We’re highlighting #realmomlife
moments from real moms over the next few months in our #therealmothership
series. These moms will be posting with us weekly about their experiences as a mom and with the Mothership pilot.
Today we meet Kailah:
Before my wife and I said “I do” five years ago, we vowed to honor one another's dreams, wherever they might lead us, and share our adventures with each other. This fall, we embarked on one of the biggest adventures of our lives. On a rainy Wednesday evening in September, our foster son was dropped off at our house, asleep in his carseat.
Being a foster parent means welcoming not only a child or children into your life, but also their biological parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, doctors, social workers, lawyers, and judges. Nothing in our ten months of preparation -- not the books we read, the class we took, our three home visits, or speaking with other foster parents -- prepared me for the heart-growing and heartbreaking process of foster care.
There are the typical parenting challenges, like sleeping through the night and outgrowing clothes, as well as atypical challenges, like wondering how long the child will be in your home or fielding questions about their birth or medical history. There are the typical joys of first steps and first words, and the atypical, bittersweet moments of witnessing the bonds of families in the midst of separation.
There is no handbook for parenting, and despite the extra rules, none for foster parenting, either. We remain on an adventure, now with three instead of two, doing our best to honor our dreams and share the love we have for one another with our foster son and his family.
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