Baby/toddler adoption: beginning well
I’m hard at work on my latest book proposal. It’s one I’ve been wanting to write for awhile –a book about adoption! I’ll be sharing about our adoption journey. But I also plan to include stories from other adoptive families. So I’m planning on asking for feedback from time to time to get a broader viewpoint from which to share.
My questions today are about initial adjustment for babies and toddlers who arrived home before 24 months of age.
1.) What went well during your baby’s first weeks and months home?
2.) What was hardest for you? For your child?
3.) What do you think was most helpful in settling your baby in? What did you feel best/most sure about in those early months?
4.) What would you do differently if you had it to do over?
Be sure to include how old your child was at homecoming. If you’re game to share your infant adoption experience, answer in comments below, or write to me at mary.owlhaven (at) gmail.com You can write in paragraphs in story format, or you can simply answer the questions one by one as I presented them.
One last note: I really, really want to hear the truth. If your experience was great, awesome. But don’t be afraid to tell the hard parts of your story. Sometimes adoptive moms feel almost contractually obligated to make the journey look like all sunshine. I don’t think we do folks any favors by doing that. Do I want to encourage adoptive families and folks considering adoption? Without a doubt. But I believe we can share honestly while still lifting up and encouraging other moms on the same journey.
I’m eager to hear from you.