I got all excited to go to Baby’s R Us (BRU), after all I never thought that this will be happening to us. We looked and find one BRU close to us, to our luck there is one a couple of miles from home. We went directly to the child safety stand, we looked at all the different types of outlet covers we can use, the door and stove door knob covers, we looked at prices and got what we think was the best deal. Then we moved to the next aisle where we found a first aid kit and a thermometer. This is going great, we have already got a lot of the stuff from the report. We did not find the window locks we need, so we still have to go to Home Depot or Lowes.
Now we move to look at the car seats, our social worker recommended we buy one that can be used for a 2 or 6-year-old, this way we can use it for the age of children we are planning to adopt. Our foster care license will be for two children between 2 to 6 years old, we don’t know if this will happen but we are keeping our options open. The car seat prices range from $100 to $300, we decided to go back home and look at consumer reports before we make a purchase, it was a little bit overwhelming to have all those options. The reason we are getting the foster license for that age range (2-6 yrs) is because we need to have a crib before we are licensed for a baby (0-2 years). Our feeling is that we will make this expense and will not even know if we will be able to adopt a baby (0-2 yrs). Still we went to the back of the store and looked at cribs, as we made our way through the store I felt sad, some realities are just staring me in the face.
While we are moving through the aisle we see a couple with their bar code gun picking items they want to receive, that just reminds me that we will not have a baby shower somehow we have to buy all these things, wait and hope for the best. Then I remember what the employee at Barnes and Noble said to us yesterday (he was recommending the book “Life without limits”), and he said that the main message is “not to focus on what you don’t have but on what you have and make the best of it”. I’m glad he took the time yesterday just to say those words to us, they brought me comfort today. I do have to admit that it is strange to start buying all these things and preparing the house when we still don’t know if it will be a boy or a girl or two or if it will happen at all. However, our future child is already taking over our lives, we are preparing and will be waiting.
- Your Home Safety Checklist (everydayhealth.com)
- Oft-Recalled Baby Cribs Are Outlawed (online.wsj.com)
- National Child Passenger Safety Week – Learn The Do’s & Don’ts (homesecuritysource.com)