So, here's my almost-two-day-late update on court yesterday!
We got into the area early (it's an hour away, and we had to drive during a BAD traffic time!) so we got Starbucks* of course :-).
This judge's courtroom is the same courtroom that Hunter and Kaleigh's judge was in, two and a half years ago. I'll take that as a good sign.
Neither parent had a TPR attorney (a public defender who knows the ropes of the TPR process), because their previous attorneys had not referred them to new attorneys yet, as is their job. I had a feeling they thought they were "helping" by doing this (or maybe just being lazy!), because they knew the judge would adjourn the hearing, thereby drawing things out. However, if that was their intention, it sort of backfired.
The judge did adjourn the hearing (he didn't really have a choice when they didn't have representation), but he also suspended visits until at least that time. They both kind of freaked out, which didn't make a lot of sense to me. In 8 weeks, bdad has not seen Liam once, and bmom has seen him twice, and only because the caseworker made an "exception" visit last week (and because I disrupted my schedule to make it happen). After a lot of crying and pleading on the part of the bp's, the judge stood by his ruling and said no visits between now and then.
Today I had a home visit with the Caseworker (intentionally scheduled it for today, knowing I would want to discuss and ask questions, etc.). It went really well. I lay in bed last night, having the hardest time trying to get to sleep because of everything running through my head, and she really quelled all my concerns, so that was good. I also learned some new information, and was able to give her some new information (always good).
Above all, we know God is in control, and we are trusting Him to take care of our Liam. He loves him even more than I do - and that's REALLY hard for me to comprehend!
So, that is about it for now. The next hearing is in September. I will update as that gets closer!