Saturday, January 09, 2010

The Adventure Begins - We get our first foster care placement!

So we got The Call. The call from Arlington County, where the foster coordinator gently asked "So...are you and Shira ready?" And so, at 9:00am this morning, we welcomed a beautiful baby boy into the Simon household. Mother and child are resting comfortably.

We're getting a crash course in baby preparation. We got in 1 visit to Target before the placement happened, where I debated if purchasing 10 bibs was excessive. Since 9am, we've gone through 11 bibs and 4 outfits. Apparently, 10 bibs is not excessive in the least.

While I can't post a photo of our newest family member, I can tell you that he's wonderfully cute and we're super excited we have him.

As is typical in a foster scenario, we have no idea how long he'll be with us - could be weeks, could be months, could be a year.

Finally, I've got to give a huge thanks to friends who have both offered and provided baby goodies. It's made the start to this adventure much easier.

OK, I'm going to try to get a bit of shuteye before we get our first baby wake-up call. With my luck, that will happen about the time I hit Publish on this blog entry.

I can't resist posting just a few photos...

Here's Uncle David setting up the baby monitor. While we obviously couldn't have planned to have my parents in town for our first placement, they've been a huge help. Even grandpa has chipped in and has been having fun.

You can't really appreciate the scale of this photo - but here it is, 1 days worth of dirty clothes. How on earth can a cute little baby produce so much dirty laundry?


  1. Sweeeeeeet! Go buy a crib at Ikea. I got one with a mattress for like $100 and it's really easy to put together. It's the one I was going to bring down with us... Congrats!!! I hope he's here for at least a few weeks so I can meet him. :-)

  2. I love the laundry true! It gets better as you go...we only have about 1/2 of that a day now. Ha! Hope it is still going well and you adjust to work and parenthood easily. I had 3 mos and still wasn't ready to do both. Heck, I am still not. You will never appreciate each other more than right now. So happy for you! Ps...we have a baby bjorn we don't need until april. Has a cold weather cover too...will take it to work. Let me know if you want it.

  3. Hey Erin -

    Speaking of laundry - I'm now realizing what a rookie move it was to buy the smallest container of Dreft the store had. Yikes, we go through that stuff fast.

    So far, we're cruising along well enough...

    Thanks for the offer of the Baby Bjorn - I've got a loaner MobyWrap which apparently requires a Master's Degree to figure out (actually, it's not *that* bad, though it is *that* silly looking) - so I'm not sure if we'll need the Bjorn. I'll let you know.