Tuesday, November 2, 2010


In case you blow up the picture, yes, my neck is red. I was really nervous with the third-degree questioning I received about being Joye's forever mom. (Not really, but he did ask some really weird questions, none that I expected, but legit.) My neck gets red when I get nervous and I HATE it! Just so you know. :)

Chad "swearing" to take good care of Joye.
"Our Day" in court.
The three Amigos.
Kaleb and Tootsie.
We were scheduled for Finalization on Friday. I got a call yesterday that there was a "conflict" and that they had an opening for today at 4:30 or we could possibly reschedule for next week. Since they had an opening, we took the 4:30! Sooooo, it's official! She's ours! Forever!

Today, she also turns 18 months AND it was this day a year ago that we formally accepted!!! How cool is THAT!?

Speaking of official, she has officially started walking and chooses that mode of transportation about 85% of the time. It's really cute to see her walk. The last two days she just decided that it was time!

See the pic of her and I? Cute, right? Well, she and I didn't get along today. At. All. It took me THREE HOURS to feed her breakfast. It was oatmeal, for crying out LOUD! I have fed her oatmeal for the past 2-3 weeks. Loves oatmeal. Never a problem. She woke up yesterday morning ready to rumble in the eating department. And rumble we did. Same thing for lunch. She sits with a mouth full of food and won't swallow! She will, when she darn-well feels like it! Seriously! She's sat up to 30 minutes with a bite STILL in her mouth. One thing that she knows only SHE can control, I guess. Highly frustrating - to say the least. Like I have time to sit around in the kitchen for three hours! I think her appetite has shrunk, so for the meantime, I think I will feed her when she shows signs of being hungry. I honestly do NOT have the slightest idea of what is going on in her little noggin. It's a battle, that's all I know. One of many in the career of parenting, I'm afraid. So we look like buds for the camera, but it's a facade. Hate to say it, but oh-so-true.

Love her to death, my little Tootsie, but the terrible two's have came earlier than expected. Oy.


Michelle said...

Congratulations! So very exciting for all of you. I can't believe that it's already here - how time flies. How cool that it all happened today! It was meant to be. Very special. Love the pictures (red neck and all). :)

Steve and Karen said...

First..congrats on finalizing. We go in about 2 weeks. I didn't even know that there would be any questions. Now my neck is getting red.

Second...seriously....your oatmeal is our beans. Amazing how "determined" they can be isn't it??

So wonderful to see your family together...forever.

Michelle said...

That's wonderful! How great it must be to have the final step of the process behind you! And yes, they definitely know that they run the show and boy are they determined! My husband always says "we work for them"... :) It's always something new, isn't it.

Brittany said...

Congratulations Jayme!! I'm with Karen- they ask questions?! Wasn't that the social workers job-Yikes- I think I'll be red too.
Sounds like a crazy breakfast, you are very patient. I don't think I would have been.

Christy said...

Wow! How exciting! Congratulations!

Larsen Family said...

Congratulations. We just had our 3rd post placement visit tonight. Praying that we can finalize by the end of the year. :0

Kelly said...

Congratulations on your "official" family of 5!!! What a great feeling!

Kelly said...

Congrats on finalizing!!!!! Sorry you guys got asks weird questions, must be dependent on the judge, as we didn't get asked anything except do we promise to love her and take care of her for the rest of her life. It is definitely nerve-wracking being in front of a judge EVER!!

ANd, OMGosh, Briar does the SAME thing with the food thing when she's being stubborn about not liking something!!! It is so frustrating!!!

Marcus/Tash said...

Congratulations! We are very excited for your family. Good luck with the food. I had to laugh :) Sometimes kids sure have funny ideas of how to get what they want, don't they? Keep up the good work Mama! Again, Congrats on finalization!!