Getting to Know Our #Partyof8

#AdoptionTalk: Getting to Know our #Partyof8

For the moment, everyone in our household is a forever-member, so I can actually share our family photo with no stickers or strategically turned heads.

Without further ado, please let me introduce our #Partyof8 (from left to right):

Squish (adopted from foster care 3.4.14), Jamie (me), SuperDad, Lil Bit (adopted from foster care 10.23.15), The Boy (our oldest child, SuperDad’s bio son), Squirm (adopted from foster care 8.22.14), Punky (our youngest daughter, SuperDad’s bio daughter), and Princess (our oldest daughter, SuperDad’s bio daughter)

Yes, you read that right, for the first time in 4 years, we have no foster children! How long that continues to be true is still under negotiation. After finalizing Lil Bit’s adoption in October, SuperDad wisely realized the importance of a little fostering break to semi-cocoon a bit and focus on family-bonding. After successfully getting Squeaker home to her forever family in time for Christmas, we began to discover life as a family of 8. For the first time in recent memory, there was no fence around my Christmas tree!! SuperDad is convinced that makes me sad – mostly it’s just weird….

With approximately 37 children under 4 years old, we get the “hands full” comment very frequently. Just the boys and I went to the zoo last weekend – when anyone mentioned my “full hands” I couldn’t help but respond how much easier 3 is than 4. Like, seriously, y’all. When you’re used to wearing an infant, while pushing a triple stroller full of toddlers, only having three to wrangle is a piece of cake – and just weird….

On the other hand, we’re starting to explore the things we have wanted to do with the boys, but are just too complicated with an infant. Next weekend we’re going camping. Later this month, we’re rejoining the sailing club we belonged to before we starting fostering. Now that everyone in the family gets around under their own steam, we can start planning to get back out on the water.

It’s also been nice to be able to just hang with the older kids when they stop by – with no one needing constant care, we can actually listen when The Boy tells us about his latest business venture. And it’s been a real treat to just enjoy the boys playing together in the evening. Without a baby who might be trampled, we can let their imaginations run wild and just enjoy the show.

If you’re new to Starfish Confidential, please check out:

When I decided to be a foster parent

How we found “twiblings” (and part 2)

Adoption stories: Are they twins? and The Sequel (Lil Bit’s to come soon, I promise)

And finally: our family’s journey (through 2014 when I apparently forgot this post should be regularly updated)   😳

Now on to the #AdoptionTalk Linkup!

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10 Comments

  1. Jill Robbins

    I love your new little man…let me just put that out there.

    I can’t wait to hear about the camping trip. We always say we’re going to do it and don’t. We live in the South where we can easily camp all year…maybe next month. Or the next. Here’s to another great year of #AdoptionTalk!!!
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    1. Jamie Nestrick (Post author)

      Thank you. He is definitely quite the charmer!

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  2. Lori Lavender Luz

    How cool to see your beautiful family! I’ll be interested to hear all about the camping trip.

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  3. Erin

    It’s so nice to see a picture of your whole family! And what a beautiful family you have too. I was curious how old your oldest three were. Although I’m sure you miss Squeaker, it sounds nice to have some time as just a family.

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    1. Jamie Nestrick (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  4. Jenni

    You have a beautiful family. I am looking forward to a great year of linking up and getting to know your family better.

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  5. Mama Bear

    Beautiful family! Enjoy your time with “just” the 8 of you.

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    1. Jamie Nestrick (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  6. Herding Chickens

    I love the story of your big, beautiful family. I can’t wait to read more of your blog!

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    1. Jamie Nestrick (Post author)

      Thank you! And thanks for reading!!

      Reply

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