Missy had seen something on TV about a lucky leaf; I'm guessing a four leaf clover but I've looked through the CBeebies listing for that day and couldn't find anything. She decided a leaf would help her stop having dreams about birth mum and help her have happy thoughts. She would put it under her pillow and could also take it to school. And could I make it please? Well I'm not really known for my craft skills but nevertheless Missy chose some felt, drew the shape of leaf she wanted and I set about making a little stuffed leaf for her.
I'm quite proud of my resulting leaf and Missy has had it with her ever since, particularly under her pillow at night. I'm hoping the leaf will help comfort for her in the next few weeks as I suspect anxiety levels will be raised prior to the Celebration Hearing. We haven't got a confirmed date yet but the Final Hearing is imminent and the SW will confirm a date then. Missy doesn't know about the Hearings yet and we and her SW will have a conversation with her next week. How she will react we just don't know. It may be that the Celebration Day tells her that we really are forever and her anxiety levels reduce, or it may increase her current worries about never seeing her birth mum again before she dies. We've had lot of tears about this in the last few weeks and we're not really sure what is best to say. We try to help her understand why she is here with us and not birth mum but any suggestions regarding dying would be most welcome.