In the last post I mentioned how Brian and I, and the girls had met the boy. That Thursday he came over for Halloween. We dropped him back with foster mom, and then picked him up Friday for his first weekend. We knew it was the right match 100% when it felt good all weekend, and we didn't want to take him back. It seemed rather pointless, and he thought so too. The next weekend he mentioned it as we took him back too. It's dark, and Brian, Big Al and I are in the car with him, and he says, "This is stupid, when am I moving in?" And that was it. We called the adoption worker, who then spoke to him, and since we were all on the same page he moved in on the following weekend.
The only bumps happened at school, but nothing major - probably typical for any boy changing schools...... and families. He seems to have settled right in. He tests boundaries, especially homework, but so far he knows we mean everything, and we haven't had to do much.
Thanksgiving was fantastic. My mom, Aunt, Uncle, Cousin, Sister and Nephew joined us. He has handled every meeting of family very well, but we know he can only handle a few people at once. The "rules" say we can't post his picture or his name, so that left me in a mess with the blog. The name is easy, all of my kids have pseudonyms, but the pics are tough. I think we'll try the blurred out face, or sticker over his face until court his over with. We are waiting on an adoption date.... sometime between now and Christmas. He asked me yesterday what was taking so long, and I told him it wouldn't change anything, and that seemed to reassure him. So, be patient with me as I either edit pics for shots without him, or the back of his head, or some smiley face pasted over his, but ultimately I don't want him to feel left out of the family blog. He knows the rules, and he understands the reasons, and he knows we would put him in if we could. We're content with starting his new scrapbook of pictures, and listening to him when he speaks of his first family, and how frustrated he is that some kids can go back and he couldn't. He is very matter of fact about this whole process and his finding his way each day. On our end we are trying to prioritize what we have to work on so as not to overwhelm him, and spend a lot of time with him so he knows he can come to us. It is definitely a worthy process.