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Adoption Concerns: What About Medical History?

Monday, August 20, 2018

Something that is frequently discussed when it comes to infant adoption is medical history. It plays a role in many stages of the adoption process: How much are you able to know about an expectant birthmother before deciding to present or be matched? How much do you know throughout pregnancy? After birth? Each state varies when it comes to adoption. Even agencies within the same state may differ in their policies and practices. Truly every adoption situation is unique and may or may not be similar to another. After our experience with adoption and the adoption stories I've learned through our journey I wanted to share some of my thoughts regarding medical history when it comes to the adoption process: Going In With Proper Expectations It's common for hopeful adoptive parents to enter into adoption imaging a "Juno" type situation. A young teenage girl who makes healthy lifestyle choices and just can't raise a child. This is not the reality of adoption.

The End of the Era of Babies

Thursday, August 16, 2018

For as long as I can remember I've wanted four kids. Both of my parents came from larger families and I loved seeing the way they supported each other and were there for each other into adulthood. Four was my number. My dream. My goal and hope. There were many, many reasons we decided to adopt our fourth baby. And when we made the decision I found that there were many positive reasons beyond even just the obvious ones. A large one for me was that I wouldn't go into a fourth pregnancy. I wouldn't carry a baby for 9 months knowing it was the last time I'd ever have that experience. I wouldn't give birth and cry tears of both joy and sadness knowing that it'd be the last time we'd have that incredible moment. My third pregnancy was my last pregnancy. It was my last time giving birth . My last time nursing a baby from my breast. And I had no idea at the time that it was "the last." I'm thankful for that. I'm thankful I just treated it lik

Spear Summary of Month 7

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

This is a summary of Spear's 7th month of life which spanned the entire month of June. He was 6 months old during this month! Eating:  Well. The day arrived. It was truly time for me to get my butt in gear and start feeing Spear some solids! I really put it off as long as I could haha. It's not my fav and it's def a stage that makes me glad to be DONE with babies moving forward. One last that I'm not getting teary eyed about for sure! With all my babies I've always used Take and Toss cups for their sippy cups . I've always been happy with how they've held up, how easy they were for the kids to manage, and never had any major issues regarding spills or anything. But I've had SO MANY people swear by the Munchin 360 Trainer that I wanted to try it this time around. Last kid...might as well try out the latest and greatest while I can right? I swear this cup is like invented by aliens. I don't get the science behind it or how it actually works or ho

Meeting Up With Mama E (Spear's Birth Family)

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

I started writing about our meet-up with some of Spear's biological family as part of his monthly update post for his 7th month of life and realized I just had WAY too much to say and it needed to be it's own blog post. Plus, it's a pretty big deal and a post that I may want to reference in the future so it's nice to have it stand alone :)  In early June we met up with Mama E and three of her children as well as Spear's birth father's sister. Our adoption is considered an open adoption. Legally all that means is that we have contact after placement. There are closed adoptions which are where the adoptive family has no contact at all or often even knows who the birth family is...and then there are open adoptions which can mean anything from just having that knowledge, to having some contact, to having regular visits.  Our official agreement is that we send photos and update letters to the lawyer every month until Spear is 1 and then at 18 months and then

10 Years of Blogging

Monday, August 13, 2018

10 years. 3,039 posts. 8,442,417 post views. This is what 10 years of blogging dedication looks like!  I celebrated my 10th blogging birthday this past week ( you can view the post...and GIVEAWAY here. It ends TONIGHT yall! ) and it really is just insane to me that it's been a full decade since I started blogging.  Since I focused my 10th year post on the giveaway, I really wanted to take some time today to focus on the blog :)  Photo by the incredible Captured by Colson!
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