Thursday, July 30, 2009

Strep, Summer, Sorry!

Sorry I dropped out of the blogosphere for a bit! It is summer and we are always really busy in the summer. Then this past weekend I somehow (?) got strep throat. Yes, in the middle of the summer. I've been on some heavy antibiotics all week and am finally feeling better today. It really knocked me out between the fever, sore throat and high dose antibiotics! I've been sleeping like 10 hours a night all week! Luckily the doctor informed me that children under 2 are not really susceptible to strep. Go figure. So although I have not been kissing KJ on the face or anything I haven't needed to keep completely away from him. I don't think that I could anyway!

This weekend we are going to Philly to visit Kevin's parents and pick up cousin Mimi! KJ and Mimi always have so much fun together. She is going to be staying with us for a week and we are really excited. We are hopefully going to take a trip to the Bronx Zoo and Mimi will also get to come with me to work and attend our day camp. Here's Mimi and KJ at his first birthday party.

Other than all that not much has been going on here! We are still looking into agencies/facilitators to use for our second adoption. I received some helpful information from my bloggy friend Crystal about a facilitator in her home state who needs families open to AA children (who doesn't? - so sad...) but anyway, I spoke with her on the phone and got a good feeling. I am just waiting on getting her information packet and application. Then we shall see where God leads!

Thanks as always for following our journey. Have a blessed day!


Monday, July 20, 2009

One of the things I like most about being an adoptive family is that other people ask us about adoption.  It always gives my heart joy to hear that someone is thinking about adoption or has it on their hearts.  I love to answer their questions and serve as a resource.  Granted my experience is limited to just one circumstance... but hopefully that will grow to more than one over time.

So ask away!


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Things I Don't Like in Adoption: Part One

#1: ADVERTISING: Specifically advertising for "birth mothers".  It grosses me out and gives me the heeby-jeebies.  It seems predatory to me and honestly, if you are thinking about adoption I don't think you need to be stalked.  Having information in a phone book is one thing.  But to run commercials and place ads on the internet (specifically within adoption forums) is something totally different to me. 

I specifically dislike ones that begin with "Looking for a Newborn Baby?"  WHAT?!  Let us just find the right one to fit YOUR family.  Not anything about what the child needs but what will fit YOUR family.  Blech.  I know, I know - I am an adoptive mom.  I adopted *gasp* a newborn baby.  I don't know.  Maybe I am a complete imbecile and live in fantasy land.  I just don't think that adoption should be run like the stock market.  It should not be an "industry".

There are needs out there.  There are kids who need homes.  There are pregnant women who need options.  But it should be about the moms first.  What if they can or should parent?  What if you never are placed with a child because they are all staying with their bio families?  We need to be just as ready to rejoice in that as we are ready to rejoice with a placement.  Are you ready for that?  Do you get *excited* when your agency has a lot of placements?  Take a minute to think about what that means.  It means more families are being broken up.  More women are parting with children they've nourished and loved for nine months.

Adoption is NOT about families who need or want babies.  At least it shouldn't be. . . . think about it today.


Monday, July 6, 2009

Bye, bye baba!

So we officially are done with bottles.  Hallelujah!  He's been done with them for over two weeks now but the big test was this past week when he stayed with my in-laws for the week.  We thought for sure he would "relapse" - but no!  We have a big boy now. :)