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A few weeks ago I had called my agency and left a message with placement that I still had a crib available if any baby girls came their way. Last week on Wednesday placement finally called me back to confirm that they had me on the list for a girl 0-2 and asked if I only had a crib or could I go up higher on the age limit. I said I could make a bed available but it would require some shuffling of rooms, so I would prefer under two but would be willing to take five and under, girls only. I was pretty proud of myself for sticking with my girl requirement at least.
Several hours later the lady from placement called me back form her car after hours and said, "Remember that conversation we had a few hours ago......". She had an 11 month old healthy girl who had just been taken into care by DHS and needed a place to go. Mom was admitted to the hospital. That was all the information they had. Of course I said yes! We all frantically cleaned the house which was a disaster and ran up to Walgreens to pick up some formula and diapers.
The little girl got here that night with nothing but the clothes on her back and is just the happiest little thing. Ill be calling her 'Buttercup' for the blog.
Friday one of my agency workers came out to do the safety check and let me know who her caseworker would be through my agency, but she didn't have any new information. I still didn't have any information about her going into the weekend. I tried feeding her some real food and she did great with it. I did notice that she was having a lot of milk/food coming out her nose. She also had a really bad cold, full on snot machine! Sunday evening it seemed like she might have an ear infection that was bothering her, but she was still as happy as can be. I didn't have any medical or insurance information yet, so was waiting till today (Monday) to see if anyone had tracked it down. This afternoon the DHS worker came by and filled me in on what she knew. It looks like Mom will be in the hospital for at least twenty days if not more. Two relative placements have been identified. One is a family member who will be out of town for the next two months, so that probably will not work. The other was an Aunt and Uncle who want Buttercup, however the Uncle had something come back on his record. It was not a prohibitive offense (list of offenses that would make it an immediate no-go for placement) but DHS is still not recommending them to the Judge. Their will be court on Thursday and the Judge will determine if the Aunt and Uncle can get placement. Meanwhile, it turns out the baby has a cleft palate that was never corrected, which is why the stuff was coming out her nose. She is also supposed to be on Soy milk, so the cold/ear infection may be from allergies. The DHS Nurse was trying to get more information and get me her pediatricians information so I can schedule something.
I on the other hand have been thoroughly enjoying tutus and dressed, even if its only for a little while :)