Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Swimming and another call

Jack-Jack loved going swimming! We arrived at the leisure centre with only half an hour left of the public swim, and when we explained that it was the little one's first time, the lady at the desk agreed that 20 minutes would probably be fine, and let us in at reduced rates. Despite it being his usual nap time, Jack-Jack didn't stop smiling the whole time we were in the pool and was still smiling and giggling in the changing room afterwards. I think we'll have to make this a regular thing!

Just as we were about to leave to go out, the phone rang and it was the fostering duty team asking whether we would take a same-day placement of a two year old. I said that Jack-Jack is still very needy, and we wanted to wait a couple of months at least until he's more settled before we think about taking another placement. I had to try not to think about the two year old, as that would have made the decision much harder, and Esmeralda and I had talked about this already and decided that Jack-Jack would be our only focus for a while yet. The duty team member sounded a tiny bit annoyed as technically we do have a spare room set up for fostering. It's a tricky one. Funny though - Panel approved us for "one child (two if siblings)", which should be on all of our paperwork. Our first call was for a sibling group of three, and this one was for a single child not related to our current placement!


  1. I'm so happy I found your blog, and can read about your journey (I've just read back almost from the beginning!) Fostering is something I have thought about for years - more seriously recently. I'm still at a bit of a conundrum as to whether it is the right choice for me (and my partner, I don't think we've been together quite long enough yet, to start the process) ... but judging by the feelings I've been having while reading your story, I'm feeling more and more like it might be something in my future.

    You sound like a wonderful little family :)

    1. Hello, I'm really pleased you found the blog too, thank you for your lovely comment :)

      It's wonderful that you're considering fostering - I would definitely say that although it has its challenges it's extremely rewarding, even though we've only been fostering for 6 weeks!

      If you have any questions about fostering in general or about our experiences, let me know and I'll do my best to answer them :)