I'm not an adoptive mom but I am an adopted child :) Today is the anniversary of my adoption. My family always gets together to celebrate. I always like to hear how other people tell their children that they are adopted.
So a little bit about my story.... my biological mom was 13 when she had me with her 16 year old boy friend. My birth father was not a part of the adoption process at all and still to this day (27 years later) I still have no idea who he is.
My birth mom concealed her pregnancy for 7 months and then finally told her mom. They did not want to use an agency. Through a series of events my birth-grandmother new a mutual friend of my adoptive mom. It was definitely a God thing. My adoptive mom found out about me in December and I was born in Feb. She was there at the hospital the day I was born. I have one picture of my birth mom and I in the chapel of the hospital.
My adoption was final July 17th. I can't imagine having to wait six months to know if my child is really going to be mine or not. My mom says that was the most stressful 6 months of her life. So now every year we celebrate.
My mother always told me I was adopted, but i had a very different vision of what I thought that meant as I was growing up. I had visions of something like an animal shelter where you walk in and say "umm i'll take that one with the brown eyes" Mom assured me that was not the case and as I got older really explained to me what it meant and how special it made me.
So how will you tell your children?