We considered all types of adoption. Foster-to-adopt, private domestic, international.
I was 35 years old when we started
We were presented a file from our agency
We requested a girl, under a year old if possible
It was supposed to take 10-12 months
It actually took 4 years
I was very anxious about being a good mom, bonding and attachment, etc.
I read books, took Parent Education Seminars, joined internet groups, talked with other a-parents.
No gray hairs til over a year after she was home.
Everyone who wasn't making the adoption happen faster got on my nerves.
We were matched with a girl.
She was 13 1/2 months when we met.
No complications, just delay after delay after delay.
We met her in a hotel banquet room in Nanchang, China.
Adoption was final 1 day after we met.
Agency staff members, government employees and other new a-parents were there when the adoption was finalized.
at 12:49 AM on Aug. 10, 2010
We didn't celebrate that day. She was too upset and all of our attention and focus was on calming and comforting her.
We adopted from China.
Does rum and coke count as medication?
We do celebrate our family day in addition to her birthday. However, we will stop when she gets older if it makes her uncomfortable.
She weighed about 18 lbs at adoption. She gained 9 lbs her first year home!
Her name was Ling ChaTao. Now its Annabelle Grace ChaTao
She is 2 1/2 next week.
at 12:53 AM on Aug. 10, 2010
Yes, married 8 years
Only considered domestic infant through an agency
Received an e-mail asking if we wanted our profile sent to a 6-1/2 month pregnant 16 year old. It gave some family history.
The agency usually placed within a year
Four months from the time we were eligible until we were matched
Turned the big spare bedroom into a nursery...that's about it
Brought her home at 3 months, 3 days
Yes. After birth BMom chose to parent...it was 3 months later when she changed her mind back toward the adoption route
In the hospital
9 months (6 months after she was placed)
Us, hubby's parents, and my mom
Oh good Lord, YES!! :-)
No, but looking back now, wish I would have saw my doctor about some of the things I was going through
Most certainly (November 20th every year...we call it Day Day)
at 4:52 PM on Aug. 13, 2010