Friday, February 13, 2009

A Bundle of Joy

Well, believe it or not, it's looks like I'm going to become a mom again.

Yep. That's right.

Didn't think I had it in me, did ya?




Now that you've picked yourself off the floor, I just have to say one thing...

It's not what you think. ;-)

I used to write about my nephew, The Happening Dude. If you click on the tag you can read what a neat kid he is.

To make a long, convoluted and ugly story short...

THD is my older brother's son. He and his ex-wife adopted THD out of foster care when he was about 6, shortly before they divorced. She got (my brother didn't fight it and had a sh*tty lawyer) sole custody of all of their children and promptly moved them to another state with her new boyfriend. My brother saw them about once or twice a year.

I love my brother, but bless his heart (or damn his soul---take your pick), he is not a very responsible parent.

Anyhoo several years later, ex-wife and new hubby had a baby, and decided that they just didn't have room for THD any more. She called my brother and said, take him or I'm returning him to foster care.

See. I said it was ugly.

So that's how THD came to our family. I'd only ever seen him twice in his life before that and he'd just been a little guy.

At the time, my brother had moved back to our state and was living with our parents, trying to "get back on his feet". THD lived with all of them for the next 3 years, and the majority of the child rearing fell to my mom. To give her a break, Hubby and I would have THD on school breaks and the odd weekend.

We all adore him. He's a delightful kid.

Almost 3 years ago, brother's ex and her new hubby got divorced. Ex decided to move back to her home state, and while her new ex hubby would pay child support, he had no intention of financing the lifestyle to which she wanted to become accustomed. She wanted THD and his adoption subsidy back. She promised him things would be different and that he could come visit us in the summer.

And he wanted his mom and missed his siblings, so we didn't fight it.

It didn't last a year. He stole some cash from her and ran away. I wrote about it here. He was running away to us.

The police picked him up 3 cities over at the bus terminal a couple of days later.

That is the very last we heard of The Happening Dude. Seriously.

Ex refused to come and get him, and demanded that he be in a juvenile center until his case came up (she pressed charges for the theft of money). As his sole custodial parent, she also demanded that none of us be allowed to have any contact with him whatsoever. The only information we've had about him in the last year and a half is that he's been in a juvenile group home. We weren't allowed to write, call, pass on messages or even know what city he was in.

Until now.

Apparently the state has been trying to work on reunification and ex has been resisting. They finally basically told her to "sh*t or get off the pot" already and she informed them that she never wanted THD back. She just didn't want any of us to have him. She'd rather he stay in foster care instead of being in a family if it meant coming back to us.

Nice, huh?

The state told her that if she had no intention of reunification, they were going to contact the rest of the family to see if anyone wanted him. She signed over her rights.

My mom got a call from them 3 weeks ago. They said, "is there anyone there who is willing and able to care for THD?"

And Mom gave them a big resounding YES!

Unfortunately, at her age, my mom doesn't feel up to parenting an active 17-year-old full-time. My brother doesn't have a fixed address and travels with his work. My younger brother and his SO work full time so nobody would be home after school (not a really good idea).

So that leaves us. I'm home, we have a good disability support system up here (THD was born with FAS and has some learning disabilities), and we already have medical caregivers in place, so we wouldn't have to hunt one down to sign him up. THD can spend breaks and the odd weekend with his dad and grandma to give US a break if we need it.

We had a family meeting about it to see what the guys thought. Hubby, was of course immediately on board from the beginning. Little Guy was ecstatic.

I explained it all very carefully to the Big Kid. We're all still adjusting to his move, and I didn't want him to feel like we were replacing him.

"You have to go get him, Mom. We can't leave him there. You should give him my old room."

That's my boy. Coming through when it's needed most.

We have a meeting (phone conference) in about 10 days. If all goes well, we might have THD by May.

I got to speak to him for the first time in almost 2 years a couple of days ago. Told him that we hoped that he knew that we wanted to reach out to him but weren't allowed to, and that all of us---his dad, grandma, uncle, me and my guys loved him and missed him terribly. He would always have a place with us.

"So does that mean I get to come home?"

I hope so, Kiddo.

40 comments:

Rachel said...

Wow! What a story! You and your husband must be amazing parents! Good for you, for doing the right thing, when this young man's mother has not. Good luck!

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Rootietoot said...

Wow- you rock, you know that, right?

Brenda said...

