adoption journey · school

Nervous Teacher

I start school tomorrow, and I find myself strangely nervous. This will be my 7th year at the school, and none of my subjects have changed. But I find I have butterflies. I wonder if it’s because I’m going to tell the kids we’re adopting a baby??

Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes. Today I feel much better, in general, about being 34 and barren! I was reading through my journals today and I’m certainly in a much better mental place than I was at this time last year. I’ll have to post some of the things I’ve written in the past – I think they may help some other women out there.

I don’t have much to say tonight, but I told myself I want to post regularly…

Oh, I could do an adoption update, I suppose 🙂

We’ve been approved for about three weeks now, but the lawyer still hasn’t posted our profile online. Tomorrow I plan to email the law office and find out why. I’m hoping in the back of my mind it’s because they’ve already given out our profile and are waiting to hear from the birthmom. I imagine it’s more they just got busy and forgot that we agreed to be on their website.

We have an extended family workshop on Friday, August 21. Our social work agency hosts this event – it’s for parents, grandparents and siblings of adoptive parents. They will go over the unique things that will happen, comparatively speaking. For example, holding the baby. I’ve read that for the first six weeks, if our baby cries, Keith or I are to be the ones to address the need and comfort our baby. That’s for bonding purposes. Well, apparently that’s not “normal.” Apparently, it’s “normal” for grandparents and aunts and uncles to feed and change babies from early on. So I guess that’s a change. Plus they’re going to address how our families can support us while we wait.

I’m looking forward to the event, as we have 9 family members attending. In fact, I’m going to email the presenter (who heads up the agency) and ask if anyone else is attending. If not, I’m going to ask her to come to our house. The agency is 1 hour north of us; it would certainly be easier for her to drive south instead of 5 carloads of people to drive north.

That same weekend I get to host my niece’s first birthday party, because even my brother and his wife are coming down from Detroit! They are super excited we are adopting, get to be parents, and get to provide cousins for their children. They want to be as supportive as possible, too!

So…that’s our adoption update 🙂

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