Belle and I had a successful meeting with her father and baby sister. Again, I am cautiously optimistic that positive steps are being taken and change is here. He knows what he needs to do to support his family. I am confident that he will carry out the plans he is making.
Belle's step-mother and I will forge a bond with time. She wasn't present at today's meeting. I think I scared her when I said I would contact authorities if she didn't leave me alone. That will all take care of itself. I will eventually lift the ban and allow her into my life.
Belle fed her father some of her banana. She grabbed a shovel and darted off to the sandbox, where she spent most of the play date. Her baby sister spent the entire play date in the stroller. I noticed they both have their father's nose, which probably makes him happy.