What a lucky boy he is to have a family like you!

Mary said...

I'm so happy for him, and for you. It won't be easy, probably, but it's the right thing. **sniff**

Jeanette said...

Thank God for wonderful people like you.

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

That is a very happy story all around in the end -- which really is the beginning.

She said...

Crying here! You are a wonderful, wonderful family!

Beautiful testament to the power of love!

Love that your oldest offered his old room. What a Sweetie!

Kippa said...

You are amazing.
I heart you and your kidz.

Ashley's Mom said...

Awwww, I love stories with happy endings! You are an awesome family and I am so happy for all of you, especially THD!

Queen-Size funny bone said...

who says there is no such thing as angels.

Pete said...

good on you

Charlie said...

Since THD has been a human basketball all his life, he's going to need the extra TLC the Attila family can give him.

Hats off to Big Guy and Little Guy.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

My goodness, the love you have is so inspiring--and your sons are big-hearted just like you. You all rock. And I bet THD can't wait to go to that home where he is loved.

Anonymous said...

You are truly an amazing woman, mom and person. The world is lucky to have you and we are lucky to share a portion of it.

Chris H said...

You people are just freakin fantastic.... I would love to just pop over and give you the biggest hug. I almost cried reading about THD, that poor bloody kid. What a life he's had so far... I hope you spoil him rotten.

Cloudy said...

Thank god there are people like you to ballance out the rest of the world. He sounds like a neat kid deserving of a break.

Star said...

Good luck to all of you. I love a happy ending.

Dan said...

Good luck to all of you. It takes a giving heart to open up like you and your family.

Joe said...

Good luck. You're a good person with a big heart, And the rest of the gang as well. Sometimes you just gotta do the right thing.

Koolio said...

I'm crying. You bitch. ;)

Mom, I only know you from your blog but I think you're a wonderful, caring person and I'm keeping my fingers, toes, eyes and bra crossed (heh) that he gets to rejoin your family. Please keep us posted.

Beth said...

This reads like a love story.
And I do hope a "Welcome Home" comes to pass for THD.

If it wasn't this... said...

Thats awesome Mom! I am happy for all of you ... and man she sounds like she needs a good ass kicking the selfish witch!

Kim Ayres said...

I always knew you were an incredible woman, Attila :)

Ellen said...

This is beyond amazing. I am floored. You've had your health problems but, honey, the size of your heart is a natural wonder of the world.

Attila for President 2012!

Liesl said...

This is the best post you've ever written. I cannot wait for this kid to get to you!

Traceytreasure said...

Congratulations! I think you're amazing!

Hugs!!

Stinkypaw said...

Nice!

I can't believe what the ex did, some people need a good whack across the head, geez!

amy said...

Wow, I have tears in my eyes! What a lucky boy, and an amazing family to be a part of! (minus the hateful ex-parts LOL!)

Beki said...

You should have a halo :)

Heather said...

i seriously, for a minute, i thought that you were pregnant. and i was like, shocked.

but now that i've recovered.
i'm really excited for THD, and for you guys :}

i really miss your face!
come see me at my new blog!

www.singingwithmyheart.com

Valerie Marie said...

You're amazing (all the ATMs - chapeau to LG and BK). I have tears in my eyes. Poor THD: what a beginning in life with such a mother. But now, evething will change. You're so courageous! It will not be easy, I guess... prayers and good thoughts from Frankfurt! You, and hubby (his reaction is WOW!),are my role models!

Missicat said...

Wow! Hope it all goes well!
The ex needs a serious smackdown. at the VERY LEAST.

Lyn said...

Aww....best of luck to all of you. Good riddance to the ex. Sheesh.

abfh said...

I seriously thought you were pregnant too -- you got me good with that intro! Best wishes to you and your new "bundle of joy," and a big yay to Big Kid for being so understanding about his room being given away.

Angela said...

Wow he had to go through a lot. Thank goodness you guys are there

TOM said...

Congrats !!

Just a Small Town Girl said...

Wow! What a story, that I will definitely continue to follow. I just found your blog today, by way of a suggestion from a blogger's post..well you know how those things work.
I've added you to my blog so others can check you out.
Huge kudos to you and your family for never giving up on THD!

carmachu said...

WOW, what a piece of work. Congrats there for takinghim in....

sarala said...

You and your family are serious good people. All the best to you knew blended family.