Friday, December 12, 2008

My big fat happy update

First, because I never want Lucy to have second child syndrome, she clapped for the first time on Wednesday. Yay for milestones!

Now, as some of you may remember yesterday was Lily's court date. I arrived at 9:05 for a 9:00 hearing, stupidly worried that I might have missed something. At 11:00, when I was still the only party signed in for the case, I was simmering, mentally writing an angry blog post about how no one even bothered to show up for her case, and no one really cared what happened to her.

At 11:05, her cw arrived. He shocked the hell out of me by informing me that they had service on both of Lily's parents and they were going to go ahead with the motion. "You mean PCC could be granted today?" I asked. He said yes, provided that neither of Lily's parents showed.

They didn't show. And the magistrate granted PCC. What next, you might ask?

Well, all visits and transportation by the county stop. The judge has to sign the PCC order and then there is a 30 day appeal period. If neither of Lily's parents appeal, the PCC will be legally binding. That means she will be free for adoption. In the meantime, our case will get transferred to adoption. Yes, that's right, Lily will now have an adoption cw.

And, the icing on the cake is that I just heard from my attorney (and best friend!) that our petition to adopt to adopt Lucy has finally been filed and a court date has been set (January 14!).

So it's possible that in the first quarter of 2009, we will officially, legally, be the parents of two of the world's most adorable girls. Please keep everything crossed for us.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Starting to not be a baby

Lucy has totally passed that cliff between cute but pretty much basically responsive infant, to big baby who is this . . close to being a toddler. Yesterday she clapped for the first time :-)

She also says "yeah, yeah, yeah" after someone sings the line "She loves you..." from the Beatles. She says Mama and Dada but there's no real meaning attached to it yet.

We had the sweetest moment with Lily this weekend, too. We were downstairs on Sunday afternoon and Lily (who sleeps in her big girl bed most of the time) was napping. While watching TV we heard the cutest little voice say, "Hello?" from the top of the stairs. She was standing at the top of our stairs, looking all rumpled up from bed with the cutest little smile on her face.

Too cute. I don't know why, but that little voice from the top of the stairs made me realize just how incredibly lucky we are.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

How is it so close to Christmas already????

I seriously don't know where the last year has gone. Insanity. I have almost no Christmas shopping done, although PB and I (and the girls) did take advantage of extended mall hours last night to shop. Lily played on the indoor playground at 10:00 last night. Way past her bedtime, but you wouldn't have known it to see her.

Yesterday was big day for Lucy too - she pulled herself to a stand for the first time! She's been doing it with assistance for a while now, but she actually grabbed ahold of a toy and pulled herself up last night. Exciting.

The next month is CRAZY. Lily's hearing is next week, as is PB's work Christmas part and we're having dinner for Lily's extended family at our house that weekend. The weekend after that is (thankfully!) free, but the next weekend is the foster parent christmas party (where my dad is Santa!) on Saturday and Sunday PB and my BIL are taking dad to a football game for his birthday present, while the girls and I head home for my family's Christmas cookie baking.

Fun times, if we survive it. LOL.