It’s Down syndrome awareness month and I’ve completely failed at posting something every day about Down syndrome. In my defense, it’s been busy here over the last two weeks.

We successfully completed our very first foster care placement start to finish. It was a sibling group of two, ages five and two.

We were told it would be long-term but, as it turns out, there was another foster family who had their three-year-old sister and she decided she could take our two as well so after just two weeks our kids were moved to that home. It was ultimately a good move, but it was hard knowing these two kids who were just settling in here were going to have to settle into their third foster home in just 3 weeks.

So now we are waiting for the next call and everytime my phone rings my heart catches just a little.  We could get another placement today, or it could be a week from now.  The unknown of it all is probably the most difficult part.

Waiting for a foster care placement, knowing there is one coming but not knowing when or any circumstances surrounding the placement is this odd mix of excitement and angst.  Right now we are still coming off of the emotional rollercoaster of the last two weeks and, while we are ready and waiting for the next toddler in need, we are enjoying the quiet that we didn’t realize we had before our first placement. The thought of disrupting that is a little daunting.

But the kids are excited. They can’t wait for the next foster care adventure. And I’ve got all the bedding freshly washed and ready.

No run this morning. It’s record highs with 90% humidity so I’ll be going to the gym with the hubster this evening to run on a treadmill.  I am not much of a fan of treadmills but it definitely beats the super warm, crazy humid day we’re having.

Off to the orthodontist.

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