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The #1 Thing You Can Do to Have an Amazing Open Adoption

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times – we have an amazing open adoption with my son and his birthparents.  Want to know how we do it?  Click the link below!

https://adoption.com/1-thing-you-can-do-amazing-open-adoption

 

How to Include Your Child’s Birthparents in Your Holiday Celebrations

So, for us, it’s pretty easy – we text them, figure out a day that works best, and have them over our house to celebrate Christmas (last year it was before Christmas, this year it will be after the baby is born, so probably January) but not everyone has that luxury.  So, I wrote an article with a few suggestions for how to make the holidays special for all members of your family.  Check it out by clicking on the link below:

https://adoption.com/how-to-include-birth-parents-holiday-celebrations

 

7 Adoption Related Things I’m Giving Thanks For

While I’m planning on writing a blog specifically dealing with what I’m thankful for this year, here’s my adoption specific list of 7 things I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving

https://adoption.com/7-things-im-giving-thanks-for-this-thanksgiving

Adopting.org – Adoption Stuff Worth Sharing

You all know I write for Adoption.com – I link most of the articles I write there on this blog as well.  For me, it’s a nice outlet to write for an audience directly involved in the adoption triad, and it keeps me fresh and educated on topics pertaining to adoption.  It also connects me with other adoptive moms, birth moms, and adoptees who share their stories  and experiences.  Vinny is only 17 months old, and I don’t pretend to know how his feelings about adoption will grow and change as he gets older, but being connected with all of these other people who share a love of adoption is a great resource for me.

Well, the people at Adoption.com have created another wonderful resource for any and all people involved in the adoption triad – the website Adopting.org – Adoption Stuff Worth Sharing.  It’s a Pinterest inspired site where blog articles, memes, videos, quizzes,  and more related to adoption are shared.  There’s even a place for you to share your own content (subject to edits and approval) but if you have an adoption story that you think can help someone else, please submit it because chances are, it could end up on that page.  (They just shared my blog about birth moms, and how this pregnancy makes me appreciate their sacrifice even more.)

Give the new website a look, bookmark it and check back often – especially if you are directly related to the adoption community.  Trust me, it’s worth it!

Questions to Ask an Expectant Mother During Your First Phone Call or Meeting

The first meeting between a hopeful adoptive parent and an expectant mother is kind of like a really weird blind date. You need to be prepared for anything, but you also have to be flexible and honest. (Well, maybe way more honest in this situation than on an actual blind date.)

Here are some examples of questions hopeful adoptive parents should have ready to ask, as well as some advice for how to tactfully ask them, during that first meeting. Please click on the link below for the article.

https://adoption.com/questions-to-ask-expectant-moms-during-your-first-phone-call-or-meeting

 

Strengthening Bonds Between Birth and Adoptive Families

The bond between parents and children is an interesting dynamic.  It’s really the only relationship where it’s encouraged and taught to grow apart instead of growing together.  You start off completely dependent on one another and then the relationship is considered a success if the child grows up to be independent and not relying on his/her parents for everything in life.

Of course the relationship and the love is always there, and that grows and strengthens as the child grows up, but what about when there are multiple families involved?  And a “different than the norm” story to go along with your birth?  In my latest adoption.com article I address what’s most important when strengthening bonds in birth and adoptive families.  Please check out the link below.

https://adoption.com/finding-balance-while-strengthening-bonds-in-both-adoptive-and-birth-families

 

And She Loved A Little Baby…

To piggyback off of my most recent post, the fact that pregnancy is so flipping hard makes me even more convinced that birth moms are some extra type of special, amazing human beings. I’ve never hid my feelings that I think birth parents are the most selfless people, thinking for the betterment of their child rather than themselves, but being pregnant gives me a whole new perspective onto this choice. Continue reading “And She Loved A Little Baby…”

Turning off the Negative Nellys!

Ugh. I’m feeling the negativity today. I looked at one of my Adoption.com articles and read some nasty comments. Comments about how I stole Vincent away from his God given mother. And how they hope he never comes across this article when he’s older because I share my honest thoughts that coming to terms with adoption isn’t easy, and that it’s a difficult road for everyone involved, and that, yes, Husband didn’t want to adopt at first.

But I also said that Husband loves Vincent more than I’ve ever seen him love anyone, and that while adoption might not be the first choice, it’s a beautiful choice, and it’s made us a family. A family that includes Vincent’s birth parents. No, they don’t coparent or share custody or anything like that, but they are absolutely family.

Then I read another article written by a beautiful, young birthmother who also writes for Adoption.com, and there are some awful comments there too! Comments telling her she’s wrong for being at peace with placing her child. Others that say going to prom or wanting to go to college aren’t legitimate reasons for “giving your child away.” And that she’s basically super selfish and should accept the consequences for having unprotected sex and not being ready to have a child.
Continue reading “Turning off the Negative Nellys!”

5 Things You Might Not Get About My Adopted Child

Here’s my latest from Adoption.com. I enjoyed writing this article because I feel it helps people get a better understanding of adoption, adoption positive language, and the fact that it’s such a beautiful expression of love.

Please check out the article here:  http://adoption.com/5-things-you-might-not-get-about-my-adopted-child

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