Randall's love for his birthmom.
Mature I know.
But it is true, I am jealous of the pedestal which he places her on and I long to find just a corner of that pedestal for myself. It is really hard to do everything for him and then have him place her on a pedestal. She did not care enough for change her behaviour to get him back. She did not so anything of the things asked of her in the 2 years that he was in foster care and yet he imagines her to be this sainted woman who unjustly had her children ripped away from her. Okay maybe I am exaggerating but you know what I mean.
Last week when our Christmas cards finally appeared from Shutterfly I sat down and wrote them all out so I could get them in the mail before the long weekend. I wrote one to the boys birthmom and then casually told them that if they wanted to include a letter they had to do it today as I was mailing them. We have done this every year, it is nothing new. Kevin's card was pretty plain and only said love you and miss you, pretty reflective of were he is in his journey of attachment with us and his realtionship with her.Randall on the other hand got very elaborate with pictures and words. He talked about putting a tear on the card so she would know that he was sad in his heart. Then he wrote on the back of the card " Mom you rock". He proudly showed it off to me and I said it was nice and moved on because although I didn't say anything I was hurt by it. He realised that I was hurt and said " oh that should say birthmom you rock", it was a good save on his part and speaks volumes about his ability to realise when someone is hurting.
What he said and did is not the point though, he is a child with a lot of conflicting emotions and really it is not his job to protect me from how he is feeling.
It made me feel jealous of her though.
I do think that it is a completely normal feeling to have for a Mom in my situation. I have not been as honest withRandall as I have with Kevin about what their birthmom did and the reasons that they were apprehended. He is not ready to hear it because he needs to keep her on that pedestal awhile longer, Kevin is in a much different place. I get that, I understand the theory and all but it still hurts when he makes comments that make me feel as though he loves her more.
He might always love her more, he might not, I am going to need to love him to pieces no matter what though even if I am jealous.