In addition to surviving the 2.5 week stay of the puppy, less than 2 days later, I had my first respite overnight foster care placement. I had been asked several times to have the younger brother stay of the brothers that I had provided the day respite for as the foster parents were going on vacation. Due to my work schedule and T being with his dad for the week, I had said no, but I could provide for some of the time if necessary. The foster mother found another respite provider, but days before and after a few hours with the family, W was not comfortable and asked the foster mother if he could stay with me.
I felt flattered that W felt comfortable enough to request that he stay with us. The foster parents altered their vacation to include W in some of it and we provided respite from Saturday - Monday and a friend provided respite for a few more days.
W was a joy to have around and I found his communication much more welcoming than Bubba's whining! We did some arts and crafts, baking, errands, tennis, beach, movies and eating out. His comments were laughable - with his fears of sharks in Lake Michigan and the waitress tainting his fruit punch. He was very inquisitive asking about my desire to foster and why I haven't fostered more. Inquiring if I thought it was OK to have a bunkbed for foster kids and if I feared they would fall. Questioning my ring and if it was my wedding ring and why I wore it. I love the brutal honesty and inquiry of kids. I had prepared by purchasing a waterproof mattress pad which worked well as the bed stayed dry when he didn't either night.
Definitely a good experience and one that we would do again! We saw his siblings on Monday after a parental visit and his older brother was disappointed he didn't get to visit too (he is in a different foster home).
Last week I received a call to provide respite for a weekend for two children, female 7 and male 4. I agreed and we scheduled the weekend in August when T is done with baseball. I hadn't talked to T first and then I thought maybe I should do respite when T was with his dad so he didn't have to share his room with a 4 year old. I called T and his attitude was amazing. He told me that he didn't care either way and since I already scheduled it, to keep it! T ROCKS! I am so blessed. Looking forward to experience #2 (assuming nothing comes up between now and then) to go as smoothly as the first!