from me. It’s hard because she will only allow one specific teacher to take her from me at daycare drop off… if not she is crying so hard, crocodile tears and all. It makes my heart so sad.

Court is next month, and while her lawyer doesn’t think too much will change at this time… you just never know what may happen. Although court has absolutely nothing to do with me, it’s always a very emotional time for me and I’m sure for the bio family as well. I enjoy this busy bee buzzing around the house daily… she comes in every day like a ball of fire! It’s so wonderful to see :-).

If you are interested, I was featured in an article in Christianity Today on single foster and adoptive parents. If you are interested you can find the link here.

Author: Clarise_C

Hi! My name is Clarise. I'm currently going through the process of becoming a foster parent. I started this blog to share my journey with readers. I am not a writer, an expert on parenting, or even a parent... but so many folks have asked questions, I thought I would share. I am also an avid runner, nutrition coach and devoted Sunday school teacher (which is where I learn most of my patience with preschooler's :-)). I also work for a small agency called the VA. I hope you enjoy!

2 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Baby!”

  1. So many wonderful milestones, she’s growing and thriving and it’s beautiful to see. Yes, it’s quite hilarious when a one year is not interested in the cake while you excitedly wait for them to tear into it, and instead you get a meh! ☺️

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