Back in this February post, I mentioned a upcoming movie called The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Ryan and I saw it over the weekend, and I am officially giving it my stamp of approval. :) It's got infertility, adoption, a good cast, and a cute storyline. Definitely worth watching, in my opinion. :) The trailer is below, if you've never seen it.
Friday, August 24, 2012
Last night we went to our second and final adoption class, which was called Domestic Adoption Decisions. I think that perhaps our expectations were a little misguided. :) No need to go into wordy details, but let's just say that I must have looked like this during the whole thing-
In other news, we turned in most of our paperwork! woohoo! The last items on our checklist are medical exams, writing our autobiographies, and reading the required books. It seems like the book reading has a more flexible deadline than the other two items though. We need to have the autobiographies written by the second interview with our social worker, so that is going to be our top priority for right now. I plan to follow up next week (if I don't hear from them first) about scheduling our first interview. I'm really trying to get us through the interviews in September so that we will be approved and ready to be matched with a birthmother by October 1st (my birthday!). Here's hoping! :)
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
There is nothing that warms my heart more than hearing of someone conquering infertility. And when that someone is a dear friend who has been there for most of our own journey, it's even more thrilling. :) Josh and Bran have been dealing with a double dose of infertility, and I am so happy to publicly congratulate them on their precious little miracle. :) What a blessing to finally see both of you on this new road of pregnancy and parenthood. Praise God for successful IVF cycles! :)
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Our next class is a week from tomorrow and I am determined to get another several items checked off our homestudy list before then. Yesterday I bought three of the five books that we need to read so that we can at least get started on those. I am currently trying to get our financial statement together. We have our LiveScan (background screening and fingerprinting) set for Saturday and an child/infant CPR class on Monday. Little by little we're getting there! :) The next batch of stuff that we turn in should be enough checks off the list to allow us to schedule the first meeting with our social worker. Woohoo! :)
Friday, August 10, 2012
Ryan and I had a wonderful time at our first adoption education class last night. :) There were four other couples there, and the setting was more like a discussion group than an actual class. We broke into two groups and discussed several different adoption issues from the perspective of all three parties involved - birthparents, adoptive parents, and adoptee. Each person in this Adoption Triad experiences loss, which manifests itself in various ways like feeling rejected, guilty, grieved, etc. For example, the adoptive parents could feel rejection from society because their family does not all look alike, the birthparents could feel rejected from their peers who think they are not making the right decision, and the adopted child could feel a sense of rejection from their birthparents choice to make an adoption plan. We all feel it, so this should be something that binds us together, and makes us a more unified team.
I don't really feel like we learned anything new necessarily, but we totally enjoyed spending time with other adoptive couples. I loved being able to discuss adoption with others who have been through infertility and even pregnancy loss. We're all coming from the same perspective, we have gone through the same heartache, and we all just want to be parents. It was neat. :) The next class is in two weeks with the same group of people and I am looking forward to spending more time with them. :)