I’ve been trying to write a new post for a couple days but nothing specific was coming to me so I decided to read some articles and see if anything could get me writing. The article I chose is from Adoptive Families (it can be found here http://www.adoptivefamilies.com/articles.php?aid=1246), Its called Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda. Its basically about what new adoptive parents wish they had to done before, and things they were grateful that they did do before the big day came for them to bring their new child home. So below is my version of what I’ve learned from going through the process once already and a bit of what Im feeling toward the future adoption :)
-We had the nursery pretty much ready….we had it painted and all the furniture etc ready so all we had to do was add some girly colors in and buy bedding etc. (This time we have done basically the same thing, neutral pale green room so we can decorate for a boy or girl, and we will finish it once we get a match).
-We had future adoption experience with my sister being a birthmom and having an open adoption with her son. This let us know how awesome and amazing adoption can be and we knew thats what we wanted, and we’re hoping for again with new baby. We love Brooklyn’s birth family and couldnt be happier that we were chosen by such amazing people!
-Our families, friends, co-workers, everyone basically was so super supportive! Our families and friends came to visit and brought Brooklyn tons of wonderful gifts, my co-workers put together a great baby shower (very last minute because we only had 3 weeks from the match until Brooklyn was born), Mike’s co-workers gave us an amazing gift of tons of home cooked frozen meals from a local company. That was all so appreciated and very helpful :)
What I’m Planning On Doing Different This Time…..
-Investing in a better baby carrier!! Last time I only got a sling, it was hard to wear and Brooklyn didnt seem comfortable in it. I think the key is to find a good carrier that works for you and the baby. This time Im going to use the borrowing plan that Belly Laugh’s store has so I can find the right carrier since it will be easier to manage a toddler and a newborn out in public ;)
-Not over buying on clothes!!! Last time I found we bought way to much for each age range and we didnt get to wear all the outfits. This time I’d rather just buy a bunch of good quality outfits and make sure he/she gets to wear them all.
-Not falling for all the gimmick type things they advertise parents “need” (ie. baby bath tub, wipes warmer, bottle warmer, fancy diaper bag, etc.)
Im sure there’s more I could think of but to be honest thats the main stuff……and not gonna lie Austin Powers the Spy Who Shagged Me just came on tv and who would want to miss this classic ;)