When I got the call for an 11-month-old little girl about to be released from the hospital with a broken femur, I specifically asked, "Is she mobile?" I knew that with little ones, they often completely immobilize them in order to make sure the fractures heal correctly. Apparently somewhere between HER case manager and MY case manager, she went from "being immobilized from the waist down" to "has a big cast on her leg" (SINGULAR). HER case manager hadn't even seen her... An aide brought her over from the hospital. And being my first placement, I didn't realize I was allowed to say, "Uh... This is NOT what you told me to expect!"
From what I'd learned, she lived in a house with about 15 people, so she seemed to be a bit spoiled as far as needing your undivided attention, and being in a body cast made it pretty much impossible to entertain herself, so you had to get creative with positioning her and playtime. You always know when she was having fun because she had the most adorable smile. When she was REALLY excited, she shook her head side to side and shook her fists.
She didn't like to be left alone at all when she was awake, and if you left her sight she would YELL to get you to come back (especially when it came to bedtime). “YELL!!!” (wait a second) “YELL!!!” (wait a second) And she kept it up until you either gave in and got her or won the battle yourself. It was about 50/50 with the two of us to see who won. I told her that yelling wasn’t ladylike, but she didn’t seem to care much. :-)
I hated that I wasn't able to keep her, but I knew that moving her was the best thing for her. And I was proven right after only a week! I found out that her new foster parents were friends of mine from my training classes, and they were even able to take in her big sister as well! I never would have been able to take them both, so having her in a home with two parents and her sister was awesome! The girls remained with my friends for about 15 months when they were ultimately returned home to their mother, and I pray every day that they are safe, happy, and loved.
Munchkin's Favorite Things:
* Singing, learning animal noises, copying faces and sounds
* Peek-a-boo (She liked to cover her own face with a cloth diaper and "surprise" me.)
* And her ULTIMATE favorite thing was to straddle my leg and pretend that she was riding a horse while I sang the "Bonanza" theme song over and over and over. Any time I would stop, she'd bounce her head again like she was galloping so I'd start over